Do you have a preferred mixer / soft drink / non-alcoholic option and why?
Water baby! Cos it’s ice and... no need to explain ultimate thirst quencher
What's your favourite food to pair with drinks?
How did you get into the drinks industry?
What do you love most about your job?
The people I cross paths with make it for me! So many different characters every bloody day on both sides of the bar.
And the worst bits?
The hangover - but I guess if you do the crime you do the time.
If you could share a cocktail with anyone who would it be and why?
It would be my brother Simon Nicolian. I miss drinking with him a lot! It’s been too long.
Do you have any recommended reads for booze lovers?
Cleo Roccos - The Power of Positive Drinking.
What are your Exotic Booze goals?
To make as many people happy as possible!
What advice do you have for aspiring Drinks professionals?
"Drink Less, Drink Better" - and if that path fails you enjoy and embrace the hangover - you might surprise yourself at what can be achieved on an off day.
What's your pet drinks industry hate?
Rude hospitality staff who take their customers for granted.
What's going to be the next big drinks trend?
What have you learnt from lockdown - any positive takeaways?
That the industry community is tight and together in times of crisis. That I can really rely on my team and that if you focus on keeping people happy then anything is possible.
Any other pearls of wisdom or drinks rants?
Shots are rarely a good idea.