Last week, Resident Magazine was a part of an illustrious crowd joined by international supermodel – Joan Smalls – to celebrate the changing seasons and global launch of Dewar’s 8-Year-Old CARIBBEAN SMOOTH Rum Cask Blended Scotch Whisky. The new premium Scotch whiskey, double-aged, and finished in rum casks for a tropical smooth finish, showcases the best of Scottish and Caribbean flavors and the harmonious blend of cultures. Guests were offered an exclusive first taste through The Scotribbean Pop-Up Experience at Gitano Garden of Love,
Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth is the first in a series of cask extensions from the iconic whisky maker. The brand’s Scotribbean Experience, which fuses together both Caribbean and Scottish culture harmoniously, served as the official kick-off to the launch and pop-up bar. Renowned bartenders Iain McPherson (from Scotland) and Nicole Fas (from Puerto Rico) flew in to serve as the bartender duo of the season, embodying two cultures coming together for a truly unique experience.
Between refreshing sips of the signature Caribbean Smooth Coconut Highball, and specialty games nearing every corner of the garden, guests were treated to a curated Scottish and Caribbean fusion menu created by Gitano’s Chef Yvan Lemoine throughout the evening. In honor of her bi-racial heritage (Puerto Rican and West Indian), Joan Smalls shared her family recipe of Arroz con Gandules, which Chef Yvan served as the night’s signature dish. Among the various Scotribbean moments, Guests were introduced to the new Scotribbean language, a quirky combination of traditional Scottish and Caribbean slang that was highlighted through games, food, and cocktails.
Coconut HighBall Recipe:
Sip on the same delicious cocktail that guests did at the exclusive event, by making the Coconut HighBall at home. Cheers!
1 ½ part Caribbean Smooth
½ part Lemon juice
½ part Coconut Syrup
3 parts Soda Water
Garnish: Lime wheel and mint sprig
Add whiskey, lemon juice, and syrup to a chilled Highball glass, filled with cubed ice, add soda, stir ingredients from the bottom upwards to mix thoroughly, and garnish with a slapped mint sprig and lime wheel.
Photo Credit: Griffin Lipson for Dewar’s Scotch Whisky