Sun | Feb 25, 2018

Mixing magic - Cayman wine and spirits sparkle at mixology

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLatara Boodie/Gleaner Writer
Chef Mark Lea giving a demonstrating how to prepare Cocnh Ceviche at the Taste of Cayman Food and Drink festival 2018 celebrating it's 30th anniversary at Camana Bay Grand Cayman.
Eric Simodona carefully measures each ingredient as he prepares to serve the judges his concoction.
Co-founder of Cayman Spirits Co, Walker Romanica, shows off bottles of Cayman Spirits.
Alex Madden puts on a show as he mixes his signature cocktail to win over the judges.
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The recent Taste of Cayman held in Camana Bay, Cayman Islands, saw a variety of culinary activities that created an exciting gastronomical experience. One of those experiences involved The Seven Fathoms Rum Challenge mixology competition. This featured mixologists from around the world competing to determine the Taste of Cayman Mixologist of the Year.

"We have persons that are flying in from different countries to participate in the competition. Some are coming from the United States and different parts of Europe," said Julie Allan, chairman of Taste of Cayman and general manager of Rackam's Waterfront Bar and Grill.

Cayman Spirits is the only distillery in the Cayman Islands that makes the Cayman rum.

"This competition is a great opportunity for us to keep in touch with our customers and get a chance to showcase our rums," noted co-founder of Cayman Spirits Co, Walker Romanica.

Before the Seven Fathoms Rum Challenge, there was a series of competitions in London, New York and Miami to select the finalists. Ensor Yusseff of the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa was crowned championed with his Fragi Pani cocktail, made with Seven Fathoms Rum, pumpkin cordial, apricot and hazelnut liqueur and Angostura bitters.

"I worked really hard to come out on top in the competition.

I had to get very creative and do things to wow the judges. This was an amazing experience for me," said Yusseff as he collected his prize.

latara.boodie@gleanerjm.com