Caribbean Trio at Bon Voyage Ball

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

From the promenade deck of the Bon Voyage Ball, partygoers can enjoy signature libations with sunset views overlooking the Rhode Island sound while bidding on exclusive items on offer in the Silent Auction presented on Rosecliff's terrace during cocktail hour. (Auction Sneak Preview).

Renowned celebrity mixologist, The Cocktail Guru, will be shaking up a trio of Caribbean originals in honor of the Dominican Republic polo team, and supporting the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation.

Mama Juana or Mamajuana:  Brugal Anejo Rum (Dominican Republic), red wine, honey, secret herbs and spices.

Straight from the Dominican Republic, this little-known elixir can trace its origins to a tea infusion made by the TaÍno people native to the island. The popularized version of today includes a mixture of herbs and spices, soaked in rum, red wine, and honey, to create a distinctive flavor often compared to port wine.

Newport Fog Cutter: Scapegrace Gin (New Zealand), almond, lemon, tropical juice

From the heyday of oceanliner travel and the height of tiki bar popularity comes a riff on this classic concoction of gin and other liquors with tropical notes and a distinct almond flavor.

Shaken Bushwhacker: Saint James Rhum (Martinique), coffee liqueur, Marie Brizard chocolate royale, coconut cream, salted caramel whipped cream

The newest kid on the block, born during the height of disco and Halston, this dessert-like libation has connections to the Caribean (where it was invented) and New England (inventor was cousin to a Boston Red Sox player). Compared to a piña colada, this version starts with a Caribbean rhum (distilled from sugarcane juice rather than molasses) first distilled in the 1700s, adding coffee, chocolate, and coconut for an indulgent experience.

Jonathan Pogash, "The Cocktail Guru", is a nationally renowned cocktail consultant and mixologist.  His signature cocktails can be enjoyed in many of the most upscale cocktail lounges and restaurants in the US.  Jonathan regularly contributes his unique talents to TV and radio, including NBC's "Today Show" and "The Rhode Show".  The Cocktail Guru team provides cocktail and bar support and staffing for special events (home, office, boat), leads Corporate Team Building Mixology Classes, and consults on all aspects of beverage for the nation's top bars, restaurants, hotels, and resorts.  The Cocktail Guru is available for in-person events.  Elevate your special affair with signature cocktails by the best mixologists in New England.  And this just in: They also do virtual events.  For more info, visit

Tickets for the Bon Voyage Ball, the 20th annual International Polo Charity Ball are sold out, but you may RSVP to receive a notification if additional tickets become available.  Everyone is welcome to join the pre-party at Newport's newest waterfront hotel, The Brenton, to welcome guests of honor, The Dominican Republic polo team at a sunset cocktail reception, by RSVP.

Proceeds from the live and silent auction (preview here) will benefit The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation in its mission to support initiatives and nonprofits that keep music and the arts in Rhode Island public schools, provide food, shelter and a safe-haven for families and children in need in the Ocean State, build productive relationships and make a positive impact.  Beneficiaries of the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation include the Amos House, St. Mary's Home for Children, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Button Hole, Boys & Girls Club of Providence and The Met. For more information, visit

The ball will take place at, Rosecliff, the premier estate amidst America’s finest collection of gilded age mansions. Commissioned by Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs in 1899, architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. After the house was completed in 1902, at a reported cost of $2.5 million, Mrs. Oelrichs hosted fabulous entertainments here, including a fairy tale dinner and a party featuring famed magician Harry Houdini.

About Newport Polo:  Newport Polo is the home of the Westchester Polo Club, America's first polo club, offering exhibition polo and club member services for outdoor & arena polo, and polo instruction. Est. in 1876, charter member of the United States Polo Assoc, and host of the Newport International Polo Series.

Annual Charitable Initiatives:  In its 30 years, Newport Polo is proud to have helped raise over $1.5 million for nonprofit organizations through its gala auction, benefit matches, Season Program ad sales and ticket donations for the Newport International Polo Series, among other fundraising initiatives.  In 2020, Newport Polo's annual charitable initiatives include Beach Polo MLK Hunger Drive, Season Program Ad Sales Scholarship Fund among other initiatives in the works. For more information, please email