Bloody Sunday for a good cause

It was Sunday Bloody Sunday in the name of charity at The Attic bar on Seven Mile Beach at the weekend.

Bar tenders from all over the island were competing in a hot cocktail contest.

In what is believed to be the first competition of its kind in Cayman, they vied to outdo each other to make the best Bloody Caesar – the Canadian equivalent of a Bloody Mary.

And it was all for a good cause as each bar tender auctioned off a cocktail to raise money for a young waitress who recently became ill.

Daniella who did not wish her surname to be known, is a waitress at Ragazzi Restaurant in Buckingham Square, West Bay Road.

She had a stroke several weeks ago and is in hospital in Miami.

Unfortunately she did not have enough money to pay for her medical expenses and the big-hearted bar tenders decided their charity cocktail contest would be for her benefit.

They raised $1,475, from auctioning their Bloody Caesars, which The Attic matched to bring the total to almost $3,000.

‘It was a great afternoon which also raised money for a very special cause,’ said Mark Haring, general manager of The Attic.

‘I was totally overwhelmed by the generosity of everybody on Sunday and I want to say a thank you to everyone who took part and helped raise money for Daniella.’

‘The history of the Bloody Caesar goes back to 1969 in Calgary, Canada,’ he explained.

‘A new restaurant called Marcos opened up and the owner asked one of his employees to come up with a signature drink for the place.

‘After three months of experimenting with different recipes and spices he came up with the Bloody Caesar.’
The main ingredients are vodka, Clamato juice (tomato juice with a hint of clams), salt and pepper,.

It is served with a salt rim, over crushed ice and garnished with lime and a celery stick.

‘On Sunday we were getting as creative as possible while maintaining the integrity of the drink,’ said Mark.

The secret is in the bar tender’s own recipe and The Attic imported 100 different garnishes, spices and hot sauces from all over the world for the competition.

This included delicacies such as venison sticks and beef jerky.

Each bar tender made two Caesars, one of which was tasted by the judging panel and the other auctioned off to the audience.

They fetched an average of $150 with one going for as much as $275.

The four celebrity judges were Kathleen Jackman, winner of the recent Star Quest talent contest, Gerard McKinley of Cayman Distributers, Gilbert Nicoletta of the new radio station X107.1, and Renee Brough of Hard Rock Café.