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The Best Father’s Day Cocktails

You might think that cocktails are just for girls, but more men are cottoning on to the fact that these are anything but. When mixed right, cocktails are the supreme way to enjoy your finest liquors and add a touch of sophisticated class. Think James Bond, who knows exactly how to order his from the bar, ‘Shaken, not stirred.’ It’s the mark of a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. Now you can share that gift with your Dad…

Male Standard teamed up with industry icons Basil Hayden, Knob Creek, and Bookers Bourbon to find our which are the best Father’s Day cocktails for you to sample at home!

When it comes to Father’s Day appreciation, these whiskey-fuelled cocktails are a fantastic way to break the ice and start the night’s celebrations. Today, we hark back to one of our fondest memories with our own Dads, where we got to sit down and share our first ‘adult’ drink. It was a time none of us will ever forget, and marked the passage from boy to man. Let him have a piece of his youth back, by sharing in the fun one more time!

Celebrating Father’s Day with Basil Hayden

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon ($37) originated from a family recipe, which dates back to 1796. Aged eight years and bottled at 80 proof, Basil Hayden’s is a smooth and approachable bourbon that can enjoyable served neat or as the base to a contemporary or traditional cocktail. Utilizing twice as much rye as traditional bourbons, Basil Hayden’s trademark, spicy finish makes the perfect gift for the Dad who is just starting to explore the bourbon category.

Don’t believe us?

Just ask the casts of “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire,” who consider Bail Hayden is their go-to drink on and off set.

Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon Daddy
Recipe by JP Caceres


2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
1⁄2 part Agave Syrup
1 Egg White
3 Sage Leaves
4 Pink Peppercorns


  1. Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and muddle the sage leaves and pink peppercorns.
  2. Add ice and shake.
  3. Double strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with a sage leaf.

Find more top recipes here, at the Basil Hayden Cocktail Club (FREE).

Show Your Dad He’s the Boss with Bookers Bourbon

Photo credit: Umami

If you are looking to impress your father-in-law, then look no further than a bottle of Booker’s Bourbon ($50). Booker’s is one of the only bourbons available that is bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered. Aged for 6-8 years and bottled anywhere between 121 and 127 proof, this bottle will show him you appreciate the finer things in life (like his daughter) and can sip bourbon like a real man.

Booker Noe – the grandson of legendary whiskey distiller Jim Beam created Booker’s. It’s also one of the first-ever small batch bourbons.

So while sipping your gift in the study with your new dad, you can also impress him with your knowledge of great American history!


Bookers Notion

Recipe by Kindred Cocktails


1 ½ oz. Bookers Bourbon

¾ oz. Amaro

½ oz. Bitters

1 Maraschino Cherry

½ Slice Lemon

½ Slice Orange


  1. Chill in a rocks glass.
  2. Muddle citrus in mixing glass, add liquids, and shake.
  3. Muddle cherries in service glass.
  4. Strain, garnish with extra cherry if desired.

FREE Knob Creek Custom Label!

If you are looking for the gift that goes the mile, consider our third excellent choice, the Knob Creek Rye Whiskey (staff pick). As a token of appreciation, Knob Creek are offering free custom gift labels for all Dads this Father’s Day. This is a fantastic way to add something extra to your gift without blowing the budget. What we love about this Rye whiskey is that it’s mature and spicy, and is a ‘Best Rye’ and double gold contest winner!

Find out more about the tasting notes here: Knob Creek

Let Knob Creek Bourbon ($30) help you show Dad just how special he really is by offering the big, full flavored bourbon he loves with a personalized label that will make any Knob Creek bottle look as unique as it tastes. All you need to do is go to the Personalized Label App on Knob Creek’s Facebook page and complete a few simple steps to create a stylish, personal label that we guarantee will impress your Pops.

Did we mention the label is FREE?

Whether you are celebrating with family and cocktails at home, or spending the night on the tiles with your old man, this is a great way to show your appreciation. It’s time to man up and say thank you to our Dads for all they do.

Here’s to you Dad!

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Every On Screen Shot Taken On Mad Men Season 1

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P.S Don’t Forget To Drink Responsibility. This Was From Season 1, Not Sunday Night Round 1!