Question 5 // What is a 'Cocktail Consultant'? (feat. Nick Kosevich)
Nick Kosevich (@nickkosevich) is an international 'Cocktail Consultant', a world class bartender and the co-founder of Bittercube Bitters. Even though Bittercube can be found at every bar I’ve been to in the Twin Cities, I took notice when I met a bartender in Louisiana raving about them years ago while on the road with music. I decided to sit down with Nick to find out how his journey took him from wanting to be an actor/stand-up comedian to being a successful entrepreneur and international cocktail judge and to figure out what I can learn from his career in cocktails and apply it to mine in the world of music.
In this episode:
-Our good friends Jorge and Janelle Figueroa join Sarah and I at the dining room table for cocktails, wine, beer and end up talking about the importance of 'Staying Curious' as we get older.
-I give a call to this week's Guinness Giveaway winner (Clark Strasburg) at the end of the episode
-I end up making the best 'Sour' Cocktail of my life thanks to Bittercube's help.
In my interview with Nick we talk about:
- Why Nick prefers not to be called a mixologist
- What is a Cocktail Consultant?
- Balancing being a good parent and being on the road for work
- How is bartending alot like being a musician?
- How to stay humble while still having confidence (“bartender bravado”)
- The misconceptions of ‘pre-mixed’ cocktails
- The awesomeness of the hit tv show 'Cheers'
- Not trying to be a ‘Trend Setter’ but focusing on constantly being 'Forward Thinking'
- The importance of confidence
- How Bittercube Bitters got started
- Even though it looks like people are successful overnight... that’s not how it works
- Not worring about the competition, follow your own goals, run your own race <- (Shameless OPRAH quote)
- Advice how YOU can upgrade your home cocktail game
Recording Location: ALMA Cafe, Northeast Minneapolis
Drinks: Bloody Marys and Coffee
Connect with Nick: Social Media - @nickkosevich | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m so thankful that I don’t have to deal with sponsors.
Otherwise, I would have to tell you to visit Guinness’ website HERE Otherwise, I’d be inclined to tell you that Guinness Draft (with it’s distinctive dark amber body and rich creamy head) is possibly God’s greatest gift to mankind and is the sole reason I’m thankful for being alive after it’s birth in 1759.
I’d also have to recommend that you to hire Narrate Films for your next video/film/music-video/photo booth/wedding photography/any photography needs and to visit their website HERE.
Whew… so thankful I don’t need to deal with that crap. I’d feel so dirty having to tell you that this episode was sponsored by Bittercube Bitters (founded by Nicholas Kosevich and Ira Koplowitz in 2009 and distributed in more than 25 states around the country) NO WAY IN HELL am I going to tell you that Bittercube has been featured in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food, Playboy, Imbibe Magazine, Timeout, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, GO – AirTran Inflight Magazine, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, NPR, and Daily Candy, among other publications.
Bittercube Bitters Giveaway
I've partnered with Bittercube to give away the bitters variety packs that we talked about in this episode. These retail at $54.00 and can be found online at www.bittercube.com or at most 'respectable retailers'
Thanks to Jorge (In the intro) we've decided to break these down to the individual bitters so that instead of 2 winners over the next couple weeks, we can get these in the hands of 12 of you! Just head over to iTunes, Rate & Comment and the winners will be announced next week.
Note: I've attached below the cocktail guide that comes in the variety pack for anyone interested in honing in their home cocktail game. ENJOY! -rob