A ‘mixologist’ is not someone one comes across very often. Let alone one that has won several awards for his work, authored a popular recipes book, and extends beverage consultancy and training services to the biggest brands in the world. When you do chance upon someone with such an interesting profile, you certainly don’t want to miss the opportunity to sit down for a chat!
With a career spanning over 22 years in the beverages industry, Yangdup Lama is the recipient of several awards, such as the Asia-Pacific 30 under 30 Award in 1997, and was featured as a ‘YOUNG TURK’ on CNBC TV18 in January 2007.
Mixology is quite an unconventional career path. When did you first realise your passion for it and where did you get your training from?
I realised this long ago when I had the opportunity of working at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Delhi way back in 1995. Most of my training has been on the job and the two influential people who have shaped my career have been my (then) immediate boss Mr Atul Bhola from the Hyatt, and Mr Laval Lim Hon from Majorca, Spain
Please tell us a bit about your journey of starting your own company and your vision behind the project
This was a pub and beverage consultancy company that I started as freelancer way back in April 2000 after I left the hotel. There has been no looking back after that. I launched a mixology school in Sept 2003, and the beverage consultancy service under the same banner in 2005. We have been instrumental in conducting training programs for hotel professionals, pubs and restaurants and extending our expertise to the beverage industry since then. The vision of project was to deliver the finest beverage experiences to all its patrons and partners in every sense. I would also like it to become one of the finest pubs and feature in the world’s best list sometime soon
How do you think the Schweppes Mixology workshops will help budding mixologists and beverage managers realise their dream of pursuing a career in the field?
Training has always helped every professional in upgrading the skills of themselves and the profession. Mixology is a hands-on job and also requires tremendous amount of exposure, and this can only be best delivered through various experiential workshops like the Schweppes Mixology Workshop. It is indeed a great initiative by Schweppes to undertake such responsibility and help mixologists them upgrade their skills and for their overall career development
What is the most interesting beverage you’ve made using a Schweppes product? Why is it your favourite?
My signature beverage called ‘Foghorn’ - a twist to the classic, using Schweppes Ginger Ale is something that I love and is highly appreciated by our patrons at the pub.
They say mixologists hear some of the most fascinating stories from customers! Tell us about some of the most interesting bar stories you have heard from the old days!
More than the stories it's the secrets! Only the mixologist knows that the lady that just walked in with the gentleman is his girlfriend, and the one who came with him last evening happens to be his wife! Such is the beauty of this profession!