Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Spirited Awards® Winners

Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Spirited Awards® Winners

American Categories

Best American Bar Team: ABV San Francisco

Best American Brand Ambassador: Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)

Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar: Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas)

Best American Restaurant Bar: Saxon + Parole (New York)

American Bartender of the Year: Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common (Portland)

Best American Cocktail Bar: Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

Best American Hotel Bar: The Elephant Bar at The NoMad (New York)

Best New American Cocktail Bar: Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

International Categories

Best International Bar Team: American Bar at the Savoy (London)

Best International Brand Ambassador: Max Warner (Chivas Regal)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar: Callooh Callay (London)

Best International Restaurant Bar: Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London)

International Bartender of the Year: Hidetsugu Ueno of Bar High Five (Tokyo)

Best International Cocktail Bar: Happiness Forgets (London)

Best International Hotel Bar: The Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)

Best New International Cocktail Bar: Oriole (London)


Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication: Cocktail Lovers

Best New Cocktail & Bartending Book: 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 Schaffer

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer: Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Best New Spirits Book: Divided Spirits – Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production by Sarah Bowen


Best Bar Mentor: Angus Winchester

World’s Best Cocktail Menu: Dandelyan (London)

Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient: Stiggins’ Fancy Plantation Pineapple (Barbados)

World’s Best Spirits Selection: Tommy’s (San Francisco)

World’s Best Cocktail Bar: The Connaught Bar at the Connaught (London)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sasha Petraske

About Tales of the Cocktail®

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail® is the industry’s annual meeting place for exchange of new ideas, products and techniques.

Tales of the Cocktail® also produces a number of other events and programs such as Tales of the Cocktail on Tour®, Tales 365®, Tales of the Toddy® and New Orleans Daiquiri Month, all to further the mission of supporting and growing the international cocktail community.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

Tales of the Cocktail® is produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), a non-profit organization committed to supporting, promoting and growing the cocktail industry in New Orleans and around the world. In addition to offering opportunities to learn and acquire new skills through Tales of the Cocktail® events and Tales 365®, the NOCCPS invests the proceeds back into the spirits industry. Since 2008, the NOCCPS has invested more than $600,000 into programs like the Cocktail Apprentice Program, a tuition reimbursement program, the Apprentice medical aid fund, educational scholarships and a new health and wellness program for members of the hospitality industry.


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