The Whiskey Grapefruit Cocktail

The Whiskey Grapefruit Cocktail

Clay RiversJune 13, 2022

Here’s a cocktail tailor made for Dad on Father’s Day.

This is a refreshing drink that also packs a bit of a kick and 300 mg of antioxidants to help keep good old Dad’s immune system firing on all cylinders.


  • 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 1 packet IEGT Lemon
  • 2 oz Pamplemousse
  • 4 oz Ginger Beer (omit or adjust to taste)
  • 1 Garnish with Grapefruit Slice



  1. Place Bourbon, IEGT Lemon, and Pamplemousse in a cocktail shaker.
    1. Place ice in shaker.
    2. Do not shake but stir vigorously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain over fresh ice into a Collins glass.
    1. Top with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with Grapefruit slice.


Famous Quotes about Fathers:

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows the way”. – Unknown


“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years”. – Mark Twain


“Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love”. – Unknown


“By the time a man realizes that, maybe, his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong”. – Charles Wadsworth


Father’s Day: A Brief History

Here in the United States the first Father’s Day was celebrated in 1910 we have continued to celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June ever since. Of course, Father’s Day is celebrated in other parts of the world, too, but the specific date varies from country to country.


We owe our celebration in the United States to Sonora Smart-Dodd who wanted to honor her loving, devoted, and selfless father, William Jackson Smart, with a special day set aside just for fathers. William was born in Arkansas in 1842 and, amazingly, served both the Confederate and the Union forces during the American Civil War.


According to records, William was driving a Confederate supply wagon when he was captured at the Battle of Pea Ridge, also known as the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern. This battle, from March 7th to March 8th, 1862, was one of the few engagements wherein the Confederate forces outnumbered the Union forces. The Union troops, under the command of Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis, defeated the Confederate forces and established Union control of almost all of Missouri and northern Arkansas.


William decided to join the Union forces rather than remain a prisoner. Evidence that William served both the Confederate and Union causes is supported by the fact that Sonora was a member of both the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of Union Veterans.


William was a widower with five children when he married Sonora’s mother, Ellen, who was also widowed and with three children. Sonora was born in 1882 and her mother died when Sonora was sixteen years old. William’s five children from his first marriage were grown when Ellen died, leaving William to raise Sonora and her five siblings on his own.


When Sonora was born, William and Ellen lived in Arkansas where they owned a “coal ranch” and would collect chunks of coal from the ground surface to sell in town. Eventually, they sold the land and moved to a new homestead near Spokane. It was on this farm that Sonora’s mother died and William became a twice widowed man with six children to raise by himself. Sonora recalled that William was the ideal father and role model for her and her siblings.


As Sonora noted, William was both father and mother to them and did a brilliant job. In 1909 Sonora was in attendance at one of the first Mother’s Day services at her church and she decided then and there that, if mothers deserved a special day of honor, then so too did fathers!


Sonora went to work and she petitioned the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to honor the devotion and dedication shown not only by her father but by all fathers. By 1910 she successfully convinced the alliance to honor all fathers and sought to have the day celebrated on June 5th, William’s birthday. Unfortunately, by the time they decided to make this celebration, time wat too short to hold the celebration on that date and they, consequently, selected the third Sunday in June.


Not content with just a regional celebration, Sonora dedicated the next sixty years to having a nationally recognized Father’s Day. She wrote to and got the support of her congressmen who helped her in her drive to make Father’s Day a national celebration. In 1916, president Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to celebrate Father’s Day but it wasn’t until 1972 when president Richard Nixon signed a Congressional resolution that made the third Sunday in June a national Father’s Day.'s_Day