I visited my family in law in Hungary. The homemade palinka (fruit brandy) is so harsh and bad. And then I drank one that was sweetened with honey. Made it into a sort of palinka liquere. I am not a sweet mouth, but that was tasty! The moment I got back to my own place in Hungary, I bought some honey, added it to the homemade palinka ... and the magic happened again!
By the time I got back to Holland I decided to do the same thing with jenever/gin. I wasn't a big fan yet of this drink. So I bought a bottle, added honey ... undrinkable! Geneva and honey don't mix well. I was disapointed but not yet ready to give up. I went online, typed "jenever" and 'honey" got some hits saying: "making your own geneva". I clicked and the rest is history.
I make fine geneva's now. Never had the urge to add honey ever again!
And when I told my dad, he said: "ah, so you are continuing the family tradition!" And then I remembered my parents actually made their own wine a long time ago. And made liqueres with fruits and sugar and jenever themselves. In a second it all came back. The bottles, the smell of fermentation ... How could I have forgoten? Okay I was very young still, when they did that.
My father unfortunately is not a fan of strong drinks. Beer, maybe wine. My mother was. And she would have love to see me get into this hobby. Unfortunately she died just a few months before this bug bit me.
"Great art is created only through diligent and painstaking effort to perfect and polish oneself." by Buddhist filosofer Daisaku Ikeda.