Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Top 10 Finalists for the 2012 Spirited Awards®

Held during the 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail®, the Spirited Awards® will honor the world’s best bars, bartenders, writers cocktail experts and more.

New Orleans – May 17, 2012 – Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists for each award category have been chosen for the 6th Annual Spirited Awards®, recognizing the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts and more. American and international judging committees comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry selected the finalists for the 17 award categories. Winners will be announced Saturday July 28 at the Spirited Awards® ceremony being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, as part of the Tales of the Cocktail® 10th anniversary celebration.

“The Spirited Awards® ceremony is the night when the cocktail industry can step out from behind the bar to receive the recognition it deserves,” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®.

Through its annual Spirited Awards®, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes the bartenders, bars, writers and cocktail experts that continue to push the cocktail industry into new, exciting directions. To embody the ideals with which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards were developed to recognize both national and international honorees across 17 categories. From these top ten, the top four finalists from each category will be invited to attend the award ceremony on July 28, 2012. These top four finalists will be announced June 22, 2012. Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

Pernod Ricard USA will once again sponsor this year’s Spirited Awards®, the fifth consecutive year the company has participated in the event. Also, as part of the evening’s festivities, Beverage Media Group, Inc. will recognize 10 Up & Coming Mixologists, selected from participants of the Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentice Program.

Tickets to the Spirited Awards® ceremony can now be purchased online at TalesoftheCocktail.com for $65.00 for individuals or $650.00 per table of 10 seats. The Spirited Awards® are just one part of the historic 10th Anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® being held in New Orleans July 25-29, 2012. Visit the Tales of the Cocktail® website to learn more about the week’s spirited schedule of events.

Please see below for a complete list of nominee according to category.

 American Bartender of the Year

  • Eric Alperin
  • Jamie Boudreau
  • Derek Brown
  • Marcovaldo Dionysos
  • 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 – Queens, 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 S*x, 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

  • 69 Colebrooke Row – London, United Kingdom
  • Black Pearl –Melbourne, Australia
  • Callooh Callay – London, United Kingdom
  • Clover Club – New York, New York
  • The Connaught Bar – London, United Kingdom
  • Drink – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Eau de Vie – Sydney, Australia
  • Mayahuel – Manhattan, New York
  • Nightjar – London, United Kingdom
  • The Varnish – Los Angeles, California 

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

About Tales of the Cocktail®

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products. Tales of the Cocktail® returns in 2012 for a historic milestone—its 10th Anniversary of rocking the cocktail world. Join the celebration July 25-29, 2012 and see how Tales of the Cocktail® only gets better with age.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through programs like the new Apprentice Aid Fund, providing financial assistance to former apprentices in times of medical need, the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and the Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail®.

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail®, visit the website at

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