Sip a refreshing mint julep or swill a smoky Manhattan for Father's Day [RECIPES]

Categories: Cocktails

Nothing says Father's Day like a scotch rinse...

When it comes to Dad's usual libation, many of us think immediately of Miller High Life or something similar. But this June 15, why not step up your game and show you've got some class?

To ensure your success in the drink department, two of the cities' finest mixologists are here to help with spot-on cocktail suggestions for dear old dad. Both made a beeline for the brown liquor, with some classic cocktails and some summery alternatives.

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Jennifer Boutell from Bradstreet Craftshouse

Our first drink, from Jennifer Boutell of Bradstreet Craftshouse, gives a nod to the Wisconsin tradition of brandy cocktails while adding a bit of smoke to the classic Manhattan. This is a great cocktail to make at home -- it comes together easily and you can substitute less expensive options for most of the ingredients. Boutell reminds us that Vermouth needs to be refrigerated and has a short life once opened. Unless you cocktail on a large scale, it's probably best to get the small bottles.

The Father's Day Manhattan garnished with a cherry

The Father's Day Manhattan
1/4 ounce Lagavulin 16-year-old Islay Single Malt or other peat-y scotch whiskey
1 ounce Carpano Antica or any good Vermouth
1 ounce Pierre Ferrand cognac or a good brandy
1 ounce Old Overholt or Jim Beam rye whiskey
1 or 2 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange twist
1 Luxardo cherry

Use a chilled martini or coupe glass. Pour the scotch into the glass, then swirl the liquid to the rim and coat the interior side of the glass. Dump out any additional scotch (into your mouth, if you like).

Combine the Vermouth, cognac or brandy, rye, and bitters in a separate glass with ice and stir gently. Strain and pour into the glass with the scotch rinse. Cut an orange twist from a fresh orange. Heat the twist with a match or lighter until shiny. Hold the peel over the cocktail and squeeze it, expressing the oils. Add a Luxardo cherry and enjoy.

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