Cheers to Dad! If your pop's the toast of the town, help him mix a sweet whiskey smash or a mean Manhattan with DIY cocktail cherries.
Boil cherry juice and sugar over medium-high heat with vanilla bean and seeds until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Stir in Luxardo and bay leaf.
Pour mixture over cherries.
Cool, seal, and refrigerate at least 1 week.
Partner up a jar with a bottle of nice whiskey (we like Nikka Coffey Grain; $65, astorwines.com) -- for a gift that only gets better with age, just like you-know-who.