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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, January 2019, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 40

by Amer A. Vargas

The Bob Marley

We start the new year paying homage to another country that I visited recently for the first-time—Jamaica, home to many, including the fastest athlete in the world, Usain Bolt, and to another individual, who popularized Jamaica’s modern music, reggae, across the rest of the world.

An important milestone was achieved for this music and Jamaica when “Reggae music from Jamaica” was been included in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2018.

So, plenty of reasons for this homage: for Jamaica, for reggae and for Bob Marley. And this is the Bob Marley cocktail, that we could broadly describe as a triple daiquiri composed of the colors of the Rastafarian flag: red, yellow and green (from bottom to top).

This is a frozen cocktail (meaning, each layer is blended in the mixer with ice), then poured in the glass, in this case, a Collins or highball.

Let’s go layer by layer. The first one would be a strawberry (Jamaican) daiquiri: 5 mid-size strawberries, a bit of lime juice, 1 oz/2.5 cl Jamaican rum. Pour into 1/3rd of the glass.

The second layer, the mango daiquiri, is the same except it uses a medium-sized mango instead of strawberries for the middle 1/3rd of the glass. Some daiquiri will remain in the blender, so add a dash or two of blue Curacao, blend again and top up the glass foe the green 1/3rd

Serve with a straw and any additional colorful decoration to enhance the presentation.

Thanks to bar supervisor, Tina Watson, from Azul Sensatori Negril in Jamaica for the recommendation and the recipe. Cheers and Happy New Year!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @


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