Cayman Cocktail Week officially kicks off this weekend, and what better way to start the proceedings than with an oyster and Champagne shucking party?

Icoa in Seven Mile Shops is once again bringing the Blue Points and their friends to lucky customers on Saturday, along with bottles of Taittinger and delicious cocktails. The menu is a la carte, but there are some great packages to buy such as a bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve served with 12 oysters of your choice, saltines, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, mignonette and grated horseradish.

Cocktails are nicely priced, starting at $10, featuring top shelf gins, rums, tequilas and whiskys. Maybe treat yourself to a French Maid consisting of Hennessey Cognac, ginger wort, lime juice, simple syrup, Velvet Falernum, cucumber and mint; or how about a Green Thumb, fashioned from Havana Club 3 Y.O., lime juice, St. Germain, green juice, simple syrup, Matcha tea powder and cucumber?

The key here is to pace yourself, as the oyster bar will be something to behold. You don’t have to be stuck to a half-dozen or dozen of just one type. Pick and choose from nine varieties, all at $3.50 apiece.

The majority hail from Canada, with Kumamoto from British Columbia and Salt Aire, Canada Cup, Rocky Shore, Shiny Sea and Raspberry Point from Prince Edward Island. Then there are Umami from Rhode Island, and Malagash and Blue Point from New York. All are served with saltines and sauces, everything you need to really indulge.

Now, the above being said, not everyone is a fan of oysters. It’s not necessarily the flavor, it’s the texture. Luckily, those who fall into that category can still come along to the shucking party.

There are steamed buns on the menu, hearty soups, sashimi, scallops, nigiri and beef carpaccio, along with crab cakes, lobster rolls (to die for!) veal and salads.

Got a big appetite? Then order yourself a mess o’ Alaskan king crab legs with clarified butter, perfect for dipping, or a heapin’ helpin’ of mussels and fries.

Of course, you can’t leave without sampling a mason jar dessert. Icoa is famous for its cakes and pastries, so it would be criminal to leave the final course behind. They will be serving up everything from red velvet cake to carrot cake and lemon custard. A sweet for every sweet tooth.

The shucking party starts at 5 p.m. so even if you have plans later in the evening, you can still stop by for an oyster or three. Reserve a table or a seat at the Champagne cocktail bar; that way, you won’t have stretch as far.

If the previous shucking parties are anything to go by, reservations will probably fill up quickly, so call now to get your spot before they’re all gone!

Call 945-1915 for reservations or email [email protected]

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