Father’s Day 2021: The coolest boozy gifts to send to your dad
With restrictions eased, there are high hopes for Father’s Day this year. Dad is still guaranteed to find a way to embarrass you with his awful “Dad jokes”, but at least they won’t have to be over Zoom. Whether you can make it to visit him for one of his legendary bear hugs, or you’re having to spend it apart – we’ve pulled together a list of thoughtful prezzies in the form of booze.
From Yorkshire whiskey to the latest blend of gin, here are some great Father’s Day gift ideas from brands that really need your support during these testing times – and they’re all delivering nationwide.
Most wine subscriptions are by the bottle, but chic wine education start-up The Wine List’s new offering lets enthusiasts try wines from lesser-known grapes, regions and winemakers by the glass instead. He’ll receive three pouches of interesting wine via the letterbox each month – from a chillable Italian red to a natural chardonnay from the Czech Republic – with tasting notes, plus access to The Wine List’s home learning course and virtual tastings. Available from, The Wine List (for £19 per month).
Yorkshire whisky may not be as famous as the Scottish produce, but Filey Bay is proof that a beautiful drop can certainly be made across the border. The Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery is up on the North Yorkshire coast, between Bridlington and Scarborough, and the beautiful location certainly informs Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky. The distillery is a field-to-bottle distillery, and the farm has been trialling direct drilling of their barley crop so as to disturb the soil as little as possible. The signature recipe – Flagship – is a soft, fruity whisky with caramel notes and an almost banana style sweetness. If your dad prefers something stronger, the Moscatel and STR finish are spicier and bring more depth and complexity, with the STR being matured in ex Rioja casks. All three are available from Spirit of Yorkshire from £55 for 70cl.
For a tequila connoisseur, the silver tequila from El Sueño is as sophisticated as the drink comes. Definitely not intended for shots, this spirit is created for use in long drinks such as margaritas or to be enjoyed with soda and lime. It has a wonderfully smooth, floral and clean finish with slightly peppery long notes. Made using traditional production methods and natural volcanic spring water in Mexico, it’s a clean, refreshing tipple. Available at El Sueño, £21 for 70cl.
Do you know a dad who moans about fancy ‘craft’ beers in small cans with weird, tropical flavours? The excellent West Berkshire brewery has the answer: two 500ml bottles of Good Old Boy, a reassuringly brown, old fashioned English bitter, repackaged as Good Old Dad (see what they did there?), together with a surprisingly stylish pint glass. Available from West Berkshire Brewery (£8.20 plus £5.99 delivery). Subscriptions also available.
If your pops is a fan of the Italian classic Disaronno, then he’ll love their brand new creamy liqueur. “Velvet” is the perfect after-dinner tipple, especially when served over ice. It’s light yet creamy and tinted with the unmistakable amaretto taste of Disaronno. Available at most major supermarkets, £15.
If he’s a fan of gin, Isle of Harris is the premium level stuff fit for Father’s Day. The distillers continue to explore the joys of the outer Hebridean island’s indigenous flora. The gin’s refreshing combination of juniper, pine, and the fresh notes of citrus fruits (notably grapefruit) work wonderfully. Local, hand-harvested sugar kelp is one of the botanicals used, and it brings with it a subtle, earthy taste. This complex gin is perfect served with tonic and ice, and a slice of grapefruit. Available from Isle of Harris, £40 for a 70cl bottle.
Looking for a sippable vodka? We’ve found it! Speyside vodka is the kind of smooth, well-rounded spirit that can be enjoyed on ice. Launched in September 2019 in Scotland, it’s created using a two-stage fermentation process with both barley and wheat grains, which bring depth and complexity of flavour. Try it in a highball with a drop of sherry and tonic, or simply with soda and lime. Available from Eight Lands, £37 for a 70cl bottle.
If your dad is a tee totaller, Pentire’s range of non-alcoholic spirits made in Cornwall with coastal botanicals is our pick of the latest alcohol free beverage launches. The drinks are plant based, distilled naturally, and are free from artificial flavourings and sweeteners – so far, so good. There are two flavours: Seaward which is bright, zesty and includes local sea buckthorn and rosemary. Then there’s Adrift, with green notes from rock samphire and sage, it has a distinctly pleasing woody herb aftertaste. We like both served with a little tonic, ice and a sprig of rosemary. Available from Pentire, £26.80 for a 70cl bottle.
There’s no greater feeling than nailing the perfect homemade espresso martini. This coffee liqueur will help your dad up his game; it’s made with ELLC’s demerara rum, Climpson & Sons’ delicious Brazilian coffee beans, a hint of vanilla and cacao nibs. It’s also lovely on its own, served straight over ice. Available from East London Liquor Co, £21 for a 37.5cl.
Back by popular demand after its limited-edition release in 2019, this is the perfect gin for summer. But what is sea buckthorn, we hear you cry? This herby plant grows wild all along the sandy east coast of Britain and can be found among the dunes at Holkham in North Norfolk – local to Adnams distillery. The berries on sea buckthorn release amazingly intense tropical fruit aromas, which work so well alongside the citrus taste of orange in this blend. Available from Adnams, £29.99 for 70cl.