With all the perks of bartending - beautiful women, cash tips, being able to sleep late - you'd think it couldn't get any better. And then along come distributors, brand reps, and sales managers to sweeten the deal. Occasionally these people like to throw goodies our way to say thanks for selling their products. Which I have no problem accepting.
A couple weeks ago, however, our Nolet Spirits sales manager Mike pulled out all the stops and invited a handful of my co-workers and I to watch the Minnesota Twins beat up the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Aside from just picking up the cost of the tickets, he actually rented a suite at the TGIFridays in left field complete with an open bar and food. Oh, to be wined and dined. We got to mingle with other bar owners and employees from other Madison and Milwaukee bars. And we definitely put more than a dent in their liquor supply while we watched the Brewers win their first game in what would ultimately be a three game sweep of my hometown Twins. The tickets, the drinks, and the food all seemed generous enough - I felt like asking him to rig the game might've been too much.
So, I want to say thanks to Mike and the folks at Ketel One for a great night out on the town. I don't know why it got so fuzzy towards the end, especially when I found out the next day that my friends had been buying me non-alcoholic beer. Must've been the two Harlem bombs we started the first inning with or possibly the handful of Ketel One Oranje and 7's that kept me company during the Twins loss. If you haven't had the new Ketel One Oranje yet, go get a bottle. It's easily the best orange vodka I've had - light and sweet, without being syrupy or candy-like. And if you haven't heard of their newest liqueur Harlem, check it out. It's an herbal liqueur that draws a most-likely comparison to Jagermeister. Now, I'm not a fan of Jagermeister at all, but I can comfortably say that a shot of Harlem dropped into Red Bull with a squeeze of orange was a tasty way to start that night's drinking rampage. Adding a hint of orange really helps perk up the Harlem shot. So much better than the Jagerbombs I pour every night for the dude-bro with the popped collar and cheesy pickup lines. And I haven't tried their Hup Holland Hup shot they suggest on the Harlem blog, but I'm sure I will tonight.