Beyond the Tie: Four Boozy Gifts for Dad


Sure, you could get your dad some socks. But we're betting he'll like a booze-related gift more. Here are four last-minute Father's Day gift recommendations from our mixologist friends over at

Oxo 11-Piece Barware Collection ($100):
It’s time to give your dad’s home bar an extreme makeover. Pick up Oxo’s brushed stainless-steel 11-piece barware set, which includes a shaker, a jigger, a strainer and an ice bucket with tongs. You should be able to find it locally, or overnight it from Amazon.

SodaStream Pure Seltzer Starter Kit ($170):
As a rule, men like gadgets—especially gadgets that have only one specific purpose. SodaStream’s Pure soda maker falls into this category, and is handy if your dad likes his whiskey with a splash of club soda or enjoys making fizzy cocktails. You can buy the system from Amazon, and it’s also available at major retailers across the country.

The Hour ($17) by Bernard DeVoto:
 Does your father have strong opinions about how to mix a cocktail? If so, buy him the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and literary critic Bernard DeVoto’s “cocktail manifesto,” which has long been out of print. The witty book covers both the history of alcohol in America and the many mistakes made by the modern drinker.

Balvenie DoubleWood ($45), Glenlivet French Oak ($45), Laphroaig Quarter Cask ($50):
You can’t go wrong buying your dad a bottle of single malt Scotch. Three of our favorite bottles to give as gifts are the rich and honeyed Balvenie DoubleWood 12-Year-Old, the fruity and elegant Glenlivet French Oak 15-Year-Old and the smooth and smoky Laphroaig Quarter Cask. He’ll love any one of them, and you should be able to find all three easily.


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