Yangdup Lama

Mixologist, Entrepreneur and Author who heads Cocktails & Dreams/Thirsty Three Hospitality. With over 20 years of beverage experience I extend bar and beverage consultancy services and training to beverage professionals, liquor companies and consumers on different forms of alcoholic beverages, appreciation and usage. I also run Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy (one of India’s first Speakeasy Style Bars) in Gurgaon.

Yangdup is currently the American Whiskey Brand Ambassador in India for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). He is also the India Attache to Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans.

Winner of several awards, I was adjudged Indian Bartender of the Year in 1996, and received the Asia-Pacific 30 under 30 Award in 1997. I was featured as a “YOUNG TURK” CNBC TV18 in January 2007.

I was involved with United Spirits India (flavor development and activation for Vladivar), PepsiCo India (designing drinks for their existing brand port folio, Tropicana, CSD range and Key Accounts) and Angostura Aromatic Bitters (Cocktail training for Bartenders).

I have been involved with Pernod Ricard, India since 2008 and have been managing bars for all the brand parties (Chivas Studio, Absolut Art) and undertaking training programs for bartenders of key accounts and help develop signature cocktails for all their focus brands.

I authored my first cocktail book “Cocktails & Dreams” by Wisdom Tree in 2014 that features 50 cocktails including 25 of my signature cocktails with regional flavors.

Originally from Darjeeling, I prefer the second flush from the region to any other brew.