June 16, 2021 — Time is running out, friend, but here are some suggestions to save the day and ensure you are not cut out of the will, at least this year. These are for the Dads who like to make cocktails, think about making cocktails one of these days (but never quite get around to it) or who simply enjoy sipping a good cocktail.
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
Let’s get him a book. Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails is currently the best-selling cocktail book of all time, and regarded as the definitive guide to the contemporary craft cocktail movement. At 320 pages and a hard cover, it has a pleasing heft, 500 cocktails and loads of lovely images. It’s the perfect gift for the home bartending dad. Signed copies available at ‘death and company market’ ($40); unsigned at Amazon.com ($22)
Nickel Dime Cocktail Syrups
To get Dad started, think about adding Nickel Dime Cocktail Syrups sample pack to the book or bottle you purchase. It’s also a great gift on its own. We recently suggested these delicious cocktail mixers for Mother’s Day but Dad will love them too. We happily recommend them.
From the small, Central American country of Belize comes Copalli Rum with a very clean pedigree. It is made in Belize from just three ingredients: sugar cane from the neighboring organic farm, water from the rain-forest canopy and yeast.
The Copal Tree Distillery was built to be carbon neutral. In fact, they are currently undergoing a green house gas audit to determine exactly what their footprint is (expected zero or negative). The results will be back mid June.
The Copal Tree Distillery operates under a closed system, meaning zero waste. The sugar cane is harvested and juiced, and then the fiber is dried and used as fuel to power the stills. After the rum is distilled, the remaining liquid and ash are used as fertilizer for the cane fields. Any wastewater from the distillery goes through a filtration system and into retention ponds. From there, it’s safe to go into the river or used to water plants and crops.
Copalli Rum comes in a white (MSRP $34.00) and a barrel rested (MSRP $39.00) It is available in California, Florida and New York, or online at Caskers or Reservebar and is available in the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, IN, LA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez
For the fancy Dad who likes his spirits extra-aged, we recommend Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez. A master blender’s reserve, BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez is barrel aged for a minimum of 10 years. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, this bottle has a dark golden hue that boasts bright notes of banana, pear and tropical melon balanced with caramelized vanilla and oak, resulting in a premium rum with complex flavors your Dad is sure to enjoy. (MSRP: $39.99) and available at Reservebar
Casa Noble Tequila Añejo
A luxury tequila, Casa Noble Tequila Añejo is blended from up to 14 lots to capture Master Distiller Pepe Hermosillo’s unique vision. Extensive aging in new French oak creates a warm, complex character – the ultimate spirit for Dads who want to enjoy the simple pleasure of slow sipping spirits. Dried fruit and spice aromas complement toasted oak, butterscotch, and vanilla. An undertone of sweet cooked agave recalls this tequila’s fresh Blanco roots. Men’s Journal recently recognized it as one of the Best New Tequilas on the Market. MSRP: $54.99. Available nationwide at Drizly