Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tales of the Cocktail 2011: Spirited Award Nominees

 New Orleans - The Fifth Annual Spirited Awards™ nominees for 2011 have been announced. The winners will be crowned  at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award Ceremony and Dinner on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans. Tables can be purchased online at

We have added our Votes (*) and predictions (W - Winners). A wrap up of the awards after TOTC.

American Bartender of the Year
Eric Alperin, The Varnish
Kenta Goto, Pegu Club
Misty Kalkofen, Drink
Sam Ross, Milk & Honey
Joaquin Simo, Death & Co. * (W)

Best American Brand Ambassador
Colin Asare-Appiah, U'luvka Vodka
Jacques Bezuidenhout, Partida Tequila
Jamie Gordon, Absolut Vodka (W)
Jim Ryan, Hendrick's Gin*

Best American Cocktail Bar
Clover Club, Brooklyn
Drink, Boston
Employees Only, New York * (W)
The Varnish, Los Angeles

World’s Best Hotel Bar
Artesian at The Langham, London*
Clive's Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria Hotel, Victoria
Clyde Common at The Ace Hotel, Portland
The Savoy, London, England (W)

Best Cocktail Writing
Toby Cecchini, New York(W)
Camper English, San Francisco*
Darcy O'Neil, London, Ontario
Naren Young, New York

Best New Product
Bank's Five Island Rum
Cocchi Americano
Smith & Cross Rum* (W)
Tequila Calle 23

World’s Best Drinks Selection
Artesian at The Langham, London*
Cure, New Orleans
Eau de Vie, Sydney
Employees Only, New York(W)

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
Fix the Pumps by Darcy O'Neill
Left Coast Libations by Ted Munat & Michael Lazar
Punch by David Wondrich
Speakeasy by Dushan Zaric and Jay Kosmas*(W)

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Artesian at The Langham, London*
Eau de Vie, Sydney
Mayahuel, New York (W)
Sanctuaria, St. Louis

International Bartender of the Year
Erik Lorincz, American Bar at Savoy Hotel, London(W)
Dre Masso, Green & Red - London
Sam Ross, Milk & Honey*
Dushan Zaric, Employees Only

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
1534, New York
Dram, New York
Eau de Vie, Sydney
PKNY (ex Painkiller), New York* (W)

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
69 Colebrooke Row, London(W)
Dry Martini, Barcelona
Employees Only, New York*
High Five, Tokyo

Best International Brand Ambassador
Ian Burrell
Claire Smith, Belvedere Vodka
Dan Warner, Beefeater Gin (W)
Angus Winchester, Tanqueray Gin*

Best Bar Mentor
Wayne Collins, London
Steve Olson, New York
Audrey Saunders, New York (W)
Dushan Zaric, New York*

New Categories added in 2011:

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Eastern Standard, Boston
Flatiron Lounge, New York*
Florida Room, Miami
Rickhouse, San Francisco (W)

Best Cocktail Writing - Non Book
Imbibe USA* (W)
Tasting Panel Magazine

Best Restaurant Bar
The Drawing Room, Chicago(W)
Eleven Madison Park, New York*
Hawksmoor Seven Dials, London
Hix, London

(source: Tales of the Cocktail Newsletter)

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