Tanisha Richards @ Ragazzi

Ragazzi is a staple on the local restaurant scene. It has a firm following in the resident population and repeat visitors who always make sure to have it on their vacation schedule. The food and ambience are definite draws, and so are the drinks, often made by mixologist Tanisha Richards.

Tanisha hails from Jamaica – Clarendon Parish, to be precise. A self-declared country girl, she moved to Cayman in 2002 and started working at Ragazzi as a bus girl. From there she got more involved in the restaurant, some days taking the position of hostess, and others assisting with the bar.

Thanks to her ability to learn on the job, Tanisha graduated through the ranks to become a fully-fledged bartender and has been mixing fabulous cocktails for her customers for the last 10 years. Being from the Caribbean, she of course loves rum, particularly the Tortuga Twelve Year Old Rum that she describes as being “very smooth and a great blender with mixers.”

When asked what she likes about working at Ragazzi, she says it’s the people she meets from around the world. “Each day is different,” she says. “I love chatting with customers from other countries and learning about their culture. It’s wonderful to learn on the job.”

She also states that her bosses are really nice, so why would she have any reason to leave?

There is no doubt that Ragazzi’s delicious food, including authentic brick oven pizza, brings diners to its doors on a daily basis, but Tanisha’s drinks and her sunny personality don’t hurt either. Stop by and chat with her sometime and take a sip of one of her marvelous mixology creations.

Tropical Punch

  • 2 ounces Tortuga Twelve Year Old
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • ½ ounce melon liqueur
  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • Splash of passion fruit puree

Fill a tall glass with ice then start building with the Tortuga rum, coconut rum, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and passion fruit puree. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.