When sitting at a bar in the Caribbean, it’s kinda great to chat with a bartender who’s from the region. Eric Turner at Margaritaville Resort fits the bill nicely. This month’s mixologist originally hails from Jamaica, but has been living and working in the Cayman Islands for the past nine years.
Eric says that he knew he’d be working in the tourism industry from a young age. “From when I was in high school, I had a passion for tourism. I liked meeting people and so I knew it would be a good fit for me.”
In 2008, he moved to the Cayman Islands to work at a popular waterfront bar as a server. It wasn’t long before he graduated to the position of bartender, where he remained until he joined the staff at the new Margaritaville Resort in Dec. 2016.
The resort has been fitted out with a brand new restaurant – YARA Global Steakhouse – and the welcoming lobby bar, License to Chill. One of the most popular hotspots on location is the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar, right next to the huge swimming pool. Guests of the resort and locals gather for drinks and a taste of the good life, Jimmy Buffett-style, where every hour feels like happy hour.
Of course, if you’re going to get a beverage at Margaritaville Resort, you should probably order high-end ingredients, like Margaritaville Tequila. “It’s a really smooth tequila,” says Eric. “It goes down easy and really mixes well to make quality cocktails.”
When asked why he likes working at the Margaritaville Resort, Eric replies, “It’s not just a job – it’s like a family here,” he enthuses. “There’s a great atmosphere; I look forward to seeing my coworkers every day. It’s a really friendly place.”
So, the next time you feel like a change in latitude and attitude, stop by to see Eric Turner at one of Margaritaville Resort’s welcoming bars. He’s got just the drink to put you in a Caribbean state of mind.
- 1 ounce Margaritaville Silver Tequila
- 1 ounce Margaritaville Gold Tequila
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 ounce margarita mix
- 2 freshly squeezed limes
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Rim a margarita glass with salt and add fresh ice. Strain shaker into the glass. Add lime wedge for garnish.