Tales Of The Cocktail Spirited Awards

May 18, 2012 4:46 pm

The nominations are out!

The scene at Tales of the Cocktail.
The scene at Tales of the Cocktail.
 

Love cocktails so much that you’re dying to attend a five-day convention discussing everything that relates to them in the dead of New Orleans’ face-meltingly muggy summer? Then you’re in luck. Tales of the Cocktail returns for its 10th year this July 25-29.

The annual conference-slash-party-slash-awards for the spirits industry is also a drinkfest that’s open to the public. Sure, it’s crawling with bartenders, alcohol brand ambassadors, cocktail consultants, distillers and booze bloggers, but don’t let that fool you. Above all, it’s a good old-fashioned food and drink bonanza, with extra focus on the drink. We’ll be down there covering all the action.

In the meantime, below is a complete list of the nominees for the annual Spirited Award, which are sort of like the James Beard Awards of the cocktail world. There are so many familiar faces on the list! What a party it will be.

And the entire Food Republic editorial staff is honored to be nominated in the inaugural Best Cocktail Writing (Non Book) category. And what great company. We’re totally beating Saveur for most Sazeracs consumed over the course of a week.

American Bartender of the Year

  • Eric Alperin
  • Jamie Boudreau
  • Derek Brown
  • Markovaldo Dyonisis
  • Charles Joly
  • Vincenzo Marianella
  • Ivy Mix
  • Jeffrey Morganthaler
  • Joaquin Simo
  • Naren Young

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Erick Castro
  • Elayne Duke
  • Jamie Gordon
  • Guillaume Lamy
  • Gaston Martinez
  • Jackie Patterson
  • Todd Richman
  • Jim Ryan
  • Nick Van Tiel
  • Neyah White 

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Anvil Bar & Refuge – Houston, Texas
  • Bourbon & Branch – San Francisco, California
  • The Drawing Room – Chicago, Illinois
  • Dutch Kills – Long Island, New York
  • Clover Club – Brooklyn, New York
  • Columbia Room – Washington, District of Columbia
  • Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, California
  • La Descarga – Los Angeles, California
  • Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York
  • The Varnish – Los Angeles, California

Best Bar Mentor

  • Bridget Albert
  • Sven Almenning
  • Julio Bermejo
  • Wayne Collins
  • Francesco Lafranconi
  • Chris McMillan
  • Steve Olson
  • Julie Reiner
  • Thad Vogler
  • Dushan Zaric

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Beretta – San Francisco, California
  • Clover Club – New York, New York
  • Craft & Commerce – San Diego, California
  • Eastern Standard – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Flatiron Lounge – New York, New York
  • La Descarga – Los Angeles, California
  • Macao Trading Co. – New York, New York
  • Sable Kitchen & Bar – Chicago, Illinois
  • Seven Grand – Los Angeles, California
  • The Tippler – New York, New York

 Best Cocktail Writing - Author

  • Jenny Adams
  • Jarden Brown & Anastatia Miller
  • Paul Clarke
  • Wayne Curtis
  • Dan Dunn
  • Gary Regan
  • Robert Simonson
  • Jason Wilson
  • Dave Wondrich
  • Naren Young

Best Cocktail Writing - Non Book

  • Barchick.com
  • Barlife UK
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
  • Food Republic
  • Liquor.com
  • Mutineer Magazine
  • Saveur
  • Shakestir.com
  • Tasting Panel
  • Time Out NY

 Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Colin Asare Appiah
  • Jacob Briars
  • Ian Burrell
  • Tal Nadari
  • Matt Pomeroy
  • Jamie Terrell
  • Manuel Terron
  • Claire Smith
  • Angus Winchester
  • Brian Van Flandern

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book

  • The American Cocktail by the Editors of Imbibe
  • Beta Cocktails
  • Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All
  • Gaz Regan's Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011
  • Home Bar Basics
  • Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation and the Pursuit of the Never Ending Happy Hour
  • The Mixellany Guide to Vermouth & Other Apertifs
  • PDT Cocktail Book

Best New Product

  • Bombay Sapphire East
  • Chairman's Reserve Spiced Rum
  • Cocktail Kingdom's Blue Blazer Mugs
  • Cognac Pierre Ferrand 1840 Formula
  • Fee Brother's Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters
  • Lillet Rose
  • Perlini System
  • Redemption Rye
  • Steve Schneider's Standard Issue Ice Mallet
  • Tomr's Tonic Syrup

 Best Restaurant Bar

  • Bar Agricole – San Francisco, California
  • The Beagle – New York, New York
  • Beaker & Flask – Portland, Oregon
  • Heaven's Dog – San Francisco, California
  • Lani Kai – New York, New York
  • No. 9 Park – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Rivera – Los Angeles, California
  • Sable – Chicago, Illinois
  • Saxon + Parole – New York, New York
  • Slanted Door – San Francisco, California

 International Bartender of the Year

  • Massimo Greco
  • Misty Kalkofen
  • Zdenek Kastanek
  • Alex Kratena
  • Max Larocca
  • Sam Ross
  • Michael Madrusan
  • Shawn Soole
  • Phil Ward
  • Dushan Zaric

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • Aviary – Chicago, Illinois
  • Bar le Forvm –Paris, France
  • Black Pearl – Melbourne, Australia
  • Callooh Callay - London, United Kingdom
  • Clover Club – New York, New York
  • Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York
  • Raines Law Room – Manhattan, New York
  • The Roosevelt – Sydney, Australia
  • Sable – Chicago, Illinois
  • Whistling Shop - London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Drinks Selection

  • Artesian at The Langham - London, United Kingdom
  • Canon – Seattle, Washington
  • Capri Lounge – Cologne, Germany
  • Daddy-O – New York, New York
  • Death & Co. – Manhattan, New York
  • Eau de Vie – Sydney, Australia
  • Sable – Chicago, Illinois
  • Salvatore's at The Playboy – London, United Kingdom
  • Sanctuaria – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Widder Bar – Zurich, Switzerland

World’s Best Hotel Bar

  • Artesian at The Langham – London, United Kingdom
  • Clive's Classic Lounge - Victoria, British Columbia
  • Clyde Common – Portland, Oregon
  • The Connaught - London, United Kingdom
  • Lantern's Keep at The Iroquois Hotel – New York, New York
  • Roomer's Bar – Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sable Kitchen and Bar at Hotel Palomar – Chicago, Illinois
  • The Spare Room at The Roosevelt – Los Angeles, California
  • Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Zetter Townhouse - London, United Kingdom

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

  • Aviary – Chicago, Illinois
  • Candelaria – Paris, France
  • Canon – Seattle, Washington
  • The Everleigh – Melbourne, Australia
  • Happiness Forgets – London, United Kingdom
  • Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, California
  • Maison Premiere – Brooklyn, New York
  • Mother's Ruin – New York, New York
  • Whistling Shop – London, United Kingdom
  • The Zetter Townhouse – London, United Kingdom
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