‘Skill & Steady’

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - THURSDAY FOOD - with Kevynv

Think: Rhythm and booze; melodies and cock­tails. These de­scrip­tors re­mind us of the in­tri­cate con­nec­tion be­tween music and bev­er­age. In­deed, they are crit­i­cal parts of the en­ter­tain­ment sphere and of­ten the bev­er­age of choice be­comes in­ter­twined in the lyrics these artistes cre­ate. This week, Kevin “Kevynv” Blair, one-half of Voice­mail, vis­ited the Academy of Bartending to demon­strate that he is not only mu­si­cally tal­ented, but his cock­tail cre­ation skills are aligned with his new mantra of be­ing skilled and steady. We have no doubt about his abil­ity, as dur­ing the early phases of the lock­down, Kevynv en­tered a bar­tender mixol­ogy chal­lenge. While we were un­able to taste, the cock­tail sure looked good! To pro­vide sup­port, the academy as­signed bar­tender/mixol­o­gist Fabian Black to Kevynv’s mixol­ogy quest.

What’s new for Kevynv?

Kevynv de­scribed his lat­est project, a new sin­gle re­leased on Fri­day, Septem­ber 25, 2020 called Skill & Steady. He was abuzz with ex­cite­ment as he shared how well the track has been do­ing. Dee­jays as far away as Dubai and Turkey have al­ready be­gun to play the sin­gle with great ro­ta­tion. The Skill and Steady track was added to the

Spo­tify playlist and is now ranked within the top four dance­hall and afrobeat hits. He is elated about the quick suc­cesses be­ing reaped and looks for­ward to the con­tin­ued sup­port of his friends and fam­ily. The con­ver­sa­tion could not come to an end with­out Kevynv send­ing a shout-out to his wife and two beau­ti­ful girls.

Cheers to mak­ing more beau­ti­ful cock­tails and, of course, music, Kevynv!

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. For Oc­to­ber, we will fo­cus on Ar­gentina’s hot Mal­bec va­ri­etal. Look­ing for­ward to your feed­back and com­ments!

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 deb­biansm@gmail. com, or fol­low me on IG @deb­biansm #barnoneja.

Dr 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

(Pho­tos: Deb­bian Spence-minott)

Mae­stro Kevynv presents his Skill & Steady col­lec­tion of five cock­tails! Kevynv (left) and mixol­o­gist Fabian Black ex­change el­bow bumps on a job well done!

Kevynv shakes the Stay Ready cock­tail with gusto! Kevynv pours his Stay Ready cock­tail.

The White Liver cock­tail shot He checks the colour vari­a­tion.

Kevynv demon­strates the ac­cu­rate pour for the Cherry Brandy.

Ready Up & cock­tail

Straw­berry syrup is added.

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