Mixologist Of The Month - Imants Zusmanis

Imants' Bio.

Date of birth: 17th September 1986.

Birth place: Latvia.

Height: 1.78 m

Eye colour: Brown.

Nationality: Latvian.

Imants studied hospitality management in Latvia and after graduating he started as a junior bartender in a cocktail bar in Riga. This was where his first own cocktail creations were born.

He worked as a bartender/ mixologist for nearly 8 years, and gained his experience when travelling the world. After spending over six years living abroad, he learned how different cultures, enjoy completely different drinks choices.
Awards, accolades, trophies.
Runner up in GVine gin competition "London Heath" 2012.
Winer of "Alize" liquor cocktail competition in Cyprus 2009 and 2011.
Lots of Flair competitions.

What do you as a mixologist think about beer?
Well beer is one of my favourite drinks for relaxing. It is very important that the beer is not pasteurized so that all the flavours remain. My favourite at the moment is Saint beer which is made in England.

If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be?
I started by experimenting. So don't be afraid to fail and try new things, follow your intuition. There are no limits to what you can achieve. All is possible, even if it seems crazy.

What's your process for creating a new cocktail?
I think my way is quite strange. Before putting ingredients in the mixing glass, I smell them. My colleges often watch me walking around with some sort of fruit in my hands all day long before I use it.

What is your favourite cocktail to drink? To make?
I am quit particular about cocktails what I am drinking. All time favourite is old fashioned. I love to make it and enjoy drinking it.

What are some current trends you've seen in the cocktail market?
Lately in the industry, I have seen the return of prohibition time cocktails. Strong on flavours and simple by nature.

Your hangover cure?
Bloody Mary.

First drink you ever tried?

We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?

£10m comes to you. What do you do next?
My own bar, small lower ground level place with limited seating cocktails and live Jazz.

Bar or cellar at home?
Can I have both! I love wine so this choice is hard for me?

Favourite beer?


Jim Beam Black.

Old fashioned.

Fav Bar?
The one I am working in.

Coq d'argent.

World location?

Fav film?
Cocktail with Tom Cruise.

Jack London - "Call of The Wild".

Album? Singer/band?
Depends of mood.

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