The annual celebration of cocktails and the island’s finest mixologists is back and kicks off this month with a whole host of activities, events and delicious drinks. Now in its sixth year, the Cayman Cocktail Week 2018 schedule runs from Oct. 19-26 so there is plenty of time to get involved. Don’t dilly dally getting tickets though, these events are likely to sell out quickly, so make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest drinks event of the year.
Known for its industry-focused detail with an overarching element of fun, Cayman Cocktail Week founder and brand manager at Jacques Scott, Jo Austin says, “Expect something for everyone. We run a workshop every year which is a hands-on cocktail experience, we host happy hours, some spectacular dinners, brunches and industry meet and greets. Whether you’re interested in chatting about barrel aging with some of the top professionals in our industry or just hanging out with friends and sipping a delicious cocktail, we have something you’ll enjoy.”
If you can’t make any of the scheduled events, not to worry! Throughout October, you can stop by any of the 25 participating bars and restaurants to try one of their signature Cayman Cocktail Week cocktails. This year will also see the introduction of Cocktail Week BINGO. Here are some of the events that have already been announced.
Cocktails and Shopping at Carey’s Karma Closet
This year’s schedule of events kicks off with Cocktails and Shopping at Carey’s Karma Closet. Get into the spirit of Cayman Cocktail Week at this free annual event with complimentary cocktails and 10 percent off all purchases on the night.
Carey’s Karma Closet
5 – 7 p.m.
Dinner with Joy and Appleton Estate at Ave
Join the Cayman Cocktail Week team for this exquisite dinner with rum and cocktail pairings featuring Appleton Estate’s Master Blender Joy Spence. Enjoy four courses from the talented chefs at Ave, each paired with a rum taster and a cocktail. Round up with a cheers to this wonderful evening with a glass of Joy Spence’s own blend “Joy,” only available in here in Cayman and at the Appleton Distillery.
Ave @ The Kimpton
$85 per person (grats included)
Sunday Funday has its own Cocktail Week celebration this year. Enjoy unlimited Appleton Estate and Aperol Spritz cocktails as well as bubbles while sampling culinary delights from the kitchen at Catch at this all-inclusive brunch. Contact Catch directly for reservations.
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$59 + grats per person
The Joy of Rum
This industry-only masterclass with Joy Spence, Master Blender at Appleton Estate will be an insightful and educational experience for bartenders and industry employees interested in learning about the Appleton Estate and rum blending. Seating is limited and by RSVP only.
Kimpton Seafire Resort
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
‘80s theme Cocktail Tour
This sell-out event is Cocktail Week’s most coveted ticket. Already sold out, this event promises to transport you back to the time of afros and mullets with music and movies of the Eighties for some serious fun and frolic. Dress up for this occasion in your favorite Eighties throwback and embrace this night of entertainment. Take the party bus to four surprise destinations and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail at each stop. Tickets include four cocktails, bar bites and transport.
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Meet the Master Blender
Join Master Blender Lorena Vasquez of Zacapa Rum for an evening of cocktails, nibbles and rum tasting at this free event hosted at The Westin. Enjoy Zacapa happy hour cocktails and get a free tasting of Zacapa 23 and XO with the Master Blender herself.
The Westin Lobby Bar
5 – 7 p.m.
This boozy version of U.S. TV show ‘Chopped’ will get the competition going with each contestant receiving a selection of random ingredients with which they must create a delicious cocktail. Come down and cheer on the muddlers at this free event and keep your eyes peeled for a celeb sighting with the appearance of a couple of special guest judges this year.
In association with Zacapa rum, this will be an insight into all you need to know about this premium spirit from Master Blender, Lorena Vasquez. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and bites while learning about and tasting this divine rum, before putting your newfound knowledge to the test with a bottle-your-own cocktail class to create a 500ml Zacapa 23 cocktail to take home.
The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Studio
7 – 9 p.m.
$90 per person