Featured Grand Cayman Bartenders for 2015

Best Bartenders 2015
Featured here are some of the hottest bartenders from Grand Cayman bars for 2015. Read on and learn some interesting facts about them and read their full interviews. Next time you see them in one of Cayman Islands bars, you will be able to surprise them with your inside knowledge!


Miguel Jorquera - Blue Cilantro

What's your Hangover Cure?
More than a cure, I like the idea of preventing an awful hangover! Eat a few bananas (they are full of potassium) and of course, drink lots of water. Soda water with a dash of Angostura Bitters can calm an upset stomach as well.


What’s your signature cocktail ?

Pisco sour, traditional Chilean and Peruvian aperitive,Pisco based,spirit obtain  frome Muscate grapes  and mixed with lime juice, sugar, egg white and angostura bitters is not doubth my new speciallity at Blue Cilantro I fusioned with local Mango and Scothbonnet pepper syrup it blends very well with the flavours of our cuisine.


What brought you to Cayman and what made you stay longer than you had intended? 

The cruise industry brought me to Cayman my fist time back in 2003 and I was amazed with the beauty and the peaceful rhythm of local and tourists. I also loved the feeling of safety you have here - it's like no other island on the caribbean.

Then last year I got the fantastic opportunity to work with Chef Shetty at his restaurant so I decided to establish myself in the Cayman Islands.

Best resolution in years!


Funniest Bartending Experience? 

During the Monaco Grand Prix, the Ferrari Team chartered the Seabourn Legend cruiseship and dock as a floating hotel.The opening Gala night Surprise artist was Boy George and at the end of the night came to my counter and ask for a bottle of the best tequila of the house. Long story short, we all ended up drinking and doing shots at the pantry bar till wee hours! Posting pictures in all the social media outlets! Hilarious!


Have you every spotted a celebrity at your bar?   

At the same charter cruise, I had the opportunity to serve Will Smith and Fernando Alonso, F1 driver from Ferrari team. Mr. Alonso and I chatted in spanish, and I recommended to him a Special Lemon Drop Martini. Of course, 10 minutes later, the rest of the party want to try same cocktail! So Lemon Drop was the drink of the night! Great experience and Mr. Alonso is an excellent gentleman. 




Seggy - Rum Point Club

What's your Hangover Cure?
Drink responsibly and don't drink too much at night! To cure hangovers, I have a drink I recommend called Chapman - it's basically a fresh lime soda with agostura bitters. 'Bitters' is a botanically infused alcoholic mixture made with water, herbs and spices from Trinidad and Tobago.


What’s your signature cocktail ?

My Tarragon Spring Martini - it won the 2012 Cayman Bartender Challenge. It consists of fresh tarragon, apricot juice, St. Germaine (which is elderflower liquer, fresh lime juice and Appleton rum), topped with a foam consisting of elderflower liqueur, sugar, lemon juice and egg white.


What brought you to Cayman and what made you stay longer than you had intended? 

A friend of mine (when we used to work together in Dubai) moved here and invited me join his team when he worked at The Reef resort. Working at The Reef was my first introduction to this island and I was amazed at the lovely beaches and beauty of the place. I was so used to Dubai being a busy city with tall buildings - Cayman is simple and pure beaches.


Funniest Bartending Experience 

I was in the World Class bartending finals... the last stage of the competition... where you make six drinks in 8 minutes. It's very tense competition! I was in the middle of performing, finalising the drinks, the base of one of the glasses just fell right off! The liquid just started spilling out everywhere - all over the bar, on the ground, everywhere. I was shocked and everyone was hilariously laughing!

Have you every spotted a celebrity at your bar?   
Oh yes! It was quite common in Dubai and I've served a couple here also - Hollywood actors, Bollywood stars NBA players.. Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Soccer player Thierry Henry, Wayne Rooney, Michael Jordan... too many to mention!

Tina Mercado - Edoardos

What's your Hangover Cure?
I would have to the say the traditional Peruvian hangover cure which consists of Ceviche with a delicious Pisco Sour... always keeps me fresh. 


What’s your signature cocktail ?

"Bittered Sling Brandy" fig infused brandy, chocolate bitter, fresh orange peel, cream de cacao. People always love it


What brought you to Cayman and what made you stay longer than you had intended? 

I came for one months vacation to visit my boyfriend.. and 11 years later, here I am. I fell in love with this paradise.

Funniest Bartending Experience 

As Barolo is owned by an Irish man, in 2011 we hosted the Irish Gaelic Football champion team and being Irish, they lived up to the stereotype by having a great ole drunken time in our bar!.

Mike - Michael's Genuine

What's your Hangover Cure?
Drink loads of water! Ice cold for me. 


What’s your signature cocktail ?

Living in Cayman offers a lot of good local rum. Since our restaurant is highly focused on local ingredients, our Barrel Aged Rum Old Fashioned will always be one of my favorites.


What brought you to Cayman and what made you stay longer than you had intended? 

I was looking for a new place, new adventure, something new back in 2010. My brother-in-law helped me apply for the job and the rest is history. My initial plan was just 2 years and then go back home and to the same job. I am now on my 4th year and am still enjoying Cayman, especially how simple and laid back life can be sometimes. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied.

Funniest Bartending Experience 

I was just probably bartending for a couple of months then. I was busy at the bar and tried to entertain all my guests. Three guests walked in and joined the crowd. The lady ordered a Sauvignon Blanc. One guy ordered a rum and Coke while the other ordered a coke and an espresso. After I made it and served the drinks, the guy with the Coke and espresso laughed at me. "Why?" I asked. He said, I wanted a coke and a shot of espresso on the side... not in the same glass. I smiled because in my mind I was thinking that he had ordered a virgin Kahlua and coke!

Have you ever spotted a celebrity at your bar?

Not yet. They are the same as us - Humans. However, the only celebrity I'm preoccupied with making sure he feels taken care of is our owner: Chef Michael Schwartz. When he sits at the bar it is game on! He is more than a star!

Alexandra - Osetra Bay

What's your Hangover Cure?
Well, I try to stay away from drinks that have sugar in them (this is generally the main reason for hangovers apart from dehydration), but when those unplanned rockstar parties happen, Berocca in water and a litre of milk gives me the energy to even think about getting out of bed. Berocca is incredible, it's like a cross between Alka-Seltzer and Emergen-C; two great components to help you look and feel radiant - It's like you didn't even go drinking the night before. 


What’s your signature cocktail ?

The ladies (and sometimes even the guys!) love this one: Cotton Candy Martini. It's not only a completely different cocktail to the ones we're used to, but incorporating the vodka and lemon infused watermelon that gets poured over the cotten candy, the display is always a winner! And of course, it tastes delicious.


What brought you to Cayman and what made you stay longer than you had intended? 

My sister was already here and I not seen her in so long, so I figured a change in scenery would be a great opportunity. Before this I was living in Italy bartending as well, and I just wanted to see more of the world. This is a beautiful and luxurious island; I don't see why anyone would want to leave

Funniest Bartending Experience 

Probably the top one of most lady bartenders list: The drunk guys trying to chat you up and there was one that stood out - he ended up removing some clothing and dancing on the bar! I think he thought he would impress me more.

Have you ever spotted a celebrity at your bar?

Yes I have! Dennis Haysbert (he is an actor and producer), you would probably recognize him from the television series 24 and The Unit or in the Allstate ads. He plays in the follow up movie to my favorite movie of all time Sin City (the original) as well as Sin City: A Dame to Kill for. So that was pretty awesome.

Baptiste Wagner - Yoshi

What's your Hangover Cure?
Hairy Dog


What’s your signature cocktail ?

Old Fashioned


What brought you to Cayman and what made you stay longer than you had intended? 

Morris from Royal Palms

Funniest Bartending Experience 

Showing up every day

Have you ever spotted a celebrity at your bar?
Every guest is a celebrity