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Cocktails With Pate

Cocktails With Pate
Alipate Laveti mixing a cocktail at Onyx Platinum Nightclub. Photos: Maraia Vula
April 23
15:59 2017

People in Fiji would probably wonder what a mixologist is.

Well meet Alipate Laveti, originally from Ono-I-Lau and is a mixologist by profession.

The Onyx Entertainment Ltd (Onyx Bar Fiji and Onyx Platinum Nightclub) manager who will rather show you what a mixologist does than telling you.

A mixologist is a person who is skilled at mixing cocktails and other drinks.

Pate as he is commonly known was born and bred in Savusavu and to travel the world with his mixologist career.

The 22-year-old is the brand ambassador for Fiji Rum Co. under Paradise Beverages.

“I was born and raised in Savusavu and I came over to Suva a couple of years ago but my parents still live there.

“I grew up as a water boy I loved the sea, I did sailing ever since I was six-years-old, now I stopped because of my night life (work).

“I am also into cinematography, videography and photography.”

He said the best moment in his career was when he became a mixologist. The youngest of six siblings has a Facebook page called Cocktails with Pate.

“I studied at the University of the South Pacific and graduated with a diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management and then I went to Savusavu to do my attachment.

“I worked at Hot Springs Hotel, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji and then to Cosmo lounge at Tappoo City for about a year and half.”

“I was still in USP continuing with my studies when I came here worked part time as a bartender, then I started to work my way up the ranks.

“As a bartender, I started mixing up different cocktails and it started picking up. After that I started posting it up online.”

He entered national cocktail competitions and won a couple.

“After I won some national cocktail competitions, Fiji Rum approached me to be there ambassador and mixologist.

“So from then on I have been mixing cocktails for all major Fijian events such as PGA, cocktails for Fiji Airways, Fiji Fashion Week all these cocktails I have been creating for them.

“The mixology industry in Fiji it’s not really a big thing here.  When I was approached to do something about it and it was a challenge and I was proud to be to be the first mixologist in Fiji and the Pacific.”


Advice to young people

“There is always something for someone out there. If you have a dream it’s always good to chase it don’t stop believing, there is always a mountain before the valley.

“Whatever you hope for in life just keep going for it if that’s what you love doing.  No matter the challenges just go for it.”


Future plans

“Since I have taken off with my cocktails with Pate, I started travelling around Fiji that is the Yasawas, Mamanucas and in the north.

“I will see how far this mixologist career will take me because I am planning to travel the world with it.”

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