Stock your dad’s bar for Father’s Day
You know Dad deserves a treat. Make it a memorable one with these 5 bottles.
Fact: Many men like to drink alcohol. Another fact: Many men are fathers. Statistically speaking, this means you have a good chance of succeeding in pleasing Dad on Father's Day with a bottle of liquor. And if you're a dad reading this, well, you definitely deserve to treat yourself – especially to one (or two, or three ...) of the bottles on this list.
Brennivin (Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery)
This is a strong – I repeat STRONG – drink, and one that wasn't widely available to Americans until very recently. Made with grain or potato mash and flavored with caraway, this is the Icelandic version of schnapps.
Tell Dad to drink it cold and in a shot glass on a special occasion like the Icelanders do. Or just tell him that every day is a special occasion so he can enjoy it whenever he wants.
This bitter liqueur straight out of Italy is perfect for those warm summer days where you want a light drink that won't leave you blitzed. Popular as the main component of the Negroni, Campari mixed with a bit of soda water and an orange wedge isn't a bad way to go either.
Interesting and harmless fact: until a few years ago, Campari got its red color from carmine dye, which is derived from crushed cochineal insects. Yum.
Aviv 613 Vodka
It took three years to perfect the recipe of this seven-ingredient Israeli vodka, and in the few short years since it's gone to market, the hard work seems to be paying off. Awarded several medals for its taste and quality, Aviv's biggest coup might be that it was included in the gift bags given to Academy Award attendees at this year's ceremony.
If Dad likes a smooth, flavorful vodka that doesn't taste cheap (and has a cool-looking bottle), this is probably the one for him.
Pappy Van Winkle Reserve 15yr
Pappy Van Winkle is considered one of the best bourbons on the market. Considered by many to be the best bourbon on the planet, Pappy's reputation and limited availability means tracking down a bottle of any one of the six reserves is no easy task. The 23yr is especially rare and valuable – so rare and valuable, in fact, that thieves actually stole 65 cases of the stuff back in 2013 from the distillery that makes it.
If you can track a bottle down, the 15yr is a good compromise on age and price. Consider a bottle an investment: If you can find Dad one, you'll be off the hook for a gift for a long while.
Dunc's Mill Maple Rum
Rum made from maple syrup? Yes, please. Imagine the pancakes Dad could make with this stuff! Concocted by former academic and current master distiller Duncan Holaday, Dunc's Mill maple rum uses syrup that comes straight from the Vermont woods, which surround his production facility.
Notes of oak, honey and stone fruit create a complex flavor that sets it apart from the sugar cane rums you're used to.
Pirassununga Cachaça 51
A very popular drink in its country of origin, Brazil, cachaça is made from fresh sugarcane juice that is fermented and distilled. There are tens of thousands of producers in Brazil alone, but 51 is a popular brand that's relatively easy to come by in the States.
Depending on Dad's tolerance, you might want him to stick to using it the way Americans are used to using it, in tropical drinks like the caipirinha.
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