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We’ve got Father’s Day cocktails for every kind of Dad

Devoted Scotch fan? Sweet tooth? Rad Dad? Spice fiend? Choose a Father’s Day cocktail to fit their style, shop the spirits, then make a batch cocktail to enjoy together.

Siblings making Father's Day cocktails

From dads and step-dads to uncles, teachers and coaches, father figures aren’t all the same and there’s also a lot of diversity when it comes to their favourite drinks. Ahead of Father’s Day, why don’t you splash out on a bottle of something special for Dad. To go that step further, celebrate those spirits they love by serving them in some seriously suave cocktails. We’ve gathered a motley crew of different cocktails for Father’s Day to cover all bases, and it’s easy to upsize them into batch cocktails to cater to a crowd if you’ve got the extended family coming over.

For the adventurer: Peanut Butter Old Fashioned

You can rarely go astray with a classic cocktail like an Old Fashioned. But if Dad is a fan of bold flavours, serve up a twist on the traditional with a Peanut Butter Old Fashioned. The indulgent drink pairs peanut-heavy Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey with a dash of bitters and sugar cubes to sweeten.



Ingredients (Serves 2)


120mL Sheep Dog Peanut Butter Whiskey

2 sugar cubes (or 2 bar spoons of sugar syrup)

4 dashes of bitters

Orange twist, to serve

Ice cubes, to serve



  1. Divide the sugar and bitters between 2 small tumbler glasses and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Fill the glasses with ice and pour in the whiskey. Garnish with orange to serve.

For the minimalist: Japanese G&T

Embrace the growing world of Japanese gins with a bottle of its best. Roku Gin is not only rich in the flavours of yuzu and green tea, but makes for a mean Japanese gin and tonic – mix it with some quality tonic water and don’t forget the ginger garnish.



Ingredients – Serves 2


120ml Roku Gin

Tonic water, to serve

Ice cubes, to serve

Sliced ginger, to garnish



1 Fill 2 tall serving glasses with ice. Divide the gin between the glasses.

2 Top with tonic. Garnish with ginger to serve.

For those who like it hot: Spicy Tommy’s margarita

Does your Dad fall on the spicy side? Perk up a classic Tommy’s margarita with a quality tequila like Espolon Tequila Blanco then give it a chilli salt rim. If you dare, top it with red chilli slices too. Turn it into a group activity by making it in a jug or punch bowl and serve with tacos.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 tbs sea salt flakes

½ tsp chilli flakes

Ice cubes, to serve

120mL Espolon Tequila Blanco

60mL lime juice

30mL agave syrup

Lime slices or lime wedges, to garnish


  1. Combine sea salt flakes and chilli flakes on a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of 2 serving glasses. Dip in salt mixture to coat. Fill with ice.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice and agave syrup and shake until well combined and chilled.
  3. Fill the prepared serving glasses with ice. Strain over the cocktail. Garnish with lime.

For the chocolate lover: Toblerone

If you gift Dad some classic chocolate and liqueurs for Father’s Day, you’ll be ready to make a round of Toblerone cocktails. Choc-loving dads will fall hard for this drink, which mingles the trifecta of Irish cream, hazelnut and coffee flavoured liqueurs (aka Baileys, Frangelico and Kahlua) with cream, honey and chocolate sauce.

For the Jack fan: Spiced Mule

Got Jack Daniel’s drinkers in the family? Treat them to a refreshing Spiced Mule this Father’s Day. Spicy but sweet all in one mouthful, this cocktail is just Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, lime and a decent serving of ginger beer swirled together.

For the non-drinker: Shirley Temple

If Dad’s not drinking, whip up a refreshing mocktail like the Shirley Temple. Make it with 90mL ginger ale, 90mL zesty orange juice and a cheeky dash of grenadine over ice, then pop a cherry on top. Whoever feels like something stronger can throw in some vodka and to make an on-trend Dirty Shirley.

For the 00s throwback: Midori splice

Take a walk down memory lane with an early 2000s favourite, the Midori Splice. A celebration of the melon-flavoured (and electrically coloured) Midori, the Midori Splice tastes nothing short of summer thanks to the presence of pineapple juice and coconut-flavoured Malibu. To make one, combine 30mL Midori, 30mL Malibu and 90mL pineapple juice in a glass with ice, layer a little cream on top and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

For the tough choice between beer and whisky: Boilermaker

Go for the best of both worlds with the Boilermaker – a great option when it comes to cocktails for Father’s Day. Whether you’re serving just one or a thirsty few, this coupling of half a pint of beer with a shot of American whiskey dropped in makes an easy but impressive cocktail for beer lovers.

For the sports enthusiast: even more cocktail ideas

Still looking for the perfect recipe? If Dad’s into sport, you’ll find something spot-on in our collection of the 15 all-time greatest cocktails to mix for the big game.

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