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Tales of The Cocktail: Winners of the 2016 Spirited Awards

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Tales of The Cocktail: Winners of the 2016 Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail 2016 is officially in the books, and although we were sad that we were unable to attend this year, we hope that all those that attended had an amazing time. This year was the 10th annual Spirited Awards and we’ve got the full lineup of winners to help you plan you drinking bucket lists for 2016-2017.


American Categories

Best American Bar Team
ABV (San Francisco)

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

Best American Brand Ambassador
Colin Asare-Appiah (Bacardi)

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

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

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

Best American Restaurant Bar
Saxon + Parole (New York)

Best New American Cocktail Bar
Sweet Liberty (Miami Beach)

International Categories

Best International Bar Team
American Bar at the Savoy (London, United Kingdom)

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

Best International Brand Ambassador
Max Warner (Chivas Regal)

Best International Cocktail Bar
Happiness Forgets (London, United Kingdom)

Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar
Callooh Callay (London, United Kingdom)

Best International Hotel Bar
The Connaught Bar at The Connaught (London, United Kingdom)

Best International Restaurant Bar
Hawksmoor Spitalfields (London, United Kingdom)

Best New International Cocktail Bar
Oriole (London, United Kingdom)

Writing Categories

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Cocktail Lovers

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writer
Jeffrey Morgenthaler

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

Global Categories

Best Bar Mentor
Angus Winchester

World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Dandelyan (London, United Kingdom)

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

World’s Best Spirits Selection
Tommy’s (San Francisco, United States)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Sasha Petraske

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
The Connaught Bar in London.

Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.

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