Fig Bourbon Jam from Elusive Jams/Courtesy Blakely Johnson
Photo: Blakely Johnson
Photo: Blakely Johnson

Buy This: Three unusual ways to toast Dad this Father’s Day 

Looking for the perfect gift for you dad who loves to eat and drink? How about bourbon on his toast? A cocktail in his backpack? Bourbon-aged soy sauce for his sushi? We’ve got you covered. 

Fig Bourbon Jam from Elusive Jams 

Their business origin story involves a Fig Old Fashioned sampled at an Atlanta restaurant that inspired a homemade version that resulted in some bourbon-steeped figs turned into jam. Now Jason and Heather Wynn of Douglasville make seven seasonal flavors of jam, many liquor-infused, including Dark Chocolate Strawberry Merlot and Hot Date with Brandy. Their Fig Bourbon Jam was a finalist in the 2019 Flavor of Georgia competition (the Celeste figs in the jam are sourced from Georgia) and we’re thinking it’s because of the perfect pairing of rich figs and smoky bourbon. Great on a biscuit but spooned on vanilla ice cream? Bliss. 

$6 per 5-ounce jar, $9 per 8-ounce jar, $12 per 13-ounce jar. Available at CalyRoad Creamery in Sandy Springs, Eden Fresh Market in Fayetteville and online at elusivejams.com/

Bluegrass Soy Sauce from Bourbon Barrel Foods

Bluegrass Soy Sauce from Bourbon Barrel Foods

Regional small batch soy sauce? Who knew? Soy sauce brewed from Kentucky grown non-GMO soybeans and aged in repurposed bourbon barrels? Delicious. Matt Jamie has been making his Bluegrass Soy Sauce since 2008, five years after he started researching small soy breweries of Japan and considering how to create a product unlike anything he could find in the market. Sold like fine bourbon with batch and bottle number hand written on the label, this is a soy sauce to savor and use like a fine finishing salt. We hear Steven Satterfield uses it at Miller Union. That’s high praise for sure. 

$8 per 100-ml flask. Available at The Food Boyz in Duluth, Roswell Hardware, Ace Hardware in Dunwoody, The Leaning Ladder in Woodstock, David’s Produce and Country Store, The Cook’s Warehouse, Smyrna Beer Market, Bates Ace Hardware, and Alon’s Bakery and online at bourbonbarrelfoods.com/.

Classic Cocktails in Cans from Post Meridiem

Classic Cocktails in Cans from Post Meridiem 

It’s another, “Why didn’t I think of that?” product. Cocktails premixed from premium ingredients and packaged in easy-to-chill, easy-to-transport and easy-to-open cans. Andrew Rodbell and Charles Sain created this line of ready-to-drink cocktails and debuted it this spring. Rodbell says, “Our vision is to make real ingredient cocktails as convenient and effortless as beer and wine.” Could there be an easier way to enjoy a classic Double Old-Fashioned, Hemingway Daiquiri, Mai Tai, Vodka Gimlet or Margarita? We don’t think so. 

$3.99 - $4.99 per 100 ml can. Available at Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits Buckhead; Holeman & Finch Bottle Shop; Corks & Caps; Peachtree Road Liquor; Sprayberry Bottle Shop; World Beverage Duluth; Fairway Package; Sweetwater Package; Perimeter Bottle Shop and Dunwoody Beverage and at the Blending House, 1303 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta. postmeridiemspirits.com/ 

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