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Otis Florence invades Jamaica

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Florence has the full attention of the Iberostar bartenders during his training session at the hotel last week. - Contributed Photo
SKYY Vodka International Mixologist Otis Florence (left) shares lens time with Macau Bar Manager Brandon Ferguson as he enjoys a Mango Smash cocktail. - Contributed Photo
Philipp Hofer (left), director of operations at Iberostar, welcomes Otis Florence before his training session with bartenders at the hotel last week Thursday. - Contributed Photo

It was a whirlwind of activities when SKYY Vodka's International mixologist Otis Florence landed in Jamaica last weekend.

Invited to the island by J. Wray & Nephew Limited in an effort to enhance and elevate the bartending experience across the island, part of his trip was conducting several sessions in Kingston and Montego Bay, with a particular focus on 'craft bartending'.

Florence also created several new and simple cocktails, including the 'Dominica Drive' and 'Button Down', incorporating SKYY Vodka's Infusion Flavours, which include the new SKYY Moscato Grape, SKYY Raspberry and SKYY Passion Fruit.

Jamaican nightlife

He also had a chance to experience the Jamaican nightlife at Pier One, Fiction Fantasy and Ultra's third anniversary, where patrons enjoyed complimentary SKYY Infusion cocktails mixed to perfection.

For the last hooray to end his trip, Florence hosted a Bartender Lyme at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records in the Market Place on Constant Spring Road, where bartenders and bar managers had an opportunity to mix and mingle and exchange cocktail recipes with him.