When I was growing up, we didn’t celebrate what we called hallmark holidays. So Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day were just normal days I’m our household. Did it have something to do with the fact that my mother’s birthday was close to Mother’s Day and my father’s birthday was a few days after Father’s Day? Possibly … but the end result was that my mother, the ever-practical woman that she was, instilled in us the belief that these days were just unnecessary commercialism.
Due to that old-fashioned reasoning, we’ve never put together a Father’s Day Gift Guide, and as my mother’s voice echoes in my head, I can’t quite bring myself to admit that we’ve done that here. So, instead, I prefer to look at it as a collection of items that could be construed as gifts if you wanted to celebrate June … or something …
1. Crystal Whiskey Rocks Glasses
Let’s face it – everybody needs glasses. This whole cocktail thing wouldn’t really get very far without them. And if you’re going to get rocks glasses, then the shape of these ones is pretty cool. Apparently, they come in a satin-lined presentation box, they have thick sides to retain the temperature of the drink and they are crafted from the finest quality crystal.
These glasses can be found here
2. Cierto Tequila Añejo
And what should you be putting in those glasses? Well, you’re hardly going to go wrong with a decent sipping Tequila, and to become really decent you need a little age, so an Añejo is just the ticket. The Cierto is aged in French Limousin oak and has a complex array of coffee, chocolate and caramel flavours on the finish. Luxurious, award-winning and hand-crafted, this is definitely a Tequila to savour slowly.
This tequila can be found here
3. High Goal Gin
If Gin is more your thing, then why not try a Gin that’s all the rage with the polo set? Infused with mint and citrus botanicals, High Goal is brought to you by Nic Roldan, the face of American polo. It’s a reimagined New World Gin made in small, 3,000-bottle batches in Charleston, South Carolina. So, grab a horse and a mallet and drink a toast to the end of the chukka.
This Gin can be found here
4. Welcome Home Cocktail Book
We know this book has been out for a while but with 600 recipes and the words of the team from Death & Co, this is a must-have for any cocktail library. This book provides the ultimate guide to choosing ingredients, developing your palate, mixing drinks, and levelling up your home cocktail game. Really, there’s no easier way to discover your own palate and preferences and truly understand what makes a great cocktail work.
This book can be found here
5. 1pt Cocktail Infusion Master Kit
For those new to infusing spirits, this is a great little set to get you started. The set comes with a high-quality borosilicate lab-glass 1pt infusion bottle, as well as seven different all-natural 1pt Cocktail Infusion Blends (Citrus, Mint, Floral, Chili, Cinnamon, Chocolate, and Smoky). Each packet infuses half a standard bottle of spirits (375ml). The infusion takes just a few hours and will make 6+ cocktails.
This infusion set can be found here
6. iSi Classic Mesh Soda Siphon
With a distinct vintage look, this Soda Siphon would look perfect on any bar cart. Made with a stainless steel mesh design over BPA free PEN plastic bottle, the
This Soda Siphon can be found here
7. Hella Cocktail Co. 5-Pack Bitters Bar Set
No matter what style of drink goes into your glass, you’d be hard-pressed to argue that the bitter you reach for most frequently are not Aromatic Bitters and Orange Bitters. And this set has both. Additionally, it also includes Mexican Chocolate Bitters, Ginger Bitters and Chili Bitters. Proudly made in New York, this set is the cocktail necessity you really should be purchasing … you’ll be bitter if you don’t.
This bitters set can be found here
8. Solid Wood Coasters
Coasters may seem a little old-fashioned, but they are a necessary accessory if you have friends over for drinks. There’s nothing worse than being left at the end of the night with leaks, water marks & smudges. So why not grab some stylish coasters that project a cool and distinctive retro, mid-century vibe? Ideal for any sized glass, these solid coasters are perfect for parties, afternoon drinks or even an intimate nightcap.
These coasters can be found here
9. Stainless Steel Cocktail Drinks Stirrer
Sure, you could make a stir with your outrageous cocktails, or you could just have the perfect drink stirrer. Made from 304 stainless steel, these drink stirrers have a decorative ball at one end but a paddle-like end on the other, which is perfect for stirring around those pesky ice cubes. And better yet, 5pcs Cocktail Drink Swizzle Sticks are durable, sturdy and easy to clean.
These stirrers can be found here
10. Hexagon Ice Cube Tray
Do you really need your ice to be in a hexagon shape? No, probably not. Do you want your ice to be in a hexagon shape? H E double hockey sticks, of course, you do! And we know what you’re thinking will it make my drink taste better? We think it will because there’s nothing more boring than regular square or oblong-shaped ice cubes. To our mind, six sides beat four any day.
This ice cube tray can be found here
11. Stainless Steel Beverage Tub with Stand
It’s that time of year when you’re bound to have a blowout party with all the Barbies at some stage, so we thought this might be a useful addition. On a hot summer’s day, there is nothing easier for your guests than to grab a cold RTD from the ice in the tub, when they are thirsty. And if you don’t think the shelf will be useful, then we have to ask ‘where else would the glasses, garnishes and little umbrellas go’?
This beverage tub can be found here