Tales of the Cocktail 2016

TOTC 2016 Round up. Each year, Tales of the Cocktail honors the best bars, bartenders and cocktail writers with Spirited Awards. The winners were announced Saturday 7/23 in a ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. See the complete list of winners below.  More than 100 industry experts from around the world vote on the winners. This is the 10th year that the Spirited Awards have been presented at Tales of the Cocktail.

AMERICAN CATEGORIES
BEST AMERICAN BAR TEAM
Presented by William Grant & Sons

• Winner: ABV San Francisco

BEST AMERICAN BRAND AMBASSADOR
Presented by El Dorado Rum

• Winner: Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)

BEST AMERICAN HIGH VOLUME COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by William Grant & Sons

• Winner: Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas)

BEST AMERICAN RESTAURANT BAR
Presented by Goose Island Beer Company

• Winner: Saxon + Parole (New York)

AMERICAN BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Presented by Bacardi USA

• Winner: Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)

BEST AMERICAN COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by Pernod Absinthe

• Winner: Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

BEST AMERICAN HOTEL BAR
Presented by Ramazzotti

• Winner: The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)

BEST NEW AMERICAN COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by Luxardo

• Winner: Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAR TEAM
Presented by House of Angostura

• Winner: American Bar at the Savoy (London)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADOR
Presented by Rutte Distillateurs

• Winner: Max Warner (Chivas Regal)

BEST INTERNATIONAL HIGH VOLUME COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by The Cromwell

• Winner: Callooh Callay (London)

BEST INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT BAR
Presented by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

• Winner: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)

INTERNATIONAL BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Presented by Bacardi USA

• Winner: Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo)

BEST INTERNATIONAL COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by Chivas Regal

• Winner: Happiness Forgets (London)

BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTEL BAR
Presented by The Cromwell

• Winner: The Connaught Bar at The Connaught (London)

BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by Maison Ferrand

• Winner: Oriole (London)

WRITING
BEST COCKTAIL & SPIRITS PUBLICATION
Presented by Fords Gin

• Winner: Cocktail Lovers

BEST NEW COCKTAIL & BARTENDING BOOK
Presented by Nikka Whisky

The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual: Secret Recipes and Barroom Tales from Two Belfast Boys Who Conquered the Cocktail World by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry and Ben Schaeffer

BEST COCKTAIL & SPIRITS WRITER
Presented by Beam Suntory

• Winner: Jeffrey Morgenthaler

BEST NEW SPIRITS BOOK
Presented by Maison Ferrand

• Winner: Divided Spirits – Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production by Sarah Bowen

GLOBAL
BEST BAR MENTOR
Presented by BarSmarts

• Winner: Angus Winchester

WORLD’S BEST COCKTAIL MENU
Presented by Beam Suntory

• Winner: Dandelyan (London)

BEST NEW SPIRIT OR COCKTAIL INGREDIENT
Presented by the Parlor Lounge at The Mirage

• Winner: Stiggins’ Fancy Plantation Pineapple (Barbados)

WORLD’S BEST SPIRITS SELECTION
Presented by the Parlor Lounge at The Mirage

• Winner: Tommy’s (San Francisco)

WORLD’S BEST COCKTAIL BAR
Presented by Gazela Vinho Verde

• Winner: The Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

• Winner: Sasha Petraske

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