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Tales of the Cocktail announces first round winners of the 2020 Spirited Awards®

The first round of winners was announced by President General Charlotte Voisey on the Foundation’s digital platform.

For the first time in the history of the Spirited Awards, a virtual awards ceremony is being held. This time due to the Covid-19 pandemic. And that’s why this year’s theme is called “Catalyst”, which means “sparkling change”. In fact, this year’s winners represent a global class of changemakers.

This year’s winners represent a global class of changers. The winners are a reflection of the inspiring spirits industry that is expanding around the world, from Mexico City in the Americas to London and Singapore in Asia.

 

Awards announced on September 21st

AMERICAN CATEGORIES

  • Best American Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Café La Trova — Miami, FL

  • Best American Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Robin Nance — Beam Suntory

  • Best American Cocktail Bar presented by Pernod Ricard

Pacific Cocktail Haven — San Francisco, CA

  • Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy

ABV — San Francisco, CA

  • Best American Hotel Bar presented by Diageo Bar Academy

The Spare Room at The Hollywood Roosevelt — Los Angeles, CA

  • Best American Restaurant Bar presented by Woodford Reserve 

The Silver Dollar — Louisville, KY

  • Best New American Cocktail Bar presented by Elijah Craig

Silver Lyan — Washington, D.C.

 

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

  • Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura 

The Connaught Bar — London, UK

  • Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Camille Austin — Casa Lumbre Spirits

  • Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

Native — Singapore

  • Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar presented by Beam Suntory

Licorería Limantour — Mexico City, Mexico

  • Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation 

Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel — London, UK

  • Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Sober Company — Shanghai, China

  • Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Perrier

Kwānt — London, UK

 

WRITING AND MEDIA CATEGORIES

  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Half Full

  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

“JaNee: Where is She Now” by Aaron Goldfarb for PUNCH

  • Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson

  • Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Time by Brad Thomas Parsons

  • Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

WhiskyCast

 

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

  • Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tequila Fortaleza Winter Blend 2019

  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Perrier

ATLAS Bar — Singapore

  • World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory

Amor Y Amargo – New York, NY

 

Chairs of Spirited Awards

Below is a list of the Spirited Awards chairs responsible for overseeing this year’s selection process:

Overall Chair — Charlotte Voisey

International Chair — Jacob Briars

Central U.S. Co-Chairs —  Bridget Albert, Shaun Traxler

West U.S. Co-Chairs — Kiowa Bryan, Mary Palac

East U.S. Co-Chairs — Laura Cullen, Andy Seymour

Europe Co-Chairs — Guiseppe Gallo, Claire Warner

Canada Co-Chairs — Evelyn Chick, Lauren Mote

Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs — Richard Irwin, Stephanie Simbo

Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs — Camille Austin, Tato Giovannini

Asia Pacific Co-Chair — Hayley Morison

Writing & Media Co-Chairs — Paul Clarke, Sandrea Lawrence, Francois Monti, Matthew Rowley

 

Awards to be announced on September 24

The rest of the awards will be announced on September 24th, during the Spirited Awards Ceremony. Remember that the previous one 𝐑𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐀 𝐆𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐏𝐫𝐞-𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 starts on September 24th at 3:oopm (+7 CET).

Best American Bar Mentor, presented by BarSmarts;

Best International Bar Mentor, presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation;

American Bartender of the Year, presented by Pernod Ricard;

International Bartender of the Year, presented by Martini & Rossi;

Timeless American, presented by Q Mixers;

Timeless International, presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation;

Helen David Lifetime Achievement, presented by William Grant & Sons;

Philanthropy Honorees, presented by Santa Teresa 1796 Rum;

Pioneer Award, presented by Diageo Bar Academy.

 

Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.