I love Christmas. The music, the food, the family, the snow, all the traditions. Whether observing the passed down traditions or creating new ones the holidays really get me in a good mood. This year has been particularly special as my daughter has taken on the massive role of baking the black rum cake and if you know Jamaican culture black cake is paramount and not everyone gets the blessing of the ancestors to be ordained the “Maker of Black Cake”. There are only a few anointed per generation (I’m joking….sort of). Skye did a stellar job. She followed the recipe passed down from my late aunt Jean and the elders (my uncle, and her grandparents) have all agreed the ancestors must be pleased. In the theme of bringing the old traditions to the new generation I have decided at the request of my sister to remix the Caribbean Christmas…

Taking this trip down memory lane had me thinking about the cocktail I would share with my dad this year, and I couldn’t think of anything better than an Old Fashioned Christmas. All the classic elements of an old fashioned but with a Christmas twist.