My dad has never been a big cocktail drinker. Or wine drinker. He’s a beer guy. At his house he has two kegerators, which he always keeps stocked with refreshing brews. It’s always fun to see what my dad has on tap when I go home to visit my parents.

There is only one place that I can recall seeing my father drink liquor: Hawaii. Every year, my family goes on vacation there (I know, rough life), and I’ve learned that my dad loves a good Mai Tai, and any other drink with fruit and rum. I guess that when you’re soaking up the sun on a tropical island, a cold brew just doesn’t do the trick.

This Father’s Day I’m bringing the vacation to my dad with a rum-based drink I know he’ll enjoy. This season the strawberries have been especially good—you can’t beat them! Shake them up with some good quality rum and a few other fresh ingredients, and sip your way into relaxation.


Strawberry Island

1½ oz. Appleton Estate 12 Year

¾ oz. Gomme Syrup

1 Strawberry

1 Mint leaf

Juice of 1 Lime wedge

Combine all ingredients in a pint glass full of ice, and shake vigorously for several seconds (to break up the strawberry and mint leaf). Strain into a rocks glass, and then fill the glass with crushed ice. Garnish with strawberry and mint sprig (optional).