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The best father day gift

Fathers day in 2018 lands on Sunday, June 17 and despite many other websites telling you to buy the perfect gifts for dad, I have one solution that won’t cost you anything.

 

Give him a day off

 

The reasoning behind this is simple. Dads do not need gifts, they want time. We don’t want another tie, we want to minimize our belonging and experience a bit of fresh air, or a cigar with a favorite whiskey at hand. You could give him a bottle of 12-year-old scotch but he probably already has one. There’s always room for another cigar or a bottle of whiskey, but that’s just a teaser to wanting a day off to enjoy these. Us dads are constantly concerned about how to provide and provide enough for our family, it’s an everyday struggle and a long-term investment that never ends. We want to pack all the activities possible that will someday provide a chunk of our kids’ college or the possibility of giving moms the option to stay at home if they wanted to. You’ll have to command us to take the day off. We won’t stop working unless you take away our laptop, command us to go have a smoke and a drink, cook us a nice steak with our favorite trimmings and lay on the hammock you bought us last year.

 

Want to give a little extra? Fix him an Old-Fashioned or a Negroni.

 

The Negroni Recipe

“The Negroni is an iconic Italian cocktail, made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an apéritif”. – Wikipedia

 

Old Fashioned Recipe (from Serious Eats):

  • 1 teaspoon (5g) superfine sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
  • 2 to 3 dashes bitters (Angostura is traditional and works well; Fee Brothers’ Whiskey Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned Bitters are better)
  • 2 ounces (60ml) bourbon or rye whiskey.
  • Orange peel and/or cherry, to garnish (optional)