Whether you’ve been at home with your dad all this time, been able to just wave in the park or still haven’t been able to see him, for many of us, the last few weeks have highlighted how much we love our dads (faults and all). Many of us have been kept away from our dads for too long and can’t wait to be together again…. or at the very least to celebrate them properly.
That’s why we believe Dads across the UK should be treated to an extra special Father’s Day this year.
Here are five unique ideas for how to treat your dad to an extra special day.
Make a long and lazy Father’s Day brunch
Whether your dad prefers a fry up, yoghurt and fruit or simply just a bowl of cereal in the morning, why not pair this year’s brunch with a delightfully tangy cocktail that’s sure to lead to repeat orders.
Martini or coupette
50ml One Sage & Apple Gin
25ml Lemon juice
1 heaped teaspoon of orange marmalade
Orange twist for garnish
Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with fresh ice and shake well. Double strain into the glass and garnish with an orange twist.
Help to plant a herb garden at home
This is the perfect time of year to create your own herb garden, including our favourite – sage – of course. As well as being easy to grow and look after, this aromatic plant will help add a herbaceous kick to cooking, baking and even your next #OneGoodGin G&T as the ultimate savoury garnish.
Read Good Housekeeping’s expert guide for growing your own herbs, a fantastic opportunity to spend the day in the garden with your dad (which should of course be rewarded with a G&T or two!).
Bake a deliciously summery dessert
We love this gin-soaked apple and almond tart recipe from Craft Gin Club. Why not challenge yourself to make this deliciously fruity apple and sage dessert to enjoy this Father’s Day?
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 8)
For the sweet sage pastry:
225g plain flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
2tbsp golden caster sugar
150g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1tbsp finely chopped sage leaves
2-2 ½ tbsp. iced water
For the frangipane filling:
100g unsalted butter
100g icing sugar, sieved
100g ground almonds
2 large eggs, beaten
50ml One Sage and Apple Gin
For the topping:
4 Granny Smith apples
Preheat oven to 170C, 150C fan or Gas 3. Blitz the flour, salt, sugar, butter and sage in a food processor (or rub in by hand) until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
Add the cold water and combine until the dough comes together in a ball.
Tip the dough onto a floured board and press down lightly into a disc shape. Wrap in cling film and pop into the fridge for 20 minutes.
Make the frangipane by creaming together the butter and sugar. Add the beaten eggs, then mix in the ground almonds and gin. Chill.
Roll out the chilled pastry until 3-5mm thick, and use to line a 23cm round fluted tarte tin, or a tarte ring on a baking sheet. Tidy the edges and chill for 20 minutes. Once chilled, pour the frangipane into the pastry case, stopping half a centimetre from the top. Smooth the surface.
Halve and peel the apples, carefully cutting out the cores. Place flat side down and slice thinly across the width. Arrange the slices in the tart and spread out slightly. Melt a knob of butter, paint the apple halves with it and dredge with caster sugar. Level the surface and sprinkle with the flaked almonds. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the frangipane is puffy and golden and the apples just cooked.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the sides of the tin. (An easy way to do this is to stand the tin on a can of beans and push down gently on the edges of the tin.) Transfer the tart, with the tin base attached, to a serving plate. Serve warm with cream, crème fraiche or ice cream.
Share a refreshing jug cocktail
Follow this simple recipe to create a refreshing summer cooler jug cocktail, that’s perfect for sharing during a Father’s Day BBQ, picnic or as an aperitif in the garden.
Tumbler / Large Wine
350ml One Sage & Apple Gin
50ml elderflower cordial
50ml lime juice
150ml green tea
300ml cloudy apple juice
100ml sparkling water
3 x cucumber strips
1 x bunch fresh mint
Pour all ingredients over ice into a large (2l) jug and stir. Garnish with cucumber strips and fresh mint.
Buy a meaningful gift that gives back
Finally, you could simply give your dad an extra special gift that’s making a difference this year. Every bottle of One Gin funds life-changing water projects in the world’s poorest communities, so just by purchasing a bottle of One Sage & Apple Gin from your local Tesco store or a One Gin & Root7 Geoglasses gift set online, you’re also helping to give the gift of clean water to someone in need this Father’s Day.