Father's Day Drinks

June 9, 2021

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Rather than hosting another basic cookout this year, throw him a party as special as he is. Think thoughtful décor, elevated food and some of his favourite drinks. 

Celebrate Father’s Day in style! 

fathers day decorDad Decor
Make the day (and dad) feel special by curating thoughtful decor that enhances the celebration. 

Carry a nice table outside or use a table cloth over an existing outdoor table, string up some lights and have dinner outside. Use a side table to display a drink menu, wine carafes, family photos and desserts. Tastefully bring in your dad’s favorite hobbies by introducing a few props, like using golf tees or stacked books as bases for serving platters. Speaking of table arrangements, use growlers or whiskey bottles filled with dried wheat or flowers for beer and spirit lovers (wrap ties around the bottles for an added “dad” effect). Finally, mix texture on your table and displays, using linen and leather, wood and stone, to keep things chic.  

Complement the décor with chic drinks
All great parties have a few things in common, and one of the easiest to nail are the drinks. If you know your father’s favourite drink, then by all means start there. But if not, here are a few tips so no one goes thirsty. 

Beer. Start narrowing down your purchasing options by thinking about the menu, weather, and tastes of the people celebrating. Lagers, pilsners and pale ales are all classic beer styles that most people find approachable and tasty, and for a crowd pleaser, we recommend locally made Dandy Lager. The summer heat in June can pair well with sour beers, like Railyard Brewing Peach Sour, or try the new Village Father Juicy Ebbegarden NEIPA. These have light, refreshing flavors that pair well with an outdoor gathering and go above and beyond the classic domestic fare. 

Wine elevates any meal or gathering, and Father’s Day is no exception. A nice champagne or prosecco like Nino Franco Prosecco can complement a celebratory brunch. If you are serving a lighter menu, a lightly chilled chardonnay or Bota Box Pinot Grigio may be in order. And if you’re serving the Father’s Day classic - beef, open up a Cabernet or Malbec like 1884 Estate Grown Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon to perfectly compliment those savory flavors.  

mint julep2Spirits and Cocktails can take any celebration from the everyday into the extraordinary. Host a whiskey or scotch tasting by popping into Co-op Wine Spirits beer to ask for a few recommendations or to see what’s new. We love . We love Glendronach 21 Year Old Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky. These make great gifts too!

Or make a signature cocktail featuring Dad’s favorite spirit. Classic cocktails, like Mint Juleps (try Woodford Reserve Bourbon), Martinis, using any of the multitude of locally made vodkas, or Old Fashioneds are refreshing ways to make the day feel extra special.  

Serve all cocktails in stemware and appropriate glassware to elevate the experience. Don’t forget to tie back to your décor and create a custom sign or chalk board that lists beverage options for guests (bonus points if the names are dad references).  

The Menu
No Father’s Day celebration is complete without dad’s favorite food. Beyond that, there are many different options for creating a tasteful menu. Charcuterie boards can be an easy way to start the meal or to compliment cocktails. Beyond the traditional meat and cheeses, add olives, jams, mustards, caviar, fruit or nuts.  

salmon barbecueWhile steaks and burgers are the classic choices for dinner or lunch, branch out and make (or order!) something like lobster rolls, crab legs, pork loin or braised lamb shanks. Cedar plank trout or salmon is also a seasonal hit on the barbecue. 

Finish off the meal with special desserts, like fresh baked pies or a custom cake from the bakery to celebrate dad.  

End the night with a family party game (Giant Jenga, anyone?) or ask everyone to simply share their favourite photos or memories with dad.  

Co-op Wine Spirits Beer has everything you need to spoil dad this Father’s Day.

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