Sharp Cocktail Hour: Celebrate Father’s Day with The Glenlivet


Most years, Father’s Day would be full of the usual activities: maybe a hike in the woods, maybe a family brunch, maybe catching a ballgame with the Old Man. Instead, we’ve partnered with The Glenlivet, known for being original by tradition, to celebrate Father’s Day in the best way we know how: with one big virtual toast to the men who’ve made a difference in our lives.

The Glenlivet is known for breaking traditions in the world of single malts, ever since George Smith started his illicit distilling operation in the Livet valley at the turn of the 19th century. This part of the Speyside region is one of the most distinctive locations in Scotland for producing Scotch whisky. That’s partially what’s responsible for its characteristic floral aromas, its rich colour, and its light, sweet flavour. And those characteristics are what make The Glenlivet — across all its many expressions — not just a great sipping whisky, but also excellent in cocktails.

To mark this occasion, The Glenlivet has put together a few signature cocktail recipes, all of which break with traditional mixology in true Glenlivet spirit. Each cocktail uses a different expression of The Glenlivet — there’s one to suit every preference. Of course, good cocktails are made for sharing, so pick one of these, call up your dad (or your son or daughter or whoever you want to celebrate with) and enjoy a glass together.

Plus, on June 18 at 5:30pm ET, Sharp will be hosting a virtual cocktail hour and guided tasting with The Glenlivet hosted by Sharp’s Creative Director Michael LaFave and The Glenlivet’s Master Distiller Alan Winchester. With four decades of distilling experience, Winchester has a wealth of knowledge about all things single malt Scotch whisky, and his first-ever Canadian event will surely be a lively and informative discussion.

To join the conversation, please RSVP to We’d love you to join us.
If you’re located in the GTA, download the Boozer app and click here to pre-order The Glenlivet by June 16 to have it delivered right to your door to make the most of the tasting experience.  

The Claymore

Umeshu is a Japanese liqueur made by infusing rice wine with Ume, a relative of the plum. The liquid has nutty complexity as well as fruit sweetness. This depth pairs beautifully with the honeyed fruity notes in The Glenlivet 12 year old.

40ml The Glenlivet 12 year old
20ml Umeshu plum sake
Stir the two ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain over ice in a rocks glass, garnish with slices of ripe plum.
Feel free to adapt the proportions of the recipe – the two ingredients fit together so well that both drier, whisky-led versions or well-stirred sweeter sake-led ones are delicious.

The Last King

The addition of pineapple is a great way to introduce people to the delicious flavours of The Glenlivet, and highlights the whisky’s smooth, fruity style.

50ml The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve
25ml spice-roasted pineapple syrup
20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with cubed ice, and strain over hand-cracked ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a wedge of fresh pineapple.
For the Spice-Roasted Pineapple Syrup:
Take five cardamom pods, a single star anise, two husks of mace,  ¼ of grated nutmeg, a small pinch of cumin, 2 cloves and 3 quills of cinnamon and crush in a pestle and mortar.
Mix the finely ground spices with 200g of brown sugar and sprinkle onto thick slices of pineapple that have been skinned. Place the pineapples in an oven at 250°F for 15 minutes to gently roast.
Place the roasted pineapple, 200ml of pineapple juice and 200ml of caster sugar in a blender. Strain the syrup to remove any pineapple.

The Orchard Shelter

The Glenlivet’s take on the whisky sour with the The Glenlivet 12 year old is harmonized by flavours of pear and fig. It’s the perfect stay-at-home drink for Father’s Day.

40ml The Glenlivet 12 year old
12.5ml fig liqueur
10ml pear eau de vie
2 dashes Peychaud bitters
10ml lemon juice
10ml egg white/vegan foamer
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake without ice to build a bubble matrix with the egg white. Once a frothy texture has been achieved, add ice and shake hard to chill. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a quarter of a ripe fig.

The Ultimate Old-Fashioned

The Old-Fashioned is the archetypal American cocktail. Using The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve, which is selectively finished in cognac casks for a rich and intense taste, makes this an original Old-Fashioned. The key is to use the finest possible ingredients, the freshest oranges and a blend of bitters designed specifically to bring out the very best of the whisky.

50ml The Glenlivet Captain’s Reserve
5 grams unrefined cane sugar
2 dashes perfect bitters blend
The Old-Fashioned is traditionally made in the tumbler in which it is served. Add the unrefined sugar into the glass and add a little whisky and ice. Stir slowly to dissolve the sugar for about half a minute, add a little more whisky and the bitters and continue to stir for another minute. Add the remaining whisky and stir, taste for balance and adjust if necessary. Garnish with a large orange twist expressed over the surface of the drink.
For the Perfect Bitters:
Mix two parts of Angostura bitters with single parts of Bob’s Bitters Orange and Mandarin, Fee Brother’s Plum and Peychaud’s bitters. Leave to marry for at least a couple of hours.