What are you giving Dad for Father’s Day? Oh, your dad will still love you if a tie is all you can come up with. And he might love you more for restocking the liquor cabinet with a bottle of his favorite bourbon, but if your father loves to eat and drink, we’ve got five other ideas that will put a smile on his face and a fire in his belly.
Edible Golf Balls
Chocolate. Scotch. Golf. CACAO Atlanta Chocolate Co. had the bright idea of turning that trio into an edible gift for Dad. For Father’s Day, CACAO is offering White Chocolate Scotch Pecan Praline Golf Balls made with 10-year aged Laphroaig Scotch. The set of golf-ball shaped chocolates come four to a box and retails for $18. Cacao Cafe, 1046 North Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, 404- 892-8202 and CACAO, 3035 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, 404-228-4023, cacaoatlanta.com.
Cedar Grilling Plank
Does your dad own an apron printed with a saying like “I turn grills on” or “Real men cook”? Then it’s time to give that grillin’ fool a gift to keep his mind on the food instead of talkin’ smack. Fire & Flavor is an Athens-based company that got its start selling cedar grilling planks. While you can add their rubs, seasonings and even a few cookbooks to your order, start with the basics. Dad thinks he can cook meat? Let’s see what he can do with salmon on this cedar plank. $7.99, Order online at fireandflavor.com.
Sometimes, all it takes is a cold beer to make everything better. Make Dad’s world better by grabbing him a bunch of craft brews from around the globe. Hop City offers more than 100 canned beers and another 800 bottles, priced between $2 and $10. Hop City, 1000 Marietta St., Atlanta, 404-350-9998 and 99 Krog St. NE, Atlanta, 470-355-2534, hopcitybeer.com.
Papa’s Pilar Custom Barrel Dark Rum
Whiskey isn’t the only dark spirit, and if your dad is a drinking man, or a reader of Hemingway – or both – pick up a bottle of Papa’s Pilar rum. It’s a premium sipping rum inspired by Papa Hemingway, and only 2,300 cases of this barrel-aged dark rum are getting released, just in time for Dad’s big day. Not one, but two special edition-expressions are available. They’ve been aged in American oak bourbon barrels, port wine casks and Spanish Sherry Casks, then in bourbon barrels for an additional 90 or 120 days. The suggested retail price for either product is $39.99. Citi Wine & Spirits, 223 Moreland Ave., Atlanta. 404-688-2744, Facebook: Citi Wine + Spirits and Sherlock’s, 2156 Roswell Road, Marietta. 770-971-6333, mariettaliquorbeer.com.
For the epicurean dad, Decatur wine and specialty goods store Wahoo Wine & Provisions offers gift baskets stuffed with fancy food and good vino. Basket prices start at $25 and can include an assortment of local cheeses, bottles of wine, crackers, local jams, cookies, chocolates, stemware and more. Wahoo Wine & Provisions, 1036 W. College Ave., Decatur, 404-687-9463, wahoowine.com.