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Father's Day Gift Giving on Autopilot

By Jenny |

There are a lot of reasons why I love Father’s Day.  When I was a kid, it meant it was the end of the school year and one of the first happy signifiers of summer’s arrival. Now that I have kids of my own, it means we get to compile a few more of those acrostic poems that my daughters write for him – you know, the ones where they use the letters in his name to come up with a poem?  But I think most of all I like it because there is no what-on-earth-do-I-give-him Present Pressure. A few years ago, I unknowingly started a gift-giving on autopilot program for Father’s Day (which I highly recommend). I had generated such happiness with a gift I gave my husband that I decided I would just get him the same thing every year – I call this practice “ritualistic” as opposed to the smaller-thinkers term “uncreative” or “lazy.”

So what is the gift? It is all the components of one of his most favorite summer cocktails: The Dark & Stormy.  He had been a gin-and-tonic man for most of his (legal-aged) life, but a few years ago while vacationing in a New England seaside town he took a few sips of the spicy, rummy concoction and that was enough to start spreading the gospel far and wide. (RIP: Bombay Sapphire)

There are as many opinions about what makes a good Dark & Stormy as there are willing drinkers of the cocktail, so I will just tell you the version that he likes the best. It starts with 2 ounces of dark rum. What kind? I have a friend who brings me back El Dorado 21-year-old dark rum from Guyana, but it’s almost impossible to find Stateside, so your next best choice is Goslings Black Seal. I am already anticipating the hate mail on the way for listing Goslings as a second choice here. Among many D&S aficionados, there is Goslings in a Dark & Stormy or it’s not to be called a Dark & Stormy. The next crucial step is 5 ounces of ginger beer and a generous squeeze of lime. What kind of ginger beer? You can usually find something more than decent in a pinch – like Reeds Extra Ginger and Maine Root, but the special, gift-worthy kind that I usually try to hunt down for a Father’s Day gift is Barritts, imported from Bermuda which claims the Dark & Stormy as it’s “National Drink.” I’m thinking of declaring something similar in our house.  Or at least as “The Official Drink of Father’s Day.”

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Jenny Rosenstrach contributes to the blog, Dinner: A Love Story, the website devoted to family dinner, and is the author of the upcoming book Dinner: A Love Story (Ecco, 2010) Previously, she was a food blogger for Babble.

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0 thoughts on “Father's Day Gift Giving on Autopilot

  1. Amy says:

    I might have to try this one — sounds tasty! By the way, if you replace the dark rum with vodka, it makes a delicious drink called a “moscow mule.”

  2. w h auden says:

    this is so cool!

    w h auden

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