Meet Rafi, Mixologist at Little Cayman Beach Resort
No one puts more effort into perfecting his profession than Rafi, who is originally from Chennai, India. The label “bartender” is no more accurate at describing his skill than “nice water” describes our Cayman Caribbean. Rafi has elevated making cocktails to an art form with the fine-tuned flair of flipping bottles and the “hand magic” he employs while making special drinks.
His father worked in the hotel industry, which inspired Rafi to make hospitality his own career. At 14, he started working in a hotel kitchen, and after further education and training, he became a server, then a bartender, and ultimately a mixologist who blends entertainment into creating and serving drinks. Rafi has won awards for his skill, including a recent third-place finish in the Taste of Cayman with his own Rapture of the Deep concoction.
“I just want guests to feel happy,” said Rafi, who is also an expert at making classic cocktails of the 70s and 80s. “Besides getting better at my craft, I want to learn to swim and explore this beautiful underwater world here on Little Cayman.”