Mix It Up This Father's Day

Treat dad to one of these 6 great cocktails


Father's Day is a time when dads around the country can sit back, relax, and let their (of-age) kids play bartender. Whether he's up for anything, or stuck in his old scotch and soda routine, now is the time to mix things up and impress dad with your cocktail knowledge!

Eager to please but looking for a little advice this Sunday? Try an updated gin and tonic with tarragon sprigs, or a Bloody Mary with bacon-flavored vodka. Or if dad's a beer guy, check out the Groundskeeper, a beer-based cocktail that's sure to still quench his thirst. With killer cocktail recipes like these, the big guy is sure to be one happy dad.

And of course, if your father is more of an oenophile, don't forget to check out our Father's Day food and wine pairings on Snooth and What's Cookin!
Photo credit: Drink of the Week

The Happy Dad

1 1/2 oz Oval Vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Campari
orange twist for garnish
Shake first three ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange twist.

The Godfather

1 1/2 oz. Scotch Whisky
1/2 oz. Amaretto
Combine in a rocks glass with ice.

Bakon Mary

1½ oz. Bakon Vodka in a pint glass filled with ice.
Fill glass with tomato juice
1 dash each of celery salt and ground black pepper
2-4 dashes each of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco
1/8 tsp. horseradish
Shake and pour into a salt rimmed pint glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and your favorite pickled vegetables.

Summer Gin and Tonic

2 1/2 ounces gin
2 finely chopped tarragon sprigs
4 ounces chilled tonic water
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin and tarragon sprigs and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with the tonic water.

Old Fashioned

2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1/4 oz. 2:1 rich simple syrup (or one sugar cube if preferred)
orange peel
Ice cubes
Muddle syrup and orange peel in glass. Add bitters and whiskey and stir. Add ice cubes and stir again.


Pour 1 oz ultrasmoky single-malt Scotch, such as Ardbeg or Laphroaig, into a pint glass. Add 12 oz chilled Bud or other American pilsner.

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  • Snooth User: RBE614
    826276 1

    What options do you have for low calorie cocktails? Agave Nectar is still basically sugar and not really low cal. Monin and Splenda leave an awful after taste.

    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:55 AM

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