With the extension of the Full Movement Control Order, Father’s Day will also be a homebound affair this year. But it needn't be a repetition of the usual order-takeout-and-dine-at-home routine. If you’re looking for a fun activity to spruce up Father’s Day weekend, preferably something that involves a drink or two, these reliable bars and distributors in KL are offering cocktail kits, tasting classes and gifts to celebrate the man of the hour.
Need a kit that can serve the whole family? The folks at Jann KL have specially curated two sizeable cocktail kits — the GIN-ventive Cocktail Set and Whisky Cocktail Set — for Father’s Day. Each box comes with three recipe cards and enough ingredients to whip up three servings per flavour, yielding nine cocktails in total. The kit also comes with dehydrated garnishes and glassware for dad (or you) to nail presentation.
Gin set, RM198 nett; whisky set, RM288 nett. WhatsApp 012 507 3327 to order.
In collaboration with Chivas, Frank’s Bar is hosting a virtual whisky tasting event for Father’s Day over Zoom. Each participant will receive a 30ml bottle of Chivas 12, Chivas 18 and Chivas Mizunara to sample, and Frank’s head bartender will run through the tasting notes of each spirit during the one-hour session. And as a bonus, participants are gifted an extra 30ml bottle of Chivas 12 and soda to create a highball.
RM150 per pax. WhatsApp 012 674 4860 by June 18 to reserve a spot.
Astor Bar KL
A little competition never hurt anyone. Astor Bar at St Regis Kuala Lumpur has prepared all you need to challenge your dad to a friendly bartending battle. In the kit, you will find the recipes for the bar’s Whisky Sour and Jade Forest, a competition guide and a score sheet for your judges. Assemble your winning drink (you'll be working with the The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year Old with three sorts of juices and syrups) using a new cocktail shaker, bar spoon and jigger.
RM228+. Call 03 2727 6696 to order.
The Chow Kit x Mizukami Highball
We miss the promise of a good night-out at the bar, be it the jostling shoulders or the endless possibility in overheard conversations. Although some watering holes have closed, the ones staying open are adding to-go cocktails to their repertoire. Renowned mixologist Shawn Chong of Mizukami Highball fame has paired up with The Chow Kit hotel for a set of easy-sipping aperitifs and non-alcoholic options. Pick from the wine-based Kasturi Verano or the Garnet Quencher with vermouth that packs a punch. Teetotallers will relish the Sun Kissed Cooler and Peppered Tropics — perfect thirst-quenchers that won’t unsaddle you.
Each bottle at RM15; a bundle of four with fish crackers and The Chow Kit Nachos at RM90. Order here.
Johnnie Walker combo packs
Raise a dram to all fathers and father figures with a selection of whisky combos and latest releases by Diageo Malaysia. For the ardent whisky lover, the Singleton of Glen Ord 12 Year Old is best enjoyed neat with a drop of water. The single malt Scotch whisky comes in two 70cl bottles as well as a complimentary 20cl bottle. If you’re putting together an elaborate meal this weekend, pair it with Johnnie Walker Aged 15 Years Sherry Finish, imbued with flavours such as candied fruits, dried fruits and coco exclusive to cherry. The whisky with a floral fragrance is also available in a combo pack of two 70cl bottles, and a Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve 20cl.
The newly released John Walker & Sons XR21 3 Kingdoms Collection (pictured), which epitomises the legendary warriors of the Three Kingdoms era Sun Quan, Liu Bei and Cao Cao, makes the perfect Father’s Day gift if you haven’t prepared one already. The collection also comes with limited Three Kingdom themed premium glassware and uniquely crafted metal holders — it's truly a collector’s dream.