Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Last Minute Fathers Day - Gift Guide

Father's Day is right around the corner, and I'm still to pick up a gift for my dad.  Sorry pops.  But I've got a few ideas, most of which are delicious bottles of booze.  I hope you don't mind.

1.  Atholl Brose is similar to Drambuie - a Scotch based liqueur blended with honey and herbs, and is based on a traditional Scottish recipe.  It won the title of "world's best whiskey liqueur" in 2012, and makes a damn fine drink.  Try the Prince Edward Martini: 3 oz vodka, 1 oz Atholl Brose, stir with ice, strain, and garnish with a lemon peel.  Divine.  $56

2.  Most guys haven't figured out how awesome aprons are.  They prevent all kinds of mess from getting all over your clothes when grilling dinner or shaking up pisco sours.  I love the Moore & Giles Leather Aprons they wear at Dead Rabbit here in NYC, and now you can give dad one too.  $375

3.  If there's one thing I know to be true, men love knives.  Especially when they're well made, sharp as hell, and damn good looking.  Dad is sure to love this Tosa Kajiyamura Bunka Knife with a high carbon steel blade and an oak handle that is a combo of a Japanese cleaver and a chef's knife.  $98

4.  If dad likes smoke, give him a bottle of gorgeous peated scotch - Compass Box's Peat Monster is one of my favorites.  It's a blend of Islay scotch and Speyside whisky, giving it a nice balance of intense bonfire like smoke and sweet honey.  $58

5.  So dad's into more refined whisky, you say.  Treat him to a bottle of Yamazaki 18 - a subtle yet flavorful whiskey with flavors of dark chocolate, jammy fruit, coffee, green notes, creamy mouth feel, and bright citrus to balance it all out.  A proper gentleman's whisky if there ever was one.  $189

6.  If dad's into making cocktails, treat him to a leather bound, limited edition copy of the PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan - it's one of the most influential cocktail books since the Savoy Cocktail book, and inspires most creative shaking and stirring.  $65

7.  One of the most useful things any man can carry with him is a knife - and a handsome Japanese Higo Pocket Knife with a laminated white steel blade with tsuchime finish that says Courage?  Brilliant.  $65

8.  A home is not a home without a proper bottle opener.  Give dad a handsome artifact - hand machined solid brass J. L. Lawsom & Co. Brass XIV.  $72

9.  Custom Initial Steak Irons from William Sonoma let dad sear his initials into those delicious steaks, grilled to perfection.  $40

10.  Meat bars?  Yes please.  Epic Bison Bars are made with grass fed organic buffalo, uncured bacon, and cranberries.  Perfect for the man on the go.  $34 for 12

11.  There's something about a really nice glass that makes whiskey taste just a little bit better.  Pour a proper dram in these Normann Copenhagen glasses by designer Rikke Hagen.  $50

12.  Here at Gastronomista HQ we are on a bit of a Pisco kick as of late - Pisco Sours, Pisco on ice, Pisco margaritas.  I'm loving Pisco Porton - it's a very high quality liquor that is nice to sip straight or shake up into a cocktail.  $37

13.  Auchentoshan Valinch 2012 Release is aged exclusively in first fill bourbon barrels making it a citrus-y, sweet, and creamy cask-strength scotch.  $55

14.  Every year I ask my dad what he wants for Fathers Day, and without fail, he says "A Bateau".  Unfortunately, I cannot afford said bateau, and likely never will.  But thanks to Harbor Line Cruises, I can take good old dad out for a day of boating.  They've got a great line up of tours: Architecture Tours of Manhattan, Cocktail Tours, Wine and Cheese Pairings, and day sails up the mighty Hudson River Valley.  You're welcome, dad.   $42 - $178

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