Finding a unique gift for father’s day can be a challenge, and if your dad’s one of those people who appreciates the finer things in life, a great bottle of spirits is always a solid way to show some love. Now if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary and completely out of this world, well you’ve come to the right place.
Of course, for dad’s who are traditionalists, you can’t go wrong with an Old Fashioned Bar Kit that comes straight from the source in Nashville Tennessee where Christopher Thomas, managing partner of Eli Mason recommends mixing their Old Fashioned blend with something in the 90-101 proof range like Wild Turkey or Rittenhouse Rye.
“If you’re feeling adventurous, pick up a bottle of the barrel-aged espolon tequila and make an Old Fashioned with that using our syrup, really interesting,” Thomas told Forbes.
No matter what your dad’s spirit of choice may be, from a bottle of vodka the evokes the spirit of Copenhagen to a gin made in the Black Forest of Germany and a 500-year old rum from the Dominican Republic, these uniquely tried and true bottles from around the world are sure to spark a little joy in any dad’s heart this father’s day.
Amass Botanic Vodka
Inspired by Copenhagen’s long summer night’s, AMASS Botanic Vodka features notes of marigold, chamomile, and lemon and celebrates Nordic distilling and tradition at its finest. The perfect father’s day antidote, the botanicals in this beautiful bottle are distilled on an Aquavit still that create subtle layers of flowers folded around fresh, hand-grated citrus. The end result is a delight pour that delicious on the rocks or mixed with some lemon juice, chamomile honey syrup and fresh flowers for the garnish. Skål!
Hangar 1 Vodka
Made in a WWII-era hangar in Oakland, California, Hangar 1 Vodka is distilled using American grains and grapes that make for a well balanced, straight forward vodka with slightly fruity notes on the finish. Hangar produces a variety of vodka styles so if you’re looking for something with a twist, Mandarin Blossom is an excellent orange based vodka worth checking out as is the Makrut Lime or Rosé Vodka with notes of apples and sweet pea blossoms.
The first-ever 100% Mexican corn whisky, Abasolo is distilled from the finest, non-GMO Cacahuazintle corn that’s been cultivated over generations by local farmers. Between now and August 1st, Abasolo is donating 100% of its profits to ‘Another Round Another Rally,’ a nonprofit organization raising emergency funds for hospitality workers facing economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy this beautiful honey forward whisky on the rocks or with a splash of Topo Chico for little zest.
Crafted in the Austria Alps using pure fed Austrian spring water, NEFT Vodka is not only incredibly smooth, but the vessel that it comes in—a miniature oil barrel that keeps the contents inside cold for up to six hours—is truly unique. Sip this straight or with some lemon juice, honey syrup and raspberries topped with some Prosecco over ice for a signature NEFT Honey Bear cocktail.
Milk & Honey Distillery Whisky
Straight from the promised land, Milk & Honey serves as Tel Aviv’s only whisky distillery and this year they’ve released a personalized single cask whisky edition and cask just in time for father’s day.
Monkey Gin 47
For dad’s who love a good gin and are looking for something really special, Monkey 47 Gin hails from the Black Forest in Germany and features 47 botanicals from juniper and lingonberry to spruce shoots, lavender and blackberry. With its beautiful handcrafted bottle design, this gorgeous spirit is an easy summer sipper on a warm night made equally excellent when mixed with some fresh lemon, simple syrup and seltzer for the ultimate Tom Collins.
As legend has it, Academy Award winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh discovered Singani 63 when he was on location in Bolivia filming the movie Ché. Made from the Muscat of Alexandria grapes that are grown at an altitude of 5200 feet in the Bolivian Andes, Singani dates back some 500 years and is widely considered the national spirit of the country. Made by 4th generation distillers, this truly unique spirit is unlike anything your dad’s ever tasted and is best served on the rocks or mixed in to your favorite cocktail.
Inspired by the rocky, rugged shores found in coastal New England, Hardshore Distilling Company in Maine launched their flagship Hardshore Original Gin in 2016 and its been a hit ever since. Despite being made with only a handful of botanicals, this deeply complex spirit with notes of fresh rosemary and mint on the nose and coriander and Tuscan juniper on the finish is a steady sipper that’s excellent on the rocks or mixed with tonic for after dinner negronis.
Abner Doubleday Bourbon
Cooperstown, NY is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame so it only makes sense that this specialty bourbon courtesy of the Cooperstown Distillery comes in a specialty baseball decanter. Not only is this an excellent sipping spirit, this blend of young and five-year-old bourbons drinks like a fine older bourbon should and is a great gift idea for the baseball loving dad’s who might be missing out on all the MLB action this season. If bourbon’s not your dad’s style but you still love this bottle, you can also opt to buy the Doubleday Whisky or Doubleday Double Play Vodka, or try all three in The Triple Play gift set.
What tequila is to Mexico, Candela Mamajuana rum is to the Dominican Republic. Inspired by the original 500-year old recipe and made with fine Dominican rum, natural spices, and honey, Mamajuana in addition to this divine spirit being one of the most traditional drinks of choice in the D.R, this beautiful bottle of Candela is unique as it’s the only Mamajuana rum widely available for sale in the US.