Scheduled: Cocktail Week events

Icoa will be hosting a Cape Cod-style oysters and cocktail evening on Oct. 23, while those who prefer something stronger may flock to Casa 43’s Tequila Tasting event the following evening (Oct. 24) where they can also savor some of the restaurant’s delectable tapas.

Attendees will be able to roll up their sleeves and get involved at Craft’s ‘Craft your Own Ketel One Caesar/Bloody Mary Bar’ from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 24 and 25. It’s a great opportunity to get some much needed vitamins!

There is also the option of a cocktail-filled brunch at Karoo on the 25th, or a guided cocktail tour on the 26th may appeal to others.

Some cocktail enthusiasts may prefer a more educational experience, so the week also caters to them. For gin lovers, a gin workshop will be held at South West Collective on Oct. 27 for small groups, and a limited seating event will also take place at Kaibo Upstairs on Oct. 30, with Appleton Estate’s Master Blender Joy Spence in attendance for an evening of cocktails, tastings and canapés. Tickets for this are $199 and boat transfers from Camana Bay are available.

The highlight of the week is the Ernest Hemingway-themed cocktail dinner at Agua Restaurant and Lounge on Oct. 28. “This is our 3rd year doing this event and it’s always pretty spectacular,” says Jo. “It’s a mixture of out-there experimental cocktails and more user-friendly ones, all paired with a five course dinner.”

Most of this year’s events will be ticketed, but Ortanique will be holding an open special from 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 23 to 30, offering $10 cocktails and specialty bites. Customers can also take advantage of Cuban cigars for $5.

After a week of shaking and stirring, attendees are sure to leave Cocktail Week 2015 itching to dust off their own martini measures and mint muddlers, and continue the party in their own homes.

More information on events, such as times and prices, can be found on the Cayman Cocktail Week Facebook page, and tickets can be purchased at the venues.