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2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide: Booze

Walk into any liquor store and you’ll see hundreds of options. You can zero in on your dad’s favorite drink when picking a gift, or you can get creative and choose something he wouldn’t buy for himself. And for more great suggestions, be sure to check out the other categories in our Father’s Day gift guide.

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

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The good folks at Crown Royal have introduced the brand’s first-ever blended rye whisky, so this is something delicious and unique that you can pick up for dad. As you would expect from Crown Royal, this whisky is very smooth. It’s crafted from 90% rye and tastes great either neat, on the rocks, or in traditional rye cocktails like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. It also comes in that beautiful Crown Royal bottle that makes any bar look classy.

Patrón XO Cafe Incendio

This is an awesome gift for anyone who appreciates premium tequila or enjoys flavored liqueurs. This delicious new offering from Patrón is a spicy and sweet liqueur that is perfect as a sipping drink to savor and enjoy, or as a shot to get the party going. Patrón XO Cafe Incendio starts with Patrón Silver tequila and draws its flavor from the spicy Mexican arbol chile along with the sweet richness of Criollo chocolate. We recommend drinking it straight after chilling the bottle in the refrigerator. You can also use it for cocktails, and as a kicker, to spice up your coffee or hot cocoa in the winter months. You can keep a bottle in your fridge year-round as a permanent addition to your home bar.

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Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

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There are an ungodly number of choices when it comes to buying liquor, but if you’re looking for something a little more unique than the typical dad-approved bottle of scotch or whiskey, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine definitely fits the bill. Produced, jarred and shipped directly from the company’s famed Gatlinburg distillery, Ole Smokey uses authentic, hand-crafted recipes to create their wide selection of flavors and variations. There’s literally something for everyone, including classic 100-proof moonshine (and in the case of the aptly named Blue Flame, 128 proof) that will knock you on your ass; 80-proof flavors like Hunch Punch Lightnin’ and Cinnamon that provide a good buzz without the overwhelming rubbing alcohol taste; and 40-proof flavors like Blackberry, Peach and Sweet Tea that are perfect for summertime sipping. There are 19 varieties in all, and for those that don’t like consuming their liquor straight, Ole Smoky offers drink mix recipes on their official website that complement (and in some cases, enhance) each one.

Game of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven Beer

This excellent show just ended its fifth season with a bang, and fans can enjoy delicious beer inspired by “Game of Thrones” from Brewery Ommegang. The latest entry is the Three-Eyed Raven, a delicious dark beer that’s perfect for Father’s Day or a TV binge-watching session. The beer comes in classic tall bottles with a cork, so it certainly offers a unique gift idea. It’s perfect for dads who love the HBO series and craft beers. This version offers crisp, lasting herbal hop notes and a yeasty, spicy finish. Serve it with some burgers or a nice roast and you’ll definitely have a special day.

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Captain Morgan Sherry Oak Finish

Here’s a limited edition spiced rum from Captain Morgan that offers a very nice twist on a classic. You can tell the difference right away when you open the bottle, as you can definitely sense dark cherry scents along with a hint of vanilla. The taste is excellent, with a hint of sherry wine to go along with the dark cherry flavor. Frankly it’s delicious on the rocks and should work great with many rum cocktails. We tried the classic rum and cola combination and loved it. This special edition was inspired by the real-life Captain Henry Morgan’s 1671 victory in Panama aboard his flagship, The Satisfaction. The bottle design is slick as you can see, with a highly-detailed metallic label. It will definitely look good on your home bar and your guests will be happy to try something new and both men and woman will enjoy this one as a gift.