Mixologist Interview: Benu Kundra

Mixologist Interview: Benu Kundra

If you've been to the Brew Bistro and Lounge Rooftop in Westlands or Brew Bistro on Ngong Road, no doubt you've caught a glimpse of Benu Kundra- Head Mixologist. In fact he's not one to miss because the charisma he exudes behind the bar as he is preparing your favorite cocktail is one of a kind. Also, he is easy on the eyes *wink

Such skills and talent have not gone unnoticed, and Benu has made himself a household name among the nightlife kings. He has taken part in several mixology contents and emerged top of the crop.

In the recently concluded Diageo World Class Competition 2016, he managed to scoop 2nd position in the whole of Kenya, proving that he is a force to reckon with.

But what drives such passion? Barskenya spoke to Benu himself. Check out what he had to say!

How long have you been tending bar?

I have been tending bar for the last eight years.

What’s it like being a mixologist? How does one go from being a bartender, to being a mixologist?

Mixologist is creating own recipes behind the bar. It needs passion to become a mixologist from a bartender.

How did you get started in mixology? Did you have some kind of formal training, or had you just been a bartender for a while?

I started college in New Delhi, the college being IBOM and started working as a bartender in 2008.

For you, what is the best part about tending bar?

I enjoy tending bar because once you have passion, it is fun and you are able to socialize with different people from different cultural backgrounds.

What’s your favorite drink?

My favorite drink of all time is DS2016, a coffee based cocktail.

What is most challenging about what you do?

Being a Mixologist, is very challenging. We don’t have time for personal life to an extent of not meeting families and friends at a round table. You dedicate most of your time behind the bar.

What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

Although being passionate about the job, most people think it is fun loving and enjoyable but it has it’s own intricacies

You’ve created many of your own cocktails over the years. Can you tell us about some of the famous ones and where you get your inspiration when getting behind the bar?

My most favorite cocktails are three,

Isclay of Smoke….drink made from whisky and egg white.

Blessings….this is made from fresh roses and anise.

Satisfaction……made from cherry and smoky whisky.

The ultimate tip on how to party like a boss?

The drinking tips for the drunkees would be always take a lot of water after partying.

And just before we go, here's a clip of Benu mixing it up...the talent is real people!