How to win over Dad this Father’s Day!


An experienced Silver Swan Butler who specialises in mixology has given us the inside scoop on what cocktails are the most popular with the older gentleman. Below are our recommendations on which tipple to treat your dad with this Father’s Day.

Old Fashioned

A firm favourite amongst refined gentlemen, The Old Fashioned is also the cocktail of choice of Don Draper, the lead character on the Mad Men television series, set in the 1960s. It is also one of the six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

How to make:

• 1 sugar cube

• 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

• 2 oz of bourbon whiskey

• 1 strip of lemon or orange peel

Place sugar in an old fashioned glass. Cover with bitters and add a few drops of water. Add the whiskey and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Add several large ice cubes and stir quickly to chill. Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop the peel in the drink.


The Manhattan is one of the oldest cocktails out there, originating in the early 1870s. In Some Like It Hot (1959) Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe use a drumstick, cymbal, and a hot water bottle to mix a Manhattan while travelling on a train! This iconic cocktail is a winner for men all over the world, your Dad will love it.

How to make:

• 2 oz rye whiskey

• 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

• 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

• 1 maraschino cherry

Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled coupe glass and top with a brandied cherry. A Manhattan may also be served on the rocks in a lowball glass.

Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour cocktail has an incredible and timeless taste that so many have loved throughout the decades and centuries. It is claimed that the drink goes all the way back to 1872, where it was invented by the British steward, Elliot Stubb. This tried and tested drink is a firm favourite amongst sophisticated men.

How to make:

• 2 oz whiskey

• 1 oz fresh lemon juice

• 1 tsp sugar (or ½ oz simple syrup)

• 1 maraschino cherry and half an orange slice

• Put all of the ingredients with ice into a shaker and shake hard for 20 seconds to chill the liquid fully. After, strain the mix into a glass filled with fresh ice and top with the cherry and orange slice


Loved by Andy Garcia, the famous actor and director who played Vincent Mancini in the Godfather III, and Terry Benedict in Ocean’s Eleven, the Negroni is sure to be a firm favourite of Fathers everywhere. It is widely reported the Negroni was first created in Florence, Italy, in 1919 in the (now named) Caffè Roberto Cavalli.

How to make:

• 25ml Gin

• 25ml Campari

• 25ml Sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica, Cinzano Rosso, or Punt e Mes)

•1 strip of orange peel

Mix all three ingredients in a glass over very cold ice until blended. Strain into a rocks glass over a large block of ice and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Dry Martini

Whether your dad prefers his Dry Martini shaken or stirred, this is a firm favourite of gentlemen everywhere, including George Takei and, of course, James Bond.

How to make:

•2 1/2 oz Gin

•1/2 oz dry vermouth

•1 green olive or lemon twist

Add all the ingredients with ice into a mixing glass and stir until very cold. When fully chilled, strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass and finish by adding the olive, or garnish with a lemon twist.


The Godfather cocktail is the favourite cocktail of American actor Marlon Brando who played Vito Corleone, the “Don,” in the 1972 film The Godfather. This ‘manly’ drink will be appreciated by fathers, and godfathers alike, celebrate how fantastic your Dad is with this incredible cocktail.


How to make:

•2 ounces Scotch or bourbon

•1/2 ounce amaretto

Fill a glass about two thirds full of ice, then add both the whiskey and amaretto. Stir the mix for around 20 seconds until well chilled and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.


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