Jason Lampkin: Fun-Loving Fisherman
Jason Lampkin is the general manager of Coconut Court Beach Hotel. The buck stops with him. But when he's not poring over data and ensuring that everything is running smoothly at the hotel, he's out on the high seas, pursuing his favourite hobby.
Coconut Corner caught up with him during a quiet moment to ask him some questions.
What do you like best about your job?
I enjoy working with a great team of people at Coconut Court. I also really enjoy collecting data and creating spreadsheets to help us analyse and understand our business better.
What would you do if you didn’t have to work?
Go fishing everyday,
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Fun-loving, cheerful and loyal.
What is your top travel tip?
Always bring sun cream.
What do you love most about Barbados?
Hot sunny weather, the ocean and the beautiful beaches.
Do you have any goals or ambitions?
To participate in and (hopefully) win all of the fishing competitions in the Caribbean.
A taste of old Barbados
We hope you enjoy this video of Coconut Court barman Antonio mixing one of his favourite cocktails.
Corn ‘n’ Oil began life on the island of Barbados in the 18th century and was a real after dinner favourite on the plantations.
That’s probably because it’s quite strong, best enjoyed on a full stomach and before bed. More than one will probably knock you off your feet. The full recipe is below.
Antonio, barman at Captain Charlie’s Beach Bar, suggested Corn ‘n’ Oil as it's one of Charlie Blades’ favourite drinks. Charlie is head of the Blades family, who have owned Coconut Court for more than 40 years.
Corn 'n' Oil is a potent drink - it’s not just the double Mount Gay Eclipse Rum. The other main ingredient is Falernum, a spicy concoction which is also thought to originate in Barbados. It’s a syrup-based alcoholic drink with cloves, ginger and other spices.
Take it home!
If you fancy making Corn 'n' Oil at home, you can pick up Falernum, which is about 11 per cent alcohol, in most supermarkets in Barbados for less than US$10. Mount Gay is the oldest rum in the world. It too originates from Barbados. The only other ingredient is a squeeze of lemon.
So with a liquor made from molasses, a by-product of sugar cane, Corn n Oil is the real taste of old Barbados.
The origin of its name is less clear. Some say it is biblical. “Thy corn, thy wine and thy oil” is from Deuteronomy in the Old Testament.
Whatever its origins, it’s perfect after dinner at Coconut Court’s Deck Restaurant, while watching the moon on the sea and the stars in the sky. Barbados in a glass, over rocks.
Just be sure you don’t overdo it. You have been warned!
Antonio’s Corn ‘n’ Oil
Two shots of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum
One shot of Falernum
One squeeze of lemon
Shake and serve in a rocks glass over ice with a slice of lemon
Sip slowly and savour the taste of Barbados