Happy birthday to this guy!
The best dad in the world, and my favorite partner in (musical) crime!
It didn’t sink in for me until I was in my mid-twenties that, when I was born, it meant he had a child and turned thirty within one week. That’s adulthood punching you in the face, right there. But he seems to have coped pretty well, seeing as he is the best dad in the world.
This might be a shock to learn, but neither of my parents likes wine. At all. My mom won’t even touch it, and my dad will politely taste it, make a scrunched up “how can you drink this stuff?” face, and then promptly hand the glass over to someone else (usually me). So in honor of his birthday tonight, I wanted to indulge in something he does drink: rum.
We bought a bottle of Amber Rum from Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery in Middleburg, VA about a year ago, and I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to open it. If my dad’s birthday isn’t the right opportunity, I don’t know what is. Now, my dad’s favorite way to drink rum is to mix white rum with Coke over ice, but I decided to get a little creative tonight, and make my favorite cocktail with a rum twist.
Yeah, so I made an Old Fashioned with rum. Hopefully, I won’t soon be chased down by an angry mob of rye whiskey devotees, because I drink a lot of wine and I eat a lot of pasta and running isn’t really my thing. I’m also not sorry, because this is a delicious cocktail, and it’s the perfect way to celebrate my dad’s birthday from across the state.
Usually, when my dad and I get together and have a drink or two, this is what happens:
Since it’s just Graham and me tonight, we’ll have to settle for raising our glasses in a toast.
I wish you the happiest of birthdays, Dad, today and for many, many years to come! Cheers to you!
Post Script – Regarding Mt. Defiance: They make a wide variety of ciders and spirits, they’re located right on the main street in Middleburg, and their rum tastings are really fun (they make mini-cocktails!). Here’s their website, if you’d like to learn more, or plan your visit: Mt. Defiance Cidery and Distillery.