She did just that and travelled to Thailand where she went to bartending school (a no brainer for her to try it there rather than at home in Amsterdam).
Since then she has worked at Amsterdam Art’otel, Flying Dutchmen Cocktails and Mr Lyan’s Super Lyan Amsterdam, where she was part of the opening team and remains a key member of the bar team today.
When did that Eureka moment happen when you realized your mission is to be a bartender?
I want to keep improving myself in this craft.
I quit my second job and decided to just focus on bartending. Everyone was so supportive and I thought to myself “okay I’m not going to the army after all”.
What are the TOP 5 skills every bartender should have?
Which cocktail is the biggest pain in the ass to make, pardon our French?
Also if you have to make a tonne of ice cream based or creamy drinks and you’re in the weeds… that’s tough. It’s all about timing. On a Monday afternoon when it’s quieter I’m more than happy to make an amazing Ramos Gin Fizz.
And which cocktail is your version of heaven?
Which drink or cocktail would you say is way underrated? (And a tricky followup: Which one is the most overrated?)
You come home, slide into something comfortable, and throw yourself on the couch. What's in your glass?
What are the five essential ingredients every booze lover should have in their home bar?
Which booze is the most versatile?
You also have Malt Genever, and Corn Wine Genever, that goes towards Whisky almost. Genever is the missing link between Whisky and Gin, it’s great as it isn’t always dry like Gin. For sure it’s the most versatile Spirit in the world and it is actually super underrated.
Everyone talks about Gin the whole time and forgets how beautiful Genever is. You can’t replace your Whisky with a Gin but you can replace it with a Malt Wine Genever. You can use it in so many different ways and it has so many different flavours.
Is there a favorite life hack you learned at your job?
What's the craziest anecdote you're willing to share with us?
What are your passions outside the world of Spirits?
What would you be doing if you weren't a bartender?
Tell us what's your favorite tool of the trade and why.
Fast-forward five years. Where do you see yourself?
I hope that I can work in Bangkok or Singapore, somewhere in South East Asia perhaps, at an amazing bar. I want to keep improving myself in this craft. There’s a lot I want to do!
A Genie tells you to pick someone to fix a drink for; dead or alive, real or fictional. Who would it be?
We have a non-alcoholic Zombie my colleague is making, I’m playing around with a few ideas, and we are really trying to make sure that someone who doesn’t drink alcohol has a similar experience to someone who does at Super Lyan.