A FEW QUESTIONS TO NIKITA
What do you like in your work?
I think what I like most is to travel around the world, discover new sensations, find new emotions, and then create new, interesting drinks and combinations for my guests and clients. I also like that there are no “walls” in our profession, we can develop ourselves endlessly!
What do you like when creating a new drink?
When creating a new drink, recipe or balance, I often use the geometry technique. The usual set of products is often "square", very flat with sharp corners, tactile not very smooth. The same thing happens with a recipe, if there is just a set of products, the drink is usually not balanced, rough and not shaped. But when we begin to remove the sharp edges, we get a smooth and soft sphere. This happens with the recipe: by removing excess of spice, acidity or sweetness, we get the right cocktail balance !
What’s your vision of the work?
In my opinion, the work of a bartender / barista should be as honest and opened as possible. I often talk about this in my workshops. Not only we are working with drinks or ingredients, the main thing is that we work with real people and their emotions. That is why the most important thing in our profession is to be ourselves.
What I like about the modern bartender/barista is that they are young, ambitious and very elegant professionals. By developing their social networks and bringing new equipment in bars, restaurants, or cafes, it allows to develop professional skills very quickly. The final result of this development is the gratitude of our guests.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration for creating a new drink or a new combination absolutely everywhere. In the nature, cooking, drawing, music, cultural codes of different countries. Everything mentioned brings emotions. More recently, I’ve been observing chefs’ techniques and then try to apply them while creating drinks.