Toast dad this Father's Day with these 11 cocktails


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Don't forget dad on Father's Day! Here are 11 cocktails to choose from so you can toast dad on his special day this Sunday.


1. The Havana

Honest Cooking 

Pamela Braun, the food blogger behind Honest Cooking, explains that this drink, originally created by Shawn Layton of L’Abattoir in Vancouver, contains Cuban tobacco-infused bourbon, Marsala, bitters and whiskey. Her version is a little different, but promises to be just as good. Braun offers some sage words of advice, too, and it all seems to direct you to the middle ground. Don't use dad's favorite cigars that he keeps stashed away, but do use a good-quality cigar. You don't have to break the bank on the bourbon you use, but don't get the cheap stuff, either. And, if you can, make a single large ice cube to add to the glass. It not only swanks up the presentation but also melts slower than a bunch of small cubes.


2. The Tom Collins


Where we would be without Food52? It waxes poetic about the beauty of the Collins, calling it "a refresher, a drink meant for before dinner or for long, hot summer afternoons, the kind full of lazy heat when the only thing that will do is the cooperation of citrus, sugar, soda and spirit." If that doesn't make you want a sip, we don't know what will. It's also a low-maintenance drink, requiring just a few ingredients that are easy to get.


3. Cinnamon Whisky Cocktail

Shari's Berries 

Shari's Berries featured this recipe from Michael Wurm Jr., who explains that Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, not surprisingly, has a spicy cinnamon kick similar to a Red Hot. And it's just three ingredients. Easy-peasy.


4. Amaretto Slush


Dad is sure to cool off with this recipe featured on Tastebook. This isn't your regular old slushie, that's for sure. Pairs perfectly with a backyard barbecue.


5. Whiskey Lemonade with Honey

A Beautiful Mess 

Speaking of refreshing hard drinks, here's this recipe from A Beautiful Mess. Low in sugar, this cocktail is simple, tart and lightly sweet with just the right amount of booziness.


6. Knock Your Socks Off

So I've Been Thinking 

So I've Been Thinking wanted to take a traditionally masculine drink and tweak it enough to be crisp and light for summer sipping without sacrificing the original's deep flavors. Her final concoction was this twist on the classic Manhattan. Bottoms up!


7. Papa McCoy Father's Day Cocktail


Chilled featured this recipe made with the Real McCoy white rum. The sweetness is balanced perfectly by the fresh grapefruit and lime juices.


8. Kiwi-Strawberry Bellini

U Try It 

Bellini is a cocktail with mixture of Prosecco and, usually peach purée. U Try It added kiwis and strawberries since they are both in season, and add a splash of extra color and burst of flavor.


9. Bloody Mary


Start Father's Day on the right foot with this fantastic recipe by Culicurious. No store-bought mix for this homemade concoction, but you can go ahead and use some V8 juice. It's far nicer than straight-up tomato juice.


10. The Superman

 Plume et Fourchette

We couldn't resist including this super recipe from Plume et Fourchette (Pen and Fork) — despite it being in French. So here goes: 1 ounce Southern Comfort, 1 ounce cranberry juice, 1/2 ounce grenadine, Diet 7 Up or Sprite, 1 ounce of gin, 1/2 ounce blue curaçao. Fill a highball glass with ice and put the ingredients in the order listed. You'll have to eyeball the Diet 7 Up or Sprite, pouring what you need while leaving enough space for the gin and curaçao. Voilà!


11. The Father's Day Mai “Tie”

Sugar and Charm 

Sugar and Charm reinvented the Mai Tai for dad. The puntastic cocktail is made with three different rums and slightly sweetened with Torani almond syrup, pineapple juice and fresh lime juice. Don't forget the fabric tie!