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Father's Day Cocktails

10 Great Drinks for Men

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Father's Day is a special occasion and it is a great excuse to make your father a special drink. This list includes some of the most popular "manly drinks," most of which require one type of whiskey or another but also a few with rum or tequila or a little of everything (see Long Island Iced Tea). The point is that Dad is likely not going to want any of the fruity, creamy or otherwise "girly" cocktails and you won't find any of those here. Pick up your father's favorite spirits and mix him up one of these very masculine drinks.

Manhattan

Manhattan Cocktail
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The Manhattan is the perfect upscale cocktail for the whiskey-loving Dad. Buy him a great bottle of rye which he may not get all the time, and stir this one up with dinner. If your father is more of a Scotch man, go for it and make a Rob Roy instead, or give him the real treat of a bottle of both whiskies along with a vermouth and let him decide.

Manhattan recipe...

Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail Cocktail
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Ah, the Rusty Nail, the true Scotch lover's cocktail. This is a very nice way to enjoy almost any Scotch whisky and because the Drambuie is Scotch-based, it is a perfectly subtle addition, beating a Scotch on the rocks out of the water (so to speak).

Rusty Nail recipe...

Godfather

Godfather Cocktail
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The Godfather is simple, sophisticated and another easy way to spice up the average glass of Scotch. A small amount of amaretto contributes just enough mellow almond flavor to define a completely different experience without overpowering the whisky.

Godfather recipe...

Frisco Sour

Frisco Sour Cocktail
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Try out this Frisco Sour on Dad if you think he would like a little pucker in his whiskey. It is slightly more complex than the classic Whiskey Sour due to the addition of the Cognac-based Benedictine and lime juice (fresh squeezed of course).

Frisco Sour recipe...

Sidecar

Sidecar Cocktail
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If you choose a Sidecar for Father's Day you have a few more choices to make. Cognac and Armagnac are the traditional bases for the cocktail but bourbon is more popular now and makes a very pleasant option. Or if Dad isn't quite a whiskey fan, go with a Boston Sidecar in which brandy and rum make up the base.

Sidecar recipe...

Imperial Fizz

Imperial Fizz Cocktail
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Fizz drinks are great and if Father's Day ends up being one of the warmer days of June the Imperial (or Whiskey) Fizz is an excellent cool-me-down option. Essentially you're taking a Whiskey Sour and adding soda to create a nice highball. Another option is to serve both drinks, maybe one before dinner and the other after a round of golf.

Imperial Fizz recipe...

Habanero Martini

Habenero Martini
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Here's a hot and spicy tequila Martini begging for the guy who really likes to spice it up. The key is the garnish, without it you would merely have a Tequini, and what's the fun in that?

Habanero Martini recipe...

Lounge Lizard

Lounge Lizard Cocktail
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There had to be a rum drink in this list somewhere. Since the Rum and Coke is one of the most popular among men I thought we'd go with a slightly more interesting variation, considering it is a special occasion and all. It's really nothing more than a little amaretto that distinguishes it apart from the other, but sometimes it's the smallest things that can make all the difference.

Lounge Lizard recipe...

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea
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You will need to raid the entire liquor cabinet to make this one up for Dad. The Long Island Iced Tea is notorious for being a strong drink and rightfully so because it contains five spirits. Men love this done and it makes the perfect afternoon patio companion while steaks are on the grill.

Long Island Iced Tea recipe...

Lynchburg Lemonade

Jack Daniel's Lynchburg Lemonade
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And what would a manly drink list be without one that specifically calls for Jack Daniels? That one brand of Tennessee whiskey is a favorite among many whiskey drinkers and beyond a Jack and Coke, the Lynchburg Lemonade is one of the best ways to enjoy it. You could even buy Dad his own barrel of JD. Now that would be a treat!

Lynchburg Lemonade recipe...

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