Father’s Day is fast-approaching, and whiskey is the perfect way to celebrate the man in your life. Not quite ready to enjoy whiskey neat? Try one of these delicious cocktails at some of our favorite South Florida spots, or make your own version at home with the recipes below.
Grease Burger, Beer & Whiskey Bar
With over 100 varieties of whiskey, including a wide selection available on tap, Grease Burger, Beer & Whiskey Bar is the ultimate Father’s Day destination. There’s something for everyone on Grease Burger’s impressive list, including an entire section of “interesting bourbons, whiskeys, and moonshines.” Also be sure to try the Mad Irishman – the combination of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Jagermeister packs a powerful punch!
Located at: 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Stephen Starr’s unique steakhouse, located in the beautiful W Fort Lauderdale, offers the Vieux Carre Cocktail ($15) with Mitcher’s rye whiskey, cognac, Benedictine, angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.
Located at: 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Louie Bossi’s Vino Consigliere Ervin Machado has crafted a signature Old Fashioned featuring Big City Tavern’s own special edition Angel’s Envy Bourbon, simple syrup, and impeccable house-made orange and angostura bitters ($11).
Louie Bossi’s Old Fashioned
• 2 Oz Angel’s Envy BIG CITY TAVERN Edition or Bulleit Bourbon
• 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
• 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
• 1.5 Oz Simple Syrup
• 3 Filthy Cherries
• Orange Peel
• 1 Large Ice Sphere
In mixing glass add Angels Envy BIG CITY TAVERN Edition bourbon, simple syrup, orange bitters and angostura bitters. Fill with ice and stir with bar spoon. Strain into highball glass with large ice sphere. Garnish with 3 filthy cherries and orange peel.
Located at: 1032 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33301
Big City Tavern
For the adventurous and indecisive father, Big City Tavern offers four Whiskey Tasting Flights that include (4) 1 oz. tastes of each variety. Choose from the following flights:
America: A Story of US – A great American experience. Big City Tavern’s favorite picks from the USA ($18)
A Highland Trip – If you love full body scotch, this flight of highland single malts is for you ($28)
Keep Walkin’ – Nobody blends better than our friend Johnnie Walker ($24)
Richie Rich – Serious about whiskey? Try the top picks from each category ($36)
Big City Tavern also offers house-smoked whiskey cocktails, including the Smoked Turkey on Rye with Wild Turkey Rye infused with orange peels and cherries, apple wood smoke ($14).
Located at: 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
Stick to the classics with the Cellar Old Fashioned ($10); Slow and Low Rye Whiskey, orange zest, angostura and cherry bitters.
Located at: 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401
City Oyster & Sushi Bar
Go back in time with The Draper from City Oyster & Sushi Bar. This Mad Men-era cocktail features Johnnie Walker Black Scotch, fresh squeezed lemon and orange juices, simple syrup, and Fee Brothers Peach Bitters.
Located at: 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444
db Bistro Moderne
Stop into db Bistro Moderne and let one of the skilled bartenders make you and your dad a delicious seasonal whiskey cocktail, like the Spring Julep or French Quarter. Not in the mood to venture out? Whip up a Spring Julep for Dad at home with this recipe from db Bistro’s Assistant General Manager Leah Polinski:
1 3⁄4 oz. Bourbon
1⁄2 oz. Cynar
1⁄2 oz. Herbal White Balsamic Reduction
1⁄4 oz. Lemon Juice
Muddle mint with balsamic reduction. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over crushed ice in highball glass; Garnished with mint sprig
Located at: 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131
If Dad likes to keep things casual, head over to the South of Fifth neighborhood to Radio Bar and enjoy a their Planet of the Apes cocktail. Feeling hungry while you sip on that craft cocktail? Indulge in one of their delectable grilled cheeses to satisfy your hunger cravings! Complimentary popcorn, jenga and pool. Daily happy hour from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Planet of the Apes
2 ounces of Monkey Shoulder blended scotch whiskey
.5 ounces of cointreau
.25 ounces of liquor 43
.25 ounces of Madagascar vanilla reduction
Flamed orange peel
Located at: 814 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139