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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.

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.

Life Is Beautiful: Proof That Music Festivals Have Come A Long Way

Food, beer highlight inaugural Las Vegas festivity
Nov 14, 2013 5:01 pm

The days of suffering through bad food and cheap beer at music festivals are slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past. Simon Ford was in Las Vegas for the inaugural Life is Beautiful event, a festival dedicated to music, food, art and learning. Here's what he found.

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.

Meet The Man Behind The Largest Spirits Collection In The Western Hemisphere

Jamie Boudreau owns Canon in Seattle
Aug 8, 2013 3:00 pm

At Tales of the Cocktails Spirited Awards a few weeks ago, Seattle bar Canon took home the prize for Best Spirits Collection in the World. I had visited the bar a few months before the awards and was blown away by the collection that owner and head bartender Jamie Boudreau had put together. Last week, I sent him some questions about his new bar and the phenomenal spirits collection stored within its four walls. Read on.

Tales Of The Cocktail 2013: New York Dominates The Annual Awards

Evening's host recaps the celebrations in Nola
Jul 25, 2013 4:01 pm

Last week, the city of New Orleans hosted the 11th year of cocktail and spirits festival Tales of the Cocktail. New York dominated the awards - the cocktail equivalent of the Oscars - by winning roughly half of the awards, marking a big change from last year when London stole the show. Read on for a full recap from the evening's host, our very own Simon Ford.


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