In one of my previous lives or careers, jobs, vocations – whatever you want to call it – I was a bartender and I loved it, mainly because I got to socialize while at work, listen to great music, have a drink after shift and play euchre with the management for money at two o’clock in the morning – go home at 4 and get up at 10 am and start all over again. Being younger, the long hours on one’s feet didn’t really bother me all that much. Plus, I am not a morning person so getting up at 6 am or 7am was beyond my wheelhouse.
From the age of 21 to 45 I was in the hospitality business off and on with odd attempts at a “real job” as my mother used to say. I banked my paycheque to pay the rent and bills and spent my tips; having a wise financial advisor at that time might have done wonders for my retirement, but alas I was not a saver.
I remember vividly how a well dressed older gentleman would come in to the bar and order green chartreuse and I thought it must be pretty good, otherwise why would you drink it, so after work one night I tried it and it was godawful (grotty) to put it mildly. In those many years of working the bar I have tried many fancy concoctions and different types of liquors and liqueurs and below is a list of those I find offensive to the palate – just my personal dislikes – pretty much anything with licorice in it is at the top of the list as I can’t stand that taste but there are plenty of people out there who do like it.
Green and yellow chartreuse
Scotch – no, I don’t care if it is single malt
Now some of my favourites: Southern Comfort, Kahlua, Vodka, Frangelica, Dark rum, and Tequila in moderation. Cheers!