Friendly reminder: Father's Day is June 19, which leaves you just enough time to lock down a perfect gift (if you can find the right one, that is). Know a bartender who’s a dad? Better yet, have a dad who’s a bartender or self-styled cocktail connoisseur? We can think of a few better ways to thank him than with neckties, coffee mugs and power tools. (Because, let’s be real, anyone who’s successfully endured parenthood is probably ready for a drink.) From DIY still-building kits to the perfect utilitarian bar knife, read on for our picks for every budget:
Why did the U.S. Forest Service design an intricate diagram that describes, in detailed illustration, the construction of 21 different cocktail recipes? Moreover, who are “I.P. Freely” and “I. Mixum”? We’re not sure, but we sure are glad that Maryland-based Brine Hound has resurrected this fine government work and screen printed it on a bar towel for us.
There are a select few classics that any bartender or cocktail enthusiast should have in their library. David Embury’s “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” is inarguably one of them, and this leather-bound edition from Cocktail Kingdom is a keepsake.
It’s 2016 and, somehow, we still don’t have time machines yet — but Time & Oak might have the next-best thing, at least when it comes to aging your own whiskey. Laser-cut cured oak adds the kind of smoothness and richness that typically comes from barrel-aging, minus the barrel (and the time: it can change the character of a whiskey in just 24 hours).
What happens when a bar knife is designed by an actual bartender? If you ask 150-year-old tool company R. Murphy Knives and The Hawthorne’s Jackson Cannon, the answer is this: a four-inch blade with a squared-off tip, perfect for slicing citrus, flicking seeds, cutting garnishes and all those other little utilitarian jobs that neither a dull paring knife nor a big chef’s knife are quite cut out for.
For the dad who loves a good tinkering project, and likes booze: this build-it-yourself moonshine still kit from Clawhammer Supply is sort of like an Ikea project, only higher-ABV (and hopefully fewer Allen wrenches).
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s precisely what inspired Jim Meehan to develop his first collaborations with leather company Moore & Giles: after hauling his barware to presentations in milk crates and repurposed camera lens bags, it was time for an upgrade. Meehan worked with Moore & Giles to craft both a utility bag and a leather-lined roll-up that actually made sense for bartenders. The final product is as handsome as it is handy.
This mid-century kit channels Don Draper vibes with brown marble Bakelite-handled barware, including corkscrew, opener, bar spoon and anything else one might need to pour out a classic drink (preferably during daylight hours from a bar cart in one’s corner office).
For the Scotch lover who thought he had everything: this release from John Dewar & Sons has taken the hidden gems and crown jewels of their portfolio, and bottled them. From the classic Highland-style Aberfeldy to the herbaceous notes of Aultmore to the complex, rich and robust Royal Brackla, the Last Great Malts series is like a guided tour through the best of Scotland’s single malts.
a Chartreuse from 1935, a 170-year-old sherry, or a Cognac from Napoleon’s era. Perhaps he can give vintage spirits maestro Salvatore Calabrese a run for his money?