The Perfect Father’s Day Cocktails for Grilling Enthusiasts

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the fathers in your life. It’s also time to start the neverending search for a gift that Dad will actually like. Like most kids, you’ve tried it all—the continuous parade of ties he never wears, the bathroom golf putting set collecting dust, the cologne he wore once (to everyone’s dismay), and the fishing pole he’s never used. They were all a little boring, but they did the job of telling Dad thanks for everything he does. This year, you are determined to do things differently. This year, you are getting Dad something he’ll actually like. 

And what do dads like more than having a drink in the sunshine while they masterfully create food magic on the grill? Leave the grilling to the master and surprise him by supplying the drinks this year. You can skip the hassle of buying individual ingredients and instead opt for the convenience of a premium canned cocktail to fuel his sunny grill days.  

While you’ll want to check ingredients and choose the right brand, today’s canned cocktails offer high-quality, complex flavors in perfectly proportioned cans. Top producers are creating cocktails with authentic ingredients in small batches to preserve the taste of a freshly made bar-quality cocktail. 

But which cocktails are right for your grill enthusiast? You need cocktails that will cool him off on a sunny summer day and take the art of perfectly grilled meat to the next level. Here are five canned cocktails that will put a real smile on Dad’s face this year. 

Seven Cocktails Perfect for Your Father’s Day BBQ

Ready to give Dad a day he’ll remember and a gift he’ll never forget? Here are seven amazing cocktails you must bring to your Father’s Day cookout this year. We’ve included some grilling suggestions to help you get the most out of every sip. 

The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is timeless. It’s sophisticated. It pays homage to tradition. Sound like anyone else you know? 

The Old Fashioned is widely recognized as the first cocktail, and it’s still a favorite on bar menus everywhere for a reason. It’s more than a cocktail; it’s a timeless symbol of refinement. The smooth blend of whiskey, sugar, bitters, and a citrus twist delivers a balanced, robust flavor that exudes confidence. Look for an Old Fashioned that sticks to the traditional Rye Bourbon whiskey for the best taste. 

Pair it at the grill with: 

The Old Fashioned is a versatile grilling companion because its rich and complex flavor profile can hold its own against various tastes. Try serving it with a juicy, perfectly-seared steak or a smoky rack of ribs. The bold taste will pair well with hearty cuts of meat and enhance the smoky and savory notes of your BBQ feast. 

The Mai Tai

If your dad’s go-to casual wear is a Hawaiian shirt, this is the cocktail for his luau. The Mai Tai is a tropical delight first mixed up by the legendary bartender Trader Vic himself for friends visiting from Tahiti. 

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Shun imposter mixes that use coconut or pineapple juice and opt for the authentic Mai Tai taste. Look for a canned cocktail with Caribbean rum, real lime juice, orange curacao, and almond orgeat to capture Vic’s original vision. The refreshing and vibrant flavor tastes like being on vacation, even if you never leave the backyard. 

Pair it at the grill with: 

The island-inspired flavor of the Mai Tai is especially great with seafood. Try it with succulent shrimp skewers or a flakey fillet of grilled fish. The cocktail’s fruity notes and citrus undertones harmonize with the pescatarian feast and can bring a taste of island paradise to your Father’s Day BBQ. 

The Espresso Martini

If Dad needs a little pick-me-up during the party, the Espresso Martini is a great energizing indulgence. The right canned cocktail seamlessly combines the richness of vodka with the smoothness of premium vodka and adds a hint of sweetness. It’s like a cozy coffee shop and a vibrant cocktail bar got together to make the perfect drink. 

The espresso martini is a fantastic drink for supping after the day’s festivities and the ideal choice when Dad isn’t quite ready to bring the celebration to a close (and it’s too late for a nap!). Let Dad revel in the flavors of this smooth cocktail and let the caffeine help fuel the celebration into the evening. 

Pair it at the grill with: 

Serve the espresso martini with a selection of grilled desserts! Try caramelizing bananas or pineapple on the grill as a mouthwatering treat. The cocktail’s coffee flavors are a great contrast and nicely cut through the sweetness of the dessert, while the hint of sweetness will help satisfy Dad’s sweet tooth. The smoky taste of grilled desserts tastes excellent against the coffee flavors. This is also a great drink to pair with Smores—if you happen to be grilling over an open flame! 

The Daquiri

Is Dad always dreaming of a tropical escape? Let him get away from it all with a Daiquiri. This classic tiki cocktail features rum, lime juice, and a hint of sweetness, resulting in a beautifully balanced, sippable beverage that transports you to sun-kissed shores with every sip. The vibrant and uplifting flavors of the Daiquiri make it a perfect addition to a sunny Father’s Day celebration, whether you are lounging by the pool or firing up the grill. Treat Dad to this refreshing concoction and see his carefree spirit come out to play. 

Pair it at the grill with: 

Try the daiquiri with grilled pork dishes like grilled chops, tender ribs, or a juicy tenderloin. The cocktail’s citrus notes and rum undertones complement the rich flavors of the pork. It’s perfect if you pair it with a tangy marinade or sweet glaze, enhancing the drink’s sweetness without overdoing it. Look for citrus-based marinades for an extra special combination of flavors. 

The Southside

The Southside is one of those lesser-known cocktails that deserves a lot more buzz. It’s the more sophisticated version of a Gin & Tonic. The highest quality canned Southside will be made with gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and garden mint. This combination creates a crisp and herbaceous drink perfect for backyard sipping. The herbs and citrus are refreshing, and mixing them with a nice gin makes it ideal for that warm summer day.

Pair it at the grill with: 

The Southside is a champion for grilled poultry. Imagine serving it alongside tender and juicy grilled chicken or tasty turkey burgers. The cocktail’s bright and zesty character cuts through the meat’s richness, and the minty notes add a refreshing twist that complements savory BBQ flavors. 

The Vodka Gimlet

The Vodka Gimlet is another go-to option for a summer cocktail. Dad will love its simple, clean, no-fuss taste. It’s made from vodka, lime juice, cane sugar syrup, and lemongrass oil. It’s an easy, breezy combination with a touch of sweetness. The result is a smooth drink that’s uncomplicated and incredibly satisfying to sip as you stand by the fire. 

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Pair it at the grill with: 

The Vodka Gimlet is a great drink to pair with your favorite grilled vegetables. Try it with grilled asparagus, zucchini, or bell peppers. The cocktail’s clean and citrusy profile amplify the natural flavors of the vegetables, creating a harmonious combination that will have vegetarian and meat-eating dads reaching for seconds. 

The Margarita

No Father’s Day BBQ is complete without a zesty margarita. If there were one drink of summer, this would be it. This beloved cocktail features tequila, lime juice, and a dash of orange liqueur. One sip of the sweet and savory combination will put a smile on Dad’s face. Whether you serve it straight from the can or blended with ice, the margarita is a tried-and-true crowd-pleaser. 

Pair it at the grill with: 

Mix things up by serving your margaritas with tacos! Grill your meats—including carne asada or poblano chicken—and grilled vegetables. Serve them with your favorite corn or flour tortillas, and let the crowd heap on their favorite toppings. The margarita’s citrusy kick and tequila notes harmonize with Mexcian flavors, making every bite feel like a party. 

Bring Dad Bar-Quality Taste in a Convenient Can

This Father’s Day, treat the dads in your life to the best canned cocktails. Whether they prefer the elegance of the Old Fashioned or the lively spirit of the Margarita, Prime Meridiem has a cocktail-in-a-can for every dad. Made from premium liquors, real ingredients, and a whole lot of care, you get that bar-quality taste in a convenient can—with zero compromise. Perfect for bringing to the BBQ and stocking up in the fridge to tell Dad thanks, you can order them shipped right to your door and get ready to raise a glass to Dad this Father’s Day.