A Special Bartender

Posted by Holly Wilson on Jan 11, 2019 1:30:05 PM

Jaime Aguilar is a special bartender at Sea Salt Restaurante, located at Gran Pacifica Resort in Nicaragua.

When he was asked recently about what he likes best about his job, without hesitation he said,  “I love to experiment and create my own drinks!”

Jaime has worked with Gran Pacifica for three years, and is a very popular employee with the customers. He grew up in Masachapa, just south of Gran Pacifica. Before working at Gran Pacifica, he worked for several years at Barcelo as well as at Aqua Wellness Resort. Jaime started as a waiter at Sea Salt Restaurante, and then was promoted to supervisor, and later as cash supervisor. Jaime said that he loves his job at Sea Salt because of all the interesting people that come to visit the resort.

When Jaime began as a bartender, he started to experiment and create his own drinks. Later, one of the Gran Pacifica property owners gifted Jaime a copy of “The Ultimate Bar Book, a Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails” by Mittie Hellmich, which covers all of the classic bar recipes as well as new ones. Jaime was excited about this gift as it also covers different infusions, equipment used, history, what type of glass to use for different drinks, and even hangover remedies! It also has many non-alcoholic beverages which will be a great addition to Sea Salt Restaurante’s menu.

Mojito by JaimeMojito by Jaime Aguilar

While my friend and I were sitting at the bar one day, Jaime made up a new drink for us. This was a twist on the classic Mojito, which Jaime says is the most common drink that customers ask for. This mojito was a fusion of the Caipirinha, the Brazilian national drink, mixed with passion fruit, dark sugar, light rum, soda and a splash of lime. It was a delicious mix of sweet and sour! As Jaime says, “there are many different ways to make a drink, and many countries have their own versions.” In Nicaragua for example, spices are added to a traditional mojito.

4th of July drink by Jaime4th of July drink by Jaime Aguilar

Another great drink that Jaime created was for the 4th of July celebration at Gran Pacifica to resemble the American flag. The drink included coconut crème, ice cream, crema Chantilly, grenadine, and a bit of blue Powerade. At the same event, Jaime also learned how to make a classic American float, but we used Coca-Cola, as we could not find root beer in Nicaragua.

Coke float by JaimeCoca-cola Float by Jaime Aguilar

One of Jaime’s favorite drinks is the Macuá, the signature drink of Nicaragua. This drink was created by a pediatrician from Granada, and is made from rum, guava juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and served over ice.

While the drinks are great at Sea Salt, so is the food. Seafood, steak, chicken, and vegetarian dishes are all prepared with fresh ingredients. It is also possible to bring your fresh catch to the restaurant and have the chefs prepare it any number of ways, including my favorite, the fish tacos! Healthy and filling smoothies are a recent addition to the menu, and one of my favorites.

Sea Salt is a great place to watch the sunset or a good starting point for an early morning beach stroll. Come down to visit Jaime and watch him prepare a special drink for you to enjoy!

Special drink by Jaime Aguilar

 Jaime is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have three children.

PS.  Did you know that drinking alcohol, in moderation, goes back as early as 7000-6650 B.C when the Chinese created a fermented drink containing grapes, Hawthorne berries, honey and rice. The use of alcohol in moderation, was believed to be prescribed by Heaven. Whatever your beliefs and use are, many countries have developed their own style, flavors, and favorites.


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Holly Wilson

Written by Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson is from California. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations/Community Development and enjoyed her career in Social Services. She is now working with Gran Pacifica Resort / ECI Development, employing her special skills on the many projects of Corporate Social Responsibility this company engages in. She is enjoying living in Nicaragua and getting to know the great people here.

Topics: Gran Pacifica in Nicaragua, Activities at Gran Pacifica, Living in Latin America, Nicaraguan Culture, Living In Nicaragua