Friday, June 18, 2010

2010 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail

Mama Needs a New Dress!

Its Awards time!

The nominees for the 2010 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited awards are out and, like last year, I will be blogging and tweeting live from the event, so if you want to know the winners, tune in here on Saturday July 24th. Make sure you follow me on twitter @NYCBaby!

As I vowed last year, there is a chance I will be up on this stage this year when an award is accepted. Its kind of an inside joke, with a rebel dash of Kanye, but also kind of legit as I have been doing some work with a nominee. So as not to jinx it, let me just list the nominees; a list filled with talent, smarts, good looks and some of the most fun people I grown to love over the last year.

Best American Cocktail Bar

Criteria: This award recognizes the influence on cocktail trends within the United States and seeks to award the country’s best cocktail bar.

  • The Clover Club, Brooklyn
  • Death & Co, NYC
  • Rickhouse, San Francisco
  • The Varnish, Los Angeles

World’s Best Hotel Bar

Criteria: The classic ‘American Bar’ played an important role in the history and development of cocktail culture. The judges are looking for hotel bars, which uphold this tradition (but are not necessarily old) and offer five-star service and consistently well made drinks.

  • The Artesian at the Langham, London
  • The Bar at The Connaught Hotel, London
  • Florida Room at The Delano, Florida
  • Hemingway Bar, Paris

Best Cocktail Writing

Criteria: Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great cocktails and related products. This award is for any non-book journalism (Magazine, Newspaper, Website, etc) which promotes bars, bartender, or cocktails in general.

  • CLASS magazine
  • Gary Regan
  • Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller
  • Naren Young

Best New Product

Criteria: This is awarded to what the judges consider to be the best new cocktail ingredient (spirit, liqueur, syrup or juice) or piece of cocktail equipment (muddler, shaker etc.). To qualify products must be on general retail sale in at least three US states.

  • Celery Bitters, The Bitter Truth
  • Cocktail Kingdom’s barware
  • Crème Yvette by Cooper Spirits
  • Meehan Cocktail Bag by Jim Meehan

Best American Brand Ambassador

Criteria: An award that recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands across America.

  • Charlotte Voisey, William Grant Portfolio
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout, Partida
  • Jamie Gordon, Absolut
  • Tal Nadari, Bols

World’s Best Drinks Selection

Criteria: A venue stocking an outstanding range of spirits and liqueurs. The judges will favor discernment as well as sheer numbers of bottles stocked.

  • Artesian Bar at The Langham Hotel, London
  • Bar Lebensstern in Café Einstein, Berlin
  • Macao Trading Co, NYC
  • Widder Bar, Zurich

American Bartender of the Year

Criteria: From Jerry Thomas onwards, American bartenders have been amongst the most influential on drinks styles and cocktail culture in general. This award seeks to recognize the most influential American bartender today. The winner should be proficient at making all recognized classic drinks and also have created contemporary cocktails, which have been copied by his/her peers.

  • Eric Alperin, The Varnish
  • Kenta Goto, The Pegu Club
  • Murray Stenson, Zig Zag
  • Sam Ross, Milk & Honey

Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book

Criteria: The best book published in 2008 regarding cocktails, liquor, bars, bar design or bartending in general. New editions of existing works may also be nominated.

  • Beachbum Berry Remixed
  • Gin Compedndium by Gaz Regan
  • MudPuddle Books by Greg Boehm
  • Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

Criteria: The judges seek to reward innovative and thirst inducing cocktail menus. Both the design and content will be considered.

  • Death & Co, NYC
  • Lonsdale, London
  • Mayahuel, NYC
  • Rickhouse, San Francisco

International Bartender of the Year

Criteria: The absolute best drinks mixer in the world. The winner must have received international recognition of their work with their own recipes crossing borders to appear on cocktail menus in numerous countries. (US citizens are not excluded.)

  • Agostino Perrone, The Connaught Hotel, London
  • Brian Miller, Death & Co, NYC
  • Salvatore Calabrese, London
  • Sam Ross, Milk & Honey, NYC

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

Criteria: Only bars, which opened after 1st March 2009 may be nominated. This award aims to reward new creativity and ideas as well as well executed drinks.

  • Cure, New Orleans
  • Dutch Kills, Queens
  • Mayahuel, NYC
  • Rickhouse, San Francisco

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Criteria: Only truly world-class bars will be considered for this illustrious title. Some bars attain worldwide recognition and this award recognizes the very best of the best.

  • 69 Colebrooke Row, London
  • The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
  • Death & Co, NYC
  • Quo Vadis, London

Best International Brand Ambassador

Criteria: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person will work in an International capacity or in a Country other than the USA.

  • Angus Winchester, Tanqueray
  • Dan Warner, Beefeater
  • Jacob Briars, 42 Below
  • John Gakuru, Sagatiba

Best Bar Mentor

Criteria: Not everybody who is having an impact on the quality of the cocktails we drink are working behind the bar as bartenders. There are many people who are creating fine bar programs, training the next generation of great bartenders, and playing an active role in designing the bars we all love to drink in. This award is to recognize those individuals who, in their professional life, play a crucial role in raising the quality of bars, bartenders, and cocktails without currently working as a bartender.

  • Dale DeGroff
  • Robert Hess
  • Sasha Petraske
  • Tony Abou-Ganim

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

Criteria: The impact that some people have on the general cocktail community can span over the course of many years. There are individuals who have worked long and hard to change the industry and educate the public. This award is to provide special recognition to these individuals and the wonderful efforts they have undertaken.

  • Brian Rea
  • Gary Regan
  • Murray Stenson
  • Tony Abou-Ganim

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