The Story Of A Meridian Club Staff Member
Introducing Floyd Forbes
The best part of any holiday is the opportunity to try new foods and drinks. While Caribbean rum isn’t exactly a foreign item to most people, drinking it in on Pine Cay surrounded by the murmur of the ocean a few feet away is an experience one will likely remember forever.
Floyd Forbes is the bartender at the Meridian Club and has been part of the scene since 1969 when he started working as a handyman and property maintenance until the hotel opened in 1973. As a novice behind the bar, Floyd quickly learned and excelled at the art of bartending and as his tenure grew, so did his responsibilities which ranged from head of the commissary to head of food and beverage. Over three decades later, Floyd is still the master at the bar and is responsible for cocktail service before dinner and for bar service on the pool deck throughout the day. His specialty drinks are just that – very special!
Cocktail hour at the Meridian Club starts about 6:00pm and takes place in the upstairs lounge each night when dinner is scheduled to be served indoors. Guests often show up early as they are eager to meet up with their new found friends at the club. The library bar offers abundant seating, and a balcony overlooking the pool.
Be prepared to receive a warm welcome and a tasty appetizer such as piping hot conch fritters, Caribbean-inspired hummus and pita chips, fresh salsa and crispy tortilla chips and other equally delicious finger foods. Cocktail hour in the upstairs bar is an entertaining episode of dinner party-style mingling, gossip sharing, looking through books and photo albums featuring pictures of guests over the years as well as renovations to the Club, engaging in a game of darts or mancala, and introducing new arrivals to those who have been on the island for several days. As you look through the various albums, you are bound to see some familiar faces. It shouldn’t surprise you to see that some of these people are seated around you at the bar, sipping on one of Floyd’s signature cocktails.
Come early to cocktail hour as Floyd is a terrific encyclopedia of the history and happenings on Pine Cay and guests are thoroughly entertained by his reminiscings. If you are the wagering type, consider yourself warned: do not challenge Floyd to a game of darts!
Meridian Club Specialty Cocktail Menu
Pine Cay Punch – light rum, dark rum, pineapple, orange, grenadine
Club Meridian – Canadian Club, melon liquor, Gran Marnier, pineapple
Pine Cay Cocktail – gin, Gran Marnier, grapefruit
Iguana Colada – melon liquor, pineapple, Coco Lopez
Pine Cay Smile – coconut rum, dark rum, Tio Pepe, orange, pineapple
Gombay Smash – dark rum, coconut rum, Triple Sec, pineapple, lemon syrup
Yellow Bird – white rum, crème de banana, Galliano, pineapple, orange
Pine Cay Breeze – melon liquor, vodka, crème de banana, pineapple
Mai Tai – white rum, Triple Sec, amaretto, pineapple, lemon
Pine Cay Iced Tea – vodka, gin, rum, tequila, lemon, coke
Toasted Almond – amaretto, Kahlua, half and half
Zombie – white rum, dark rum, amaretto, Triple Sec, lemon orange
Tropical Delight – vodka, crème de coconut, pineapple, cranberry, orange
Rum BBC – Baileys, banana, Coco Lopez
Caicos Express – white rum, dark rum, Kahlua, cream
Mambo Special – dark rum, coconut rum, Triple Sec, lemon orange, pineapple
Caicos Calypso – light rum, Tia Maria, crème de coco, milk
*** Most specialty cocktails are priced at $13 ***