The Best Drink in the Caribbean by Cocktail Maestro Lachlan Morris
Australian cocktail maestro Lachlan Morris pours the best drink in the Caribbean, and he can prove it. This past spring, the bartender’s drink recipes won a Caribbean-wide cocktail masters competition sponsored by Stolichnaya Vodka, beating out liquor artisans from six other islands, including the well-known tropical drink capitals, Jamaica and beautiful Barbados.
Lachlan Morris plies his craft at The Royal Palms restaurant and beach bar, on the white sands of Grand Cayman’s epic Seven Mile Beach, a gig he attributes to luck. “People come and don’t leave [the island],” he explains, “so job turnover is very low.”
But while working at a cocktail bar in Amsterdam in 2009 after stints in his native Sydney, Vancouver, Scotland, and the Greek isles, he struck up a conversation with a bar manager who was opening the Jet Nightclub on Cayman’s West Bay Road. Morris pounced, happily trading in the dampness of Europe for the tropical Caribbean climate and eventually landing at The Royal Palms.
“It’s a great place to work if you know what you are doing,” Morris says. According to the judges, he certainly does.
Morris’ Award-Winning Pineapple & Coriander Martini
Step One: Muddle in a Boston Glass 5 chunks pineapple, 5 leaves cilantro and 3 grinds of pepper.
Step Two: Add 4 dashes of Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters, 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 oz. homemade ginger and lime zest syrup, 0.5 oz. Stolichnaya jalapeño vodka, 1.5 oz. Stolichnaya honey vodka, and 0.3 oz. Drambuie.
Step Three: Shake all ingredients hard and double strain into a chilled martini glass.
Step Four: Zest an orange skin over drink and around glass for aroma.
Step Five: Garnish with a cilantro leaf floating in drink and 2 grinds of pepper over top.
Now you can serve the award-winning taste of the Caribbean at your next dinner party or enjoy it on your next beach vacation with Lachlan Morris’ Pineapple and Coriander Martini.