October 16, 2017
An event created to encourage and showcase the bar culture in The Bahamas, Bartistry – powered by Commonwealth Brewery Limited (CBL), will host its first series from October to December of this year with activities based on signature cocktails.
The first of the annual series will display the strength and diversity of CBL’s Spirits Portfolio.
There will be a Bartistry bar crawl that’s open to the public as well as a bartender competition for local mixologists to compete each month to win a prize.
Arame Strachan, Sales Manager (HORECA) at Commonwealth Brewery Ltd., said the goal is to have an event that will engage local bartenders as well as provide fun and excitement for the community.
“We understand that mixology is an art and requires a lot of talent, so we want to inspire our local mixologists who are seeking to perfect their craft by competing in the bartender competition.
“The competition will be open to any bartender in Nassau aspiring to polish his craft and not necessarily those that work for the participating accounts.”
Bartistry will feature brands such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, Campari, Don Julio Silver, Hendrick’s, Hennessy Pure White, Johnnie Walker Black, Ketel One Vodka and Ricardo Coconut Rum. Each participating account will create a Menu of eight signature cocktails for each of the eight Spirits.
Four participating accounts will host one event during the Bartistry series.
This event will include the Bartender competition for that Spirit, the account and their signature menu and happy hour after the competition featuring all of the signature Bartistry cocktails for that bar.
Stoli Regional Champion and Taste of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Inductee, Marv Cunningham shared his thoughts on Bartistry.
“I’m delighted to be a part of this initiative, for the mere fact that bartenders have been overlooked in the industry, bartenders play a very vital role and I think this is something that is going to highlight the importance as to what it is that we do.
“There is a lot of thought that goes into the process of building a cocktail so I think this is going to heighten the awareness and because of my experience, I’m looking to assisting other bartenders in getting to the next level.”
The first bartender competition will be held on Monday, October 16th at Wild Thyme at 5pm.