Father’s Day gifts in whiskies, wines, spirits: what to give dad

An easy gift for dad this Father’s Day isn’t a tie that will be relegated to the back of the closet, it’s a bottle of his favorite spirit to display proudly behind the bar or on the liquor cart.

Instead of playing it safe this year, consider getting the dad or father figure on your list something different, a new brand, or even an entirely different type of spirit.

In search of gifts for the fathers and future fathers around me, I have done some in-depth work that could make things a little easier for you, or at the very least, stimulate your creativity. Enjoy these five finds for dads who like to relax with a glass of wine, or a cocktail or two.

At Zaddy’s

I chose this not only because it rhymes with daddy, but because At Zaddy’s is the “next Gin-eration cocktail”, as its slogan says. These ready-to-drink gin cocktails are bright and fun, both the packaging and what’s inside.

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Flavors include: Gin(Ger) Fizz, a riff on the traditional gin fizz; Gin Sonic, a lighter version of gin and tonic; and the Corpse Reviver, with citrus and fennel, is a cocktail that is said to “revive” someone from a hangover.

All three were found to be light, refreshing and less alcoholic than a traditional gin cocktail. Zaddy’s is also low in calories (100) and sugar (2-3 grams) for each 12-ounce can. It’s perfect for the summer. ($11.99 (pack of four)

KLYR rum

KLYR rum is ultra-filtered and drinks almost like a vodka.

Rum is another popular summer spirit that can sometimes be hard to pin down. It can be dark and sweet, or light in color but loaded with alcohol that almost burns.

KLYR, brand new to the United States, is not like any clear rum you’ve probably had before. Distilled 12 times, filtered 18 times, gluten and sugar free, it is drunk more like a creamy vodka while retaining an undeniable rummy quality.

The packaging even looks like vodka, clean and simple. This may be your new go-to spirit to mix and sip in the summer. Just a pinch of citrus and a splash of club soda is really all you need, or use it as the base for everything from a mule to a martini or margarita. ($27)

Tequila Bribon Reposado

Tequila Bribon Reposado comes from one of the main tequila producing families in Mexico.

Tequila is more than just a light liquor for margaritas and bar shots. It’s a robust spirit that, when aged properly, also has a sweet side.

Also new to the US market, this one is made by the Orendain family, one of the top three tequila producing families in Mexico. Making tequila since 1924, the family created it as a affordable rest which will appeal to connoisseurs and novices alike.

Complex but still approachable, it is balanced, with an array of flavors that include hints of dried fruit, nuts and vanilla. ($34.99)

Starward Octave Barrels Whiskey Single Malt

Starward Octave Barrels Australian Single Malt Whiskey

Whiskey, for many, is the quintessential ‘daddy drink’, and the spirit has never been more popular. Liquor store shelves team up with whiskey from around the world, but you won’t find much from Australia.

Starward Projects comes from the land beneath, and this is the brand’s first American release.

One of the many things that makes it different is the smaller barrels used for aging. They once owned Octavius ​​Shiraz, one of Barossa’s most iconic wines. Bold, oak-soaked flavors bring a different intensity to the whiskey that includes notes of dark fruit, caramel and toast. ($79.99)

By proxy “on demand”


There are plenty of great wines to gift Dad, but this one is an experience. Vicarious “On Demand” is a virtual tasting event you can enjoy anywhere to bond over a drink, including with Dad.

Each kit contains two Napa Valley wines, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend, plus a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in a choice of 4-ounce, 8-ounce, or 750-milliliter bottles.

The experience includes three hours of a variety of videos that take you behind the scenes of winemaking, on a tour of the vineyards, and through a fun and informative tasting with the winemaker. Taste all four wines at once or on your own schedule. ($65 – $195)

When buying these, or any other drinkware, consider adding a set of glassware or barware for an extra touch. Kudos to dads everywhere. Happy Father’s Day.

Gina Birch writes about food, wine and spirits for The News-Press and on thebirchbeat.blogspot.com. Follow her like @ginabirch on Twitter and find her on Facebook.

Shirley M. Pinder