The annual celebration of cocktails and the island’s finest mixologists is back and kicks off this month with a whole host of activities, events and delicious drinks. Now in its sixth year, the Cayman Cocktail Week 2018 schedule runs from Oct. 19-26 so there is plenty of time to get involved. Don’t dilly dally getting tickets though, these events are likely to sell out quickly so make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest drinks event of the year.

Known for its industry-focused detail with an overarching element of fun, Cayman Cocktail Week founder and brand manager at Jacques Scott, Jo Austin says, “Expect something for everyone. We run a workshop every year which is a hands-on cocktail experience, we host happy hours, some spectacular dinners, brunches and industry meet and greets.

Whether you’re interested in chatting about barrel aging with some of the top professionals in our industry or just hanging out with friends and sipping a delicious cocktail, we have something you’ll enjoy.”

If you can’t make any of the scheduled events, not to worry! Throughout October, you can stop by any of the 25 participating bars and restaurants to try one of their signature Cayman Cocktail Week cocktails.

This year will also see the introduction of Cocktail Week BINGO. Here are some of the events that have already been announced for the coming celebrations.

Craft Your Own Caesar

The beauty of a Caesar is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Some vodka, Clamato juice, spices, pepper, and you are off to the races. Or you can go bananas with celery sticks, shrimp, onions and even half a lobster if you’re really ambitious. Make your own at Craft F&B Co. or leave it to the experts behind the bar.

Oct. 20
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bar prices
Cocktail Brunch at Catch Restaurant

Sunday Funday has its own Cocktail Week celebration this year. Enjoy unlimited
Appleton Estate and
Aperol Spritz cocktails, as well as bubbles while sampling culinary delights from the kitchen at Catch at this all-inclusive brunch. Contact Catch directly for reservations.

Oct. 21
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$59 + grats per person

‘80s theme Cocktail Tour

This event is Cocktail Week’s most coveted ticket. Already sold out, it promises to transport you back to the time of afros and mullets, with music and movies of the ‘80s for some serious fun and frolic. Dress up for this occasion in your favorite ‘80s throwback and embrace this night of entertainment. Take the party bus to four surprise destinations and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail at each stop. Tickets include four cocktails, bar bites
and transport.

Oct. 22
5:30–9 p.m.
$50

Muddled

This boozy version of U.S. TV show “Chopped” will get the competition going with each contestant receiving a selection of random ingredients with which they must create a delicious cocktail. Come down and cheer on the muddlers at this free event and keep your eyes peeled for a celeb sighting with the appearance of a couple of special guest judges this year. Event will be at Barolo.

Oct. 23

7 p.m.
Free

Cocktail Workshop in The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Studio

In association with Zacapa rum, this will be an insight into all you need to know about this premium spirit from Master Blender, Lorena Vasquez. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and bites while learning about and tasting this divine rum, before putting your newfound knowledge to the test with a bottle-your-own cocktail class to create a 500ml Zacapa 23 cocktail to take home. (This event is presently sold out, but ask about a waiting list.)

Oct. 24
7–9 p.m.
$90 per person