Cheers to Cayman Cocktail Week!

Pirates and wenches might have to wait three weeks longer to invade Grand Cayman, now that Pirates Week has moved to mid-November, but that doesn’t mean the last week of October isn’t full of fun and excitement since the establishment of Cayman Cocktail Week. 

After a successful inaugural event in 2013, Cayman Cocktail Week is back this year with even more imaginative events that are aimed at celebrating the resurgence of craft cocktails and showcasing the talents of local bartenders. 

“Cocktails are very fashionable these days,” said Jacques Scott’s Jo Austin. “The trends in cocktails are very elaborate and bartenders are almost like mad scientists in the way they’re trying to ‘wow’ people with new things.” 

Cayman Cocktail Week will include events, tastings and happy hours, some ticketed, some not. In addition, 16 different bars will offer cocktail specials for the duration of the event. 

The first event, called “Shaken, Not Stirred,” will take place at Grand Old House on Friday, Oct. 24, and will feature cocktails, canapés and live music by the outdoor “On the Rocks” bar.  

It will also serve as a fundraiser to help Derek Haines reach his goal of raising $1 million for Cayman HospiceCare. 

“The tickets are $75 and $50 of each ticket will go to HospiceCare,” said Ms. Austin. “We’re hoping that by having such a high percentage of the ticket price going to charity, it will encourage more people to attend.” 

One of the most successful events from last year’s Cayman Cocktail Week was the cocktail dinner at Agua Restaurant and Lounge. This year’s “Ciao Bella Italian Cocktail Dinner” at Agua on Wednesday, Oct. 29, promises to be even better, Ms. Austin said.  

Agua’s bartender Simon Crompton, who won the Cayman portion of the 2013 Diageo Reserve World Class Cocktail Competition and is known as one of the island’s best bartenders, will be leaving Cayman soon after this event. 

“This will be Simon’s last big cocktail event before he leaves Agua,” said Ms. Austin. “He says he’s going to pull out all of the stops, so he’ll be trying some new things.” 

On Thursday, Oct. 30, Kaibo Upstairs will host a “Secret Rum Tasting Society” event that will feature tastings of rum led by Zacapa Rum global ambassador Rebecca Quinonez. 

“It will be a really cool event,” said Ms. Austin. “They will all be super high-end rums and there will be bites served all night long.” 

Tickets for that event are $75 and include return boat transportation from Camana Bay. 

Other events during the week include a “Fabulous Garden Party” at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 25; a “Roaring 20s Speakeasy” at Barolo Lounge on Saturday evening, Oct. 25; a screening of the film “Cocktail” by the Royal Palms pool, which will also feature a flair bartenders competition; “Shocktails and Screams” at Abacus and Karoo for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31; and “Cheeky Tiki,” a pig roast with Tiki-inspired cocktails at the new South West Collective in George Town. 


Diageo brand ambassador Paolo Figuereido pours some classic cocktails during the 2013 Cayman Cocktail Week event at Agua Restaurant & Lounge.


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