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Brugal Rum Saves the V-Day

I was offered an opportunity to attend a Plain White T's concert at the House of Blues . One of the sponsors was Brugal Rum. I accepted the assignment in about a millisecond--for a couple of reasons. One, I like rum. Two, I'm in my thirties, married, and have two young children.

Translation: I forgot to make plans for V-Day. For me, Valentine's Day ranks dead last in holidays. It's not the commercialization that's upsetting. It's the come-out-of-nowhere-and-bite-you-in-the-ass nature of the holiday. I'm never prepared for it, and this year was no different.

So, thanks to the good folks at Brugal Rum, I now had plans for the evening. Plus, my wife loves the Plain White T's. Bonus ! I secured a babysitter, got gussied up, and headed into downtown for a night of libations and tunes.

We arrived early, drank often, and met several great people. I sampled numerous shot-glass portions of mixed drinks featuring the rum. Actually, the first drink, which was my favorite, wasn't mixed at all. It was a chilled shot of smooth Brugal Anejo Rum that went down oh so easy.

Next, came the Santo Libre--a Brugal Anejo Rum with 7Up and a squeeze of lime. Although tasty, this was my least favorite of the four drinks. The Golden Mojito (typical mojito) with you guessed it, Anejo Rum, seemed to be a crowd favorite, as was the Brugal Splash--a perfect mixed drink, highlighted by pineapple juice. Sometimes mixed drinks featuring pineapple juice can be a little too sweet. This wasn't the case.

Brugal Rum claims to be the #1 rum in the Caribbean. I'll go with that. As for the Plain White T's, I'm not ashamed to admit they put on a great performance. And that's not the rum talking.

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