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Mixologist Conroy Plummer serves up quick and easy cocktails

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2023 | 12:35 AMKrysta Anderson/Staff Reporter -
Mixologist Conroy Plummer creates a tequilero fiesta with J. Wray and Nephew White Rum and  new beer on the market, Tequilero.
Mixologist Conroy Plummer creates a tequilero fiesta with J. Wray and Nephew White Rum and new beer on the market, Tequilero.
Topping off the tequilero fiesta mix with the beer gives the drinker a taste of excitement from the very start.
Topping off the tequilero fiesta mix with the beer gives the drinker a taste of excitement from the very start.
Stirring his henny berry for six to 10 seconds, mixologist Conroy Plummer gave the mix a taste to see if all the ingredients were working together in harmony.
Stirring his henny berry for six to 10 seconds, mixologist Conroy Plummer gave the mix a taste to see if all the ingredients were working together in harmony.
Here is a closer look at Plummer’s take on henny berry. He replaced the blackberry brandy ingredient with the peach schnapps, which offers a similar sweet taste.
Here is a closer look at Plummer’s take on henny berry. He replaced the blackberry brandy ingredient with the peach schnapps, which offers a similar sweet taste.
White rum, anyone? This spirit is a key ingredient for the tequilero fiesta.
White rum, anyone? This spirit is a key ingredient for the tequilero fiesta.
Mixologist Conroy Plummer’s personality shines in both the presentation and taste of his drinks.
Mixologist Conroy Plummer’s personality shines in both the presentation and taste of his drinks.
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Classic, immaculate, creative, sexy and focused. These are the words Conroy Plummer uses to describe his style of bartending. Today, Food goes behind the bar to find out more about his spirited mixing journey.

Hailing from Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth, Plummer was inspired to become a mixologist after watching flair bartending on YouTube. “I thought it looked really nice and said I had to try it out,” he told Food.

His interest saw him moving from the parish to reside in Kingston, where he received the opportunity to learn more about the beauties and complexities of rum. Plummer attended Distinction College and later HEART Academy, where he attained certification in bartender mixology.

The bartending career took him to Cru Bar and Kitchen, where he worked for three years. The professional then moved to Tacbar, where he has been one of the resident bartenders for five months and counting. Since being in the field for close to five years, he has enjoyed meeting new people and creating new drinks for them.

Working at Tacbar for him means having encounters with customers who challenge him to step out of his comfort zone. It also affords him the opportunity to be a part of a team that he considers his second family.

As a young mixologist, it's easy to get lost in the crowd of talents. But Plummer lets his personality win you over from introduction, and then have his mixes do all the talking when it comes to artistry, presentation and taste.

“I’m a fun person to be around. And that translates well into the drink. I try to build a relationship with my customers so that they will return. If they have visited once before, I am able to recall their orders and ask if they are looking to have the same drink or a different one, depending on the day or night,” he shared.

His favourite spirits to work with are whiskey, rum and tequila, “Whenever I go out to party, Johnny Walker and ginger ale is the mix I go for.”

Going by his alma mater Lacovia High School's motto, ‘Through toil to the stars’, his aim is to continue working hard within this field, and aspires towards achieving greatness in mixology.

For your sipping and mixing pleasure, the St Elizabeth native provided not one, but two quick and easy cocktail recipes for you to try at your next gathering or event.

Henny Berry

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2oz Hennessy

1oz Peach Scchnapps

1oz pineapple juice

1oz cranberry juice

Splash of lime juice

Splash of mango purée

DIRECTIONS

Add the Hennessy, Peach Schnapps and mango purée to the shaker. Then add pineapple juice, cranberry juice and the lime juice. Stir for six to 10 seconds. Pour in a rock glass and drink responsibly.

Tequilero Fiesta

INGREDIENTS

2oz J. Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum

1/2oz lime juice

1/2oz simple syrup

2oz ginger beer

Tequilero Beer

DIRECTIONS

In the rock glass filled with ice, combine the white rum, simple syrup, lime juice and ginger beer. Top off with Tequilero Beer and enjoy responsibly.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com