Father's Day gifts for cocktail lovers

"The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique" (Chronicle

"The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique" (Chronicle Books, $30), by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmber offers lessons in making the ideal drink.

Father's Day is here. Enough said. Here are a few ways to treat him right:


DULCE PADRE: The Facundo Rum Collection is a tribute to Don Facundo Bacardi Masso. NEO ($45) is a deluxe, blonde-tinted rum, best on the rocks; Eximo ($60), smooth, nutty, to be served neat; Exquisito ($90), a balanced medium-to-heavy blend with rums 7 to 23 years old, excellent neat; and peak Bacardi, amber-hued and called Paraiso ($250), lush, with a long finish, made with the oldest rums, and ready for a snifter.


BIG DADDY: The 2010 Newton Vineyard The Puzzle ($100), a rich, layered red, mostly cabernet sauvignon, that's ideal with red meat; and the 2010 Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($60), dependably first class from the 40-plus-year-old winery.


GADGET DAD: The Quench Bar10der ($40), a 10-tools-in-1 show, from muddler, strainer and reamer to corkscrew, stirrer, zester, bottle opener, jigger and two knives; and the Quench Cocktail Spinner ($25), a fill, spin and serve item to speed things up.


MIXOLOGY POP: "The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique" (Chronicle Books, $30), by Jeffrey Morgenthaler with Martha Holmberg. Lessons in making the ideal drink.


SPIRITED DAD: Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin ($50), heady with juniper and floral, and complex, here's a gin with, yes, 47 botanicals. Peppery, citrusy and fine in a cocktail.


SPORTY DAD: The Fat Trout Blended Scotch Whisky ($25-$32), a Speyside sipper, fresh, accessible, smoky and a bit saline.

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