A Father’s Day Cocktail and Boozy Cake Pairing

Father’s Day is this weekend, so here’s a Father’s Day Cocktail for the dad who is classic but doesn’t take himself too seriously.

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We’re riffing off a classic cocktail- the Sazerac– a staple from one of America’s cultural hot beds, New Orleans. Except we’re adding extra chill because this father’s day, we’re playing it cool (like dad used to be). Plus, we’re baking up desserts to play up our dads’ sweet sides.

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A proper Sazerac is a mix of whiskey, absinthe, sugar and the key ingredient- Peychaud’s Bitters- the bright red bitters with slight hints of cherry, clove and nutmeg. Absinthe can be harder to come by and heavier on the wallet, so for this Father’s Day cocktail, we’re going with absinthe’s pinch hitter (or absinthe’s lower-alcohol-content kid brother, if you will)- Pernod, an anise flavored liqueur.

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If your dad is a Sazerac drinker, then he’s no stranger to anise’s polarizing licorice flavor. With a few quick steps, you can transform a simple Mellow Yellow or Tangy Lemon Healthyish Cake into a Sazerac Cake to complement dad’s cocktail.

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Right after removing your Healthyish cakes from the oven, poke the surfaces using a cake tester or a toothpick, then top with a splash of whiskey. The whiskey will seep into the cake and infuse it with that oaky flavor. Though the heat will tone down the alcohol content, the cakes will still pack a little punch (so don’t share with kiddos). Then, for that characteristic licorice flavor, drizzle with a Pernod Glaze (recipe below).

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To keep the Father’s Day festivities cool, we’re blending Sazerac ingredients with ice for a frostier and more refreshing take on the classic. Keep that blender blending, so Dad can kick up his feet and enjoy his day. If you’re firing up the grill for dad, don’t forget to grill up some extra fruit for dessert too!

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A Gift for Dads- a Discount on Healthyish Cakes!

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for dad, indulge his sweet tooth and sign him up for a monthly subscription of Healthyish cakes and keep experimenting with cocktail pairings. Enter DADSROCK at checkout for 10% off your gift subscription, and be sure to tag your Father’s Day dessert moments with #HealthyishFoods on Instagram.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!

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Sazerac Style Healthyish Cakes

Yield: for 3-4 Healthyish Cakes


Healthyish Baking Kits
3-4 Tablespoons Whiskey

1 Tablespoon Pernod Anise
2 Tablespoons Organic Powdered Sugar

For the Cakes

Follow the Healthyish baking instructions. Immediately after removing the cakes from the oven, use a cake tester or toothpick to poke holes in the cakes’ surfaces. Pour 1 Tablespoon whiskey onto the surface of each cake (or more whiskey, to taste), spreading the liquid evenly over the surface.

For the Glaze

Whisk together the Pernod and powdered sugar until smooth. Drizzle over cakes.

A Father’s Day Cocktail: The “Spazerac” (A Frosty Take on a Sazerac)
Recipe adapted from Liquor.com


2  1/2 oz your favorite whiskey
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 teaspoon Pernod Anise (or absinthe)
1/4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters


Lemon twist
Fresh rosemary or other herbs


Old Fashioned


Add all the ingredients to a blender with just under 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth and pour into an Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Author: Quelcy

Quelcy is a Pittsburgh based food stylist, photographer, dessert advocate and crazy dog lady. She shares seasonally inspired recipes rooted in nostalgia on her blog, WithTheGrains.com. Her favorite Healthish combo is tangy lemon cake with a dollop of dark chocolate frosting.

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