21 Nov Bartender: Jean-Félix Desfossés
Bartender of the Month: October 2016
We sat down with Quebec City bartender and Bittered Sling “Bitterbabe” Jean-Félix Desfossés to discuss Star Wars, the guest experience and desert islands, read on here:
BS – How long have you been Bartending?
JFD – A little more than 3 years
BS – Where are you currently working?
JFD – Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec City, QC, Canada
BS – When did you have alcohol for the first time?
JFD – A long time ago! I was on vacation in Florida with my parents, they toasted with champagne and gave me a little sip! I must have been just 3 or 4 years old at the time, but I remember it vividly
BS – On a desert island, what are your must-have spirited ingredients? Pick only 3.
JFD – Gin, Rum, Champagne
BS – You’re walking the Green Mile – what’s your finale meal and beverage pairing?
JFD – Bolognese and Red Wine
BS – What is the most important rule you enforce in your bar?
JFD – Guests first! Always do the impossible to make your guest happy!
BS – Favourite bar (anywhere) for a drink? Who’s making it?
JFD – My home bar with my girlfriend, Mademoizelle Sefra, making me a Daiquiri
BS – What movie best describes your dream bar?
JFD – Les intouchables (french movie about friendship) That’s how would be my dream bar, ran by sincere friends, loyal and happy!
BS – One place in the world you would love to visit?
JFD – Right now I’m impatient to visit London but honestly, I wish I’ll have the chance to visit every single parcel of this planet.
BS – One non-cocktail book you’re in love with?
JFD – The Food bible…
BS – How do you describe your bartending style in 3 words?
JFD – Friendly, tidy, boozy
BS – Most unusual drink request?
JFD – Vodka, coffee liqueur, milk and coke
BS – If you could be any Star Trek or Star Wars character, who would it be and why?
JFD – I watched a Star Wars movie for the first time in a plane this year. But my girlfriend says R2D2 cause he’s loyal
BS – What was your dream job when you were 10 years old?
JFD – Archeologist, dinosaurs were always my thing
BS – Free-pour or measured?
JFD – Measured
BS – If your shifts behind the bar had a theme song, what would it be?
JFD – Escape (The Pina colada song)
BS – The best piece of advice to give a young bartender?
JFD – When you’re in front of costumers, keep it simple until you master the basics. Keep your creativity up by going crazy with experiments in your home bar
BS – Greatest moment in the bartending industry?
JFD – The exact moment when the combination of Rum, Lime and Sugar was discovered.
BS – Favourite Bittered Sling flavour and why?
JFD – Kensington Bitters, because “aromatic bitters” is the type of bitters you’ll find most frequently in classic recipes. The Kensington expression is a great alternative to the classic Angostura aromatic bitters, and gives a great bite to every cocktails.
BS – Your favourite cocktail to drink, and why?
JFD – The Mai Tai is my favorite cocktail right now! In this updated cocktail recipe the “Couch Surfer”, I included a little bit of inspiration from the “Fog Cutter” cocktail too, by using different spirits, and I also made a special Orgeat syrup with popcorn and almonds.
For the full Couch Surfer cocktail by Jean-Félix Desfossés, click here