DISCOVER THE WORLD CLASS 50

The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences

The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.

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Simon Crompton’s The Johnnie Wayne

Simon Crompton represented the Cayman Islands at the World Class Bartender of the Year final, 2013

Washed ashore on one of the Caribbean’s prime beaches and spilling out onto a sundrenched terrace, Agua Restaurant and Lounge is a light and airy Mediterranean style restaurant and bar. Over the three years since its launch on Seven Mile Beach it has become popular with locals and tourists alike. Agua is renowned for its globe spanning cuisine, having developed dishes with chefs from as far afield as Peru, Malaysia and Italy. This international philosophy is also reflected in the bar, where alongside local flavours the menu features classics such as Sazeracs, Manhattans and Old Fashioneds that are hard to find elsewhere on the island.

The Bartender

Simon Crompton, 32, has lived in the Cayman Islands since coming over from the UK to open the pool bar at the new Ritz-Carlton in 2005. He has learned a lot on Grand Cayman, and has tried never to serve a bad drink after tasting the inspiring cocktails served to him by local cocktail maestro Franco Centola (Ristorante Pappagallo). He lists the B.A.R. crew in NYC and Jamie Boudreau among others who have influenced his development. Simon loves taking his lead from seasonal produce on the island: ‘In the Caribbean, fruits grow at different times of year, so it’s important to work with local farmers,’ he explains, ‘I trial something they’ll give me and build from there.’

The Drink

The Johnnie Wayne is loosely based on a Whisky Sour. The indulgent ingredients and depth of flavour make it a perfect drink with chocolate desserts or on its own after dinner. It’s a manly drink dressed up smartly, hence its alternate name: Cowboy in a Tuxedo. The deep, smoky nature of Johnnie Walker Blue Label is augmented by rich Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice, honey and kirsch morello cherries (the fruit in season and honey are sourced at market locally), to give a cocktail rich in aroma and decadent tastes.

The Technique

Johnnie Walker Blue Label • 45ml
Fresh lemon juice • 22.5ml
Local honey • 15ml
Grand Marnier Cuvée du Cent Cinquantenaire • 10ml
Five kirsch morello cherries
Contains 18 grams of alcohol per serve

Dip the cherries in angostura bitters and flambée. (For an at home alternative buy pre-soaked cherries). Muddle all the ingredients. Shake with ice. Fine strain into an Old Fashioned glass.

Garnish with additional cherries and flamed orange zest.

The Johnnie Wayne is a perfect drink after dinner, following a long day on the beach.

Simon’s Insider’s Guide to the Cayman Islands

Place to stay
The Ritz-Carlton

Place to eat
Morgan’s Harbour

Place to relax
Calico Jacks beach bar

Place to lounge
Decker’s grille & lounge

Place to Dance
O Bar nightclub

Place to shop
Camana Bay farmers’ market

Place to visit
Stingray City (swim with wild stingrays at the sandbar)

Place to see
Drive around the coast to Starfish Point, Kaibo