Simon Ford

Simon Ford Recaps This Year's Tales Of The Cocktail Spirited Awards

Our man once again hosted the festivities
Jul 31, 2014 4:00 pm

On Saturday, July 19th, over 1,000 bartenders and spirits professionals crammed into a crowded ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans to celebrate some of the brightest and most respected talent in the cocktail and bar industry. It was the final night of the world’s biggest cocktail festival, Tales of the Cocktail, where these Spirited Awards have taken place for the past eight years. This year, I hosted the festivities with my good friend and Emmy Award-winner Tom Caltabiano. Here's what we experienced.

How This Man With The Glass On His Nose Predicted The Great American Gin Evolution

Meet Aviation Gin's co-founder Ryan Magarian
Apr 1, 2014 2:00 pm

Simon Ford catches up with Aviation Gin co-founder Ryan Magarian to discuss how the idea for the company was conceived, its unique characteristics and the ongoing evolution of gin. Ryan also provides two simple cocktail recipes. The full interview, after the jump.

A Look Back At Year One Of Simon Ford's 86 Co.

Checking in with our man about his spirits line
Mar 27, 2014 3:00 pm

When it comes to cocktails, our own Simon Ford is the guy to know. A former International Ambassador for Plymouth Gin (a role for which he took home Best Brand Ambassador at Tales of the Cocktail in 2007), Simon has penned the wildly popular Drink Ford Tough column on Food Republic over the past three years. A back room conversation at a NYC bar in 2007 ultimately led to Simon's new career path: co-founder of The 86 Co., a collaboration with some of the world's best distillers and distilleries to create lines of gin, rum, tequila and vodka. Just over a year into his daring venture, Simon checks in with us to discuss his first year of business.

Behind Bullet-Proof Glass You Will Find A Great Craft Spirits Shop In Brooklyn

Borisal Liquor & Wine, hiding in plain sight
Mar 25, 2014 3:00 pm

On an unassuming corner of Park Slope, Brooklyn is a small store called Borisal Liquor & Wine. I had walked past it many times but nothing from the outside had ever enticed me in. This is a classic case of never judging a book by its cover, because behind this modest exterior is a treasure chest of craft spirits run by a man who decided to champion the movement. Read on.

10 Cocktail Recipes For New Year's Eve Drink Making

Simon Ford's best drinks to celebrate the new year
Dec 31, 2013 1:00 pm

New Year’s Eve is finally here and chances are that you will be imbibing to celebrate what is arguably known as the biggest drinking holiday of the year. While breaking out bottles of bubbly for your guests is great and all, we think that a strong, homemade cocktail – or three – is the perfect way to properly say goodbye to 2013. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite easy-to-make drink creations from expert Simon Ford. Read on.

Around The World In 5 Tropical Cocktails

Escape the winter cold with classic island drinks
Dec 4, 2013 3:00 pm

Right about this time of year, a slurry of articles appear with suggestions for weather-warming cocktails. They almost always sound fabulous and perfect for this time of year, but I have decided to offer a different perspective. If we can’t have the sunshine, let’s at least pretend by changing up what we drink during the winter months! I would like to offer a different perspective and take you cocktail island-hopping.

10 Things To Know About Ice In Cocktails

A look at the most important ingredient in drinks
Nov 21, 2013 3:00 pm
Photo: Hundred Weight Ice

Ice is arguably the most important ingredient in a modern cocktail. That may seem like an odd statement, but hear us out on this one. Simon Ford attended a seminar on the subject given by well-known bartender Richie Boccato and checked in with these pearls of wisdom.

Oysters, Sherry, Cocktails And Ham From This Charming Man

An interview with DC mixologist Derek Brown
Oct 10, 2013 2:00 pm

I often refer to Derek Brown as “the charming geek of cocktails.” He is a man who has spent a huge chunk of his life dedicated to researching and promoting cocktail culture and is one of the industry’s pioneers. He's also behind a couple of the country's most acclaimed bars in Washington, DC. Here's his story.


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