Shake up your social calendar the week of Oct. 24-31 with the celebration of Cayman’s first Cocktail Week.
The events, sponsored by Jacques Scott Wines & Spirits, will provide an opportunity for those unfamiliar with the skills of mixologists to appreciate a professionally mixed cocktail. Those already in the know can simply further indulge their passion for a special mixed drink, perhaps recalling the elegance of times past.
Tastings and demonstrations throughout the week will provide something of interest for everyone, whatever their knowledge of the world of cocktails.
More than 20 bars and restaurants are participating, with many venues – including Grand Old House, Calypso Grill, Blue Cilantro, Ortanique, Deckers, Yoshi’s, Da Fish Shack, Pappagallo, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink, Agua and Luca – offering cocktail specials created by leading distillers from around the world.
The fun kicks off on Oct. 24 with the Punch Bowl event at Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink in Camana Bay, from 7 to 9 p.m. The price of $45 includes a selection of punches to sample and accompanying snacks.
Luca hosts “Gatsby” on Oct. 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing in a Roaring Twenties-themed evening and a chance to “shimmy like your sister Kate”, all for $65. Costumes from the era are encouraged, and there will be prizes for the best outfit.
On Oct. 26, try Hendrick’s High Tea at the Silver Palm Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Traditionally delicate tea sandwiches and scones will be complemented by a variety of cocktails. It’s all very Downton Abbey.
On Oct. 30 the party moves to Agua for the Black and White Movie Cocktail Dinner. A five-course meal will be matched with classic cocktails created by bartender Simon Crompton, who recently placed 11th in the World Class Bartender contest. The event is priced at $85.
Throughout the week, Bon Vivant kitchen accessories store in Camana Bay will host a series of classes that demonstrate how to incorporate liquor, including Tequila, into your cooking.
On Oct. 31, Abacus and Karoo restaurants in Camana Bay will host a non-ticketed Halloween party, featuring a variety of appropriate cocktail specials.
Cayman Cocktail Week is emphasizing the importance of responsible drinking and is pleased to be teaming up with HomeSafe, an island-wide service that provides a driver to get you home in your own car.