Are you #BarReady?

Are you #BarReady?

Bar None

with Debbian Spence-Minott

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!

Community bars are slowly opening since they were ordered closed mid-March by the Government of Jamaica. Although style bars have not yet been given the green light bartenders are in preparation mode. Bar None checked in with three such bartenders.

Scherona Fagan has worked the bar scene at both the community and style-bar levels for over seven years. When asked what she misses most, she smiled brightly and confirmed it was her customers. Fagan explained that she missed the day-to-day operations and the hustle and bustle of life as a bartender. During the initial lockdown period, she took the opportunity to rest, read up on the industry and further hone her skills.


Dave Harrison is no stranger to the hotel bar scene. With the closure of our borders, his core clientele was not able to meet him at the bar. Harrison shared that he has been yearning to return to work as, even though he enjoys being at home with his loved ones, it is when he works that he can provide for his family and himself. During this downtime, Harrison has been watching several bartending videos online, participating in short courses, and reviewing his recipes. At the first mention of the online bartender challenge, he eagerly submitted his cocktail as the challenge provided an opportunity to be one step closer to doing what he loves most — making amazing drinks.

Trevor Luke is no stranger to this publication. He has, during the lockdown, been crafting cocktail recipes that he is all too eager to share. Luke also shared that he also used the time to build content for his social media pages and refine his mixology services offerings while expanding his cocktail portfolio. After all, said Luke, the season is fast approaching and as we know with Jamaicans, no matter what, we will be celebrating Christmas. Like his other professional colleagues, Luke longs for the day when he can return to work to once again enjoy the camaraderie of customers, colleagues, management and friends.


All three bartenders were on assignment on behalf of the Pernod Ricard portfolio distributed by Select Brands. Each bartender was assigned to a specific brand: Fagan to Malibu Coconut Rum, Harrison to Absolut Elyxvodka, and Luke to Jameson Irish Whiskey. All bars are yet to be opened, but thanks to team Select, these three bartenders had the opportunity to use some of their time to gainfully showcase their talents. Patrons will soon be able to enjoy these amazing mixes.


Readers' Grapevine Club: If you are new to wines and want to join us on our wine discovery, then this is for you. On the third Thursday of each month, I will highlight your feedback on our grape variety/vine of the month. The grapevine of the month is pinot noir. Share with me your feedback on what you thought about the wine and your overall wine experience.


Readers' Feedback:

Extraordinary wonder and joy are interwoven through ordinary life; seek them relentlessly. Please share with me your wine, spirits and cocktail experiences or comments on the above article at, or follow me on IG @debbiansm #barnoneja.


Debbian Spence-Minott

An Alumna of the US Sommelier Association

CEO of the Academy of Bartending, Spirits & Wines

President, Jamaica Union of Bartenders and Mixologists (JUBAM) Limited

Marketing Studies Lecturer – The University of Technology, Jamaica

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon