Sunday Spirits: The Six Best Liquors For Father's Day

Dads can be difficult to buy a gift for. I mean, how many power tools or shirt and tie combinations do they really need? This Father’s Day give Dad something he can actually enjoy: booze! Whether he prefers clear or dark liquors, I’ve got you covered.



Speyburn Distillery, founded in 1897, has come out with the perfect gift for Scotch-lovers: the Speyburn 10 Year Old Source Water Gift Pack ($30), featuring whisky and water from Speyside, Scotland.

Speyburn goes right to the source, bottling its local, pure spring water for those whisky aficionados who believe that adding a drop or two of water enhances the aromas and flavors of the spirit.

Speyburn’s house style is a balance of sweet and savory and the Speyburn 10, matured in a combination of American oak, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, is an approachable dram with hints of toffee and butterscotch, and a bit of malt and smoke on the finish. Perfect for Dad, who is also mostly sweet with a hint of spice.



High West Distillery, founded in 2006 by biochemist David Perkins and his wife Jane, was the first legal distillery to trade in Utah since the 1870s. David was inspired to open his own distillery after seeing the similarities between fermentation and distilling and his own work in biochemistry.

High West makes a wide range of spirits, mostly Bourbon and Rye, all distilled in traditional copper pot stills. Surprise Dad with a Wine Chef favorite: High West Rendezvous Rye, a delicious whiskey whose initial notes of oak, fruit, spices and pepper are followed by toffee and classic vanilla. Dad can drink it neat, with a little water, on the rocks, or in a classic rye-based cocktail, like a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, or a Sazerac.

Tip: If visiting Park City, High West’s restaurant, The Saloon, is a must-visit gastro-distillery offering tours and an lively restaurant featuring alpine-inspired western fare. (Note: Reservations at this popular spot in the heart of downtown Park City are a must. High West Saloon is a 21+ only venue).



Foursquare Rum Distillery, situated on a former sugar plantation in Barbados, is where the Seale family has been producing fine rums since 1820. Their “Exceptional Cask Selection” vintage series editions are sought after by rum enthusiasts worldwide and are meant to be savored neat. This is not a simple rum to be drunk from a coconut or mixed with coca cola!

Show Dad you appreciate his sophisticated style with this sipping rum that has been aged in ex-bourbon casks.


Does Dad love history? Pair the rum with Wayne Curtis’s informative and entertaining book, “And a Bottle of Rum - A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails.” Curtis details the fascinating history of rum, from the pirates and profiteers who traded it, to mixologists who now revel in perfecting the art of creating the best rum cocktails.

Photo: Thatcher’s Vodka

Photo: Thatcher’s Vodka


Keep Dear Old Dad healthy and gluten-free with Thatcher’s Organic Small Batch Vodka, made with all natural products (no high fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives or flavorings) and an organic distillation process.

Serve crisp and clean on the rocks or whip up a batch of “Berry Smash” cocktails, loaded with blackberries, blueberries and fresh citrus. Dad (and everyone else) will thank you for it.

Photo: Qui Tequila

Photo: Qui Tequila


Qui Tequila, an extra-añejo, created by ex-lawyer turned passionate spirits producer Pete Girgis. After three and a half years of aging in oak barrels (hence the rich flavors of butterscotch, honey, hazelnut, vanilla, and a hint of oak), the liquid undergoes a second distillation, giving the tequila an incredibly smooth finish. 

Qui was named one of the “Five Best Bottles to Buy Now” by the Wall Street Journal and can be found in many top restaurants and liquor stores.

Served neat, on the rocks, or in a margarita, this tequila will have Dad doing the Mexican Hat Dance in no time!



Give Dad the gift of traveling to India without having to leave his favorite lounge chair!

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, made in the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of the more interesting spirits coming out of India. This is a classic-style gin, with an Indian twist, made from eleven botanicals, seven of which come from India: Darjeeling green tea, lemongrass, vetiver, orange and lemon peel, caraway seed, pepper, juniper berries, coriander, angelica root, and licorice. The blend is reminiscent of a London Dry Gin without any flavorings added after the final distillation.

I absolutely love Jaisalmer’s enticing notes of citrus and subtle Indian spices and so will Dad. Delicious in a classic Gin and Tonic or in The Lion’s Den cocktail recipe below.

Dad will love the story of how this cocktail was inspired by the recent heavyweight boxing match at Madison Square Garden between world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz, the clear underdog. Ruiz scored one of the biggest upsets in boxing history by beating Joshua with a technical knockout in the seventh round.

I’ll bet Dad will relate to Ruiz, who, despite having a doughy, “Dad Bod,” is now a world champion!



Makes 2 cocktails

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon Juice

2 ounces Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin

2 ounces Grand Marnier or Orange Brandy

2 slices of orange

Place all ingredients in a metal cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glasses.