Interview with Jägermeister
10 oktober 2017
Boom! Here is the interview our manager Rick de Groot did for the @Jägermeister #hubertuscircle including an entertaining video.
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My name is Rick De Groot, I am from Rotterdam and I am 36 years old, born and raised in Holland. I started bartending in 2001 in the same bar I had been a bar back in, but I have been in the hospitality industry since the age of 13. In 2001 I started bartending and making cocktails professionally. I was lucky to be working in a bar where a two-week course in making cocktails and pouring was mandatory. So I learned all the basics right away. I also started with flair bartending the year after. At the moment, I am managing the Breakaway Cafe, which is Rotterdam’s oldest cocktail bar. Along with this I also have a small company that does consulting for cocktail bars and cocktail menus, training and catering. I also host and MC for flair competitions internationally.
2. What do you like about Jägermeister?
Back when I started bartending, I got to know Jägermeister. Of course it started with the shots, but I found the light bitter and herbal taste very interesting. It didn’t take long for me to create some mixed drinks and cocktails with Jägermeister.
3. Describe your dream bar!
To describe my dream bar is difficult, but I have many ideas of what it should look like. Nevertheless the vision is not complete yet.
4. Your perfect cocktail (with Jägermeister)
I recently made a cocktail with Jägermeister Manifest, dry vermouth, lemon, Fernet Branca, and green chartreuse, called Lucky #13. This is my favorite right now. I also like to drink classics like daiquiris, margaritas and corpse revivers.
5. Hubertus Circle: What is it that makes the Hubertus Circle unique? What means the Hubertus Circle to you?
A couple months ago I was asked by the other members of the Dutch Hubertus Circle to join them. Aside from the great team, it is very fun to represent a brand like Jägermeister. When we get together we really notice how much creativity we have and how we can inspire each other.
6. What is your biggest success so far?
My biggest success is that I made myself a name because of my hard work.
7. Your favorite TV show
My favorite TV show is Family Guy.
8. Funniest experience (as a bartender)
There have been so many funny moments! As a bartender you never have a boring day, so it’s hard to pick just one funny moment.
9. Your most embarrassing experience?
My most embarrassing moment was when I got on top of the bar to flair for the first time and I broke a bottle with my first move. Ouch.
10. Who is your bartender idol?
There are many great bartenders that have inspired me, but I am not one to idolize. I do look up to the people who helped me to become the bartender I am today.