When you really want to experience what it’s like to live in the Caribbean, you need to head to a bar or restaurant by the water. Watch the sun go down, see the moon come up, and just bask in the atmosphere.

Andrea Travenzoli, our Mixologist of the Month, has traveled the world, so he knows a thing or two about location, location, location. He also knows his cocktails.

Andrea was born in Genoa, Italy and started working in the service industry at a young age. He left his home country when he was 24 years old and since then, he has found himself in a number of exotic locales. He has worked in Australia, Spain, Tunisia, the U.K., the U.S. and of course, Italy.

In London, for example, he was bartending at the exclusive Shoreditch House, part of a members-only club, and the Jones Family Project. Seems he gravitates towards interesting monikers.

Andrea moved to Cayman two years ago and started working at Agua on the Seven Mile strip in September 2016. He recently transferred to Catch at Morgan’s Harbour and no one can argue with the views he enjoys there.

Catch won multiple awards at the Cayman Edition of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards in 2016, which certainly brings curious foodies to its doors. Fans of a well-made cocktail should now be eager to pull up a chair and sample some of Andrea’s skills. This El Dorado concoction is an excellent place to start.

 

El Classico

  • 1½ ounces El Dorado 12 year
  • 1 ounce Gran Classico Bitter
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • ½ ounce Ancho Reyes chile liqueur
  • ¼ ounce Santa Maria Al Monte
  • 2 drops orange and juniper bitters

Mix all the ingredients together and pour into an old-fashioned glass with an orange zest oil rim and a big ice block. Garnish with a dehydrated and caramelized orange wheel.