GSN Alert: Casa Convite Bartender Residency Deadline is Sept 12th!

Casa Convite, Oaxaca’s most popular local brand of Mezcal, is launching a bartender exchange program designed to bring American bartenders to Oaxaca to live, work, and learn how to make Mezcal. 

You will get the opportunity to live and work from Casa Convite in downtown Oaxaca as part of their immersive Bartender Residency. In exchange for room, board, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to make Mezcal, you will be asked to work short shifts at Convite’s bar and teach one master class for Oaxacan bartenders. This experience is like no other in the industry!

Day 1: Travel into Oaxaca and Meet the Team

Day 2: Visit the Market, Try Oaxacan Food, and Guest Bartending Shift (7-11 pm)

Day 3: Visit the Palenque, Make Mezcal and Dinner at a Local Favorite

Day 4: Museo Gran Cochinilla Tour, Master Class Session, Mezcal Master Class with Jorge Vera with Special Tasting and One More Guest Bartending Shift

Day 5: Monte Albán Tour, Sporting Event

Day 6: Tour Agave Fields, Make Mezcal with the Experts

Day 7: Travel Home

Complete this form to apply!

GSN Alert: Garrison Brothers Distillery Announces 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America

Garrison Brothers Distillery, the award-winning first-legal whiskey distillery in Texas, is proud to announce the 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America kicks off on September 1, 2022. The nationwide creative celebration of all things bourbon, will run for the entire month of September, National Bourbon Heritage Month, at participating bars and restaurants.  

From September 1st to September 30th Garrison Brothers Distillery is partnering with America’s best bartenders and chefs, coast to coast, to make the nationwide phenomenon bigger and better than ever. Welcoming anyone of drinking age to toast and taste bourbon-inspired cocktails and bites, tastemakers will showcase their culinary and mixology love for Garrison Brothers bourbon by incorporating the distillery’s bourbon expressions into a unique, limited-time dish and/or cocktail special at their establishment.  

The 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America will take place across the nation across numerous states including but not limited to: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, and Texas.  

Enthusiasts and newcomers alike are encouraged to download the Garrison Brothers Bourbon Takeover Passport App to find the participating locations nearest them and “check-in”. By checking in and sharing one of the listed locations’ cocktail and/or dish features, participants will be entered to win a prize at the conclusion of the takeover – a custom Garrison Brothers branded barrel head serving tray, mixing glass, stirring spoon and jigger, for the ideal at-home Old Fashioned set up. The more one checks-in, the more chances they have to win. Ten participants with the most check-ins across the country will be selected to win the coveted prize package.  

Notable participants in this year’s Bourbon Takeover of American include: Phoenix Bourbon Room in Phoenix, AZ; The Beehive in San Francisco, CA; The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar in Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda, CA; Porta Via in Los Angeles and Palm Desert, CA; Whiskey Star Smokehouse in Breckenridge, CO; Brick House Tavern & Tap in Tampa, FL; Crazy Uncle Mike’s in West Palm Beach, FL; Rosebud Steakhouse in Chicago, IL; Dive Bar in New York, NY; Blue Corn Harvest in Austin, TX; CBD Provisions in Dallas, TX; Pinkerton’s BBQ in Houston, TX; The Hoppy Monk in San Antonio, TX. The full list of participating locations can be found on the Bourbon Takeover of America official website.  

“Bourbon Takeover of America is one of my favorite times of the year! Nothing brings me more joy than seeing folks from all over the country enjoying our fine nectar of the gods while supporting their local establishments and bartenders. It is such fun for us to see how each establishment across the country puts their own spin on our Garrison Brothers Texas straight bourbon whiskey,” shares Robert Cordes, Chief Marketing Dude, Garrison Brothers.  

In 2021, Bourbon Takeover of America garnered over 5 million impressions across digital and social media platforms resulting in tens of thousands of total clicks. Over 75 bars and restaurants participated and there were over 400 check-ins on the app.  

The 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America media partners include: 7×7; Creative Loafing Tampa Bay; CS Magazine; Culture Map Texas; Gotham Magazine; LA Weekly; Orange Coast Magazine; Palm Beach Illustrated; Palm Springs Life; Phoenix Magazine

The Garrison Brothers Bourbon Takeover Passport App is available for download in the Apple App and Google Play stores. All 21 years of age and older are welcome to participate. 

To find out more about 2022 Bourbon Takeover of America, go to www.bourbontakeover.com.  

For more information about Garrison Brothers’ award-wining ultra-premium bourbon whiskey go to www.garrisonbros.com 

GSN Alert: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana Raffling a Coveted Flight of 5 Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons

Back by popular demand, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) is raffling five Pappy bottles packaged as a flight. The raffle, which typically sells out quickly, kicks-off Aug. 1.

Each ticket will be sold for $100 each and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit families who stay at the House when they travel to Louisville for medical care for their children. All programs and services are free of charge to families.

“These five coveted bottles offered as a group directly support sick children and their families,” said Marc Abrams, a well-known bourbon expert based in Louisville. Abrams personally authenticated each bottle and recently appraised this raffle at $17,000. “This raffle has gained a cult following around the nation and I’m thrilled to help,” he said.

The rmhck.org flight includes one bottle each of Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year (2020); Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year (2021); Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year (2021); Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, lot b (2019); Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year (2020).

“We’ve chosen to sell 1,984 tickets to commemorate the year 1984, when Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana first opened its doors to families,” said Hal Hedley, the organization’s CEO.

Through the years, this raffle has made an enormous impact on the organization. RMHCK’s Pappy raffle efforts have directly raised $825,000 for the organization since 2019, providing 7,638 nights of comfort for families who travel to Louisville for medical treatment for their children.

“When we sell 1,750 tickets, we will hit $1 million raised through our Pappy Raffle,” said Hedley.

The flight will be raffled at 11am, EDT, Sept. 29. Winner does not have to be present. To purchase tickets: https://bit.ly/3AYMdCU

More details can be found at PappyRaffle.org.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana

Founded in 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana (RMHCK) is a Louisville, KY nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that provides the home and support that allows families to stay together while they focus on the healing of their sick children at a critical time. In partnership with area medical facilities, RMHCK also operates Ronald McDonald Family Room Programs at Norton Children’s Hospital, Frazier Rehab Institute and Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital where local families can seek respite. All programs and services are free of charge to families.

In 2021, RMHCK served 992 families for a total of 11,860 nights lodging. For more information, visit rmhck.org or connect with us at @RMHCKentuckiana on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces 2022 Spirited Awards® Winners

Lauren Mote

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is honored to announce the winners of the 2022 Spirited Awards®Since its inception in 2007, the Spirited Awards have become one of the most globally recognized accolades, recognizing beverage professionals, brands, media, journalists, and establishments across all areas of the cocktail industry. In partnership with Forbes, the Spirited Awards® official media partner, TOTCF honored the Spirited Awards recipients during an in-person celebration at the conference’s 2022 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

Recognized through the lens of this year’s conference theme, “Progress” — chosen for its appreciation of the nimble and adaptive development of the drinks community, the winners of the 2022 Spirited Awards have made strides in progressing the beverage industry forward. Honoring writers and brand ambassadors alongside bartenders and bars, the Spirited Awards showcase talent on a global stage. The evening’s award recipients were carefully considered by a panel of over 200 industry experts, led by Charlotte Voisey, the Spirited Awards Overall Chair. 

“The Spirited Awards celebrates excellence in our industry and this year’s winners embody that standard so well,” says Charlotte Voisey, Spirited Awards Overall Chair. “After a difficult few years, it is truly inspiring to gather together once more and see what these recognitions really mean to everyone nominated.”

In celebrating the growth and achievements of the drinks industry, the Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s winners, broken into International, U.S., Media & Writing, and Global categories, along with announcing the winner of the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award and World’s Best Bar. 

2022 Spirited Awards® Winners:

INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES

International Bartender of the Year presented by Patrón Tequila

  • Remy Savage — 🔶🟥🔵 A Bar with Shapes for a Name, London, UK

Best International Bar Mentor presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic 

  • Lauren Mote

Best International Brand Ambassador presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic

  • Martin Hudak — Mr Black Spirits

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura

  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Perrier

  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Amaro Montenegro and Select Aperitivo

  • Sexy Fish — London, UK

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Stranger & Sons

  • 🔶🟥🔵 A Bar with Shapes for a Name — London, UK

U.S. CATEGORIES

U.S. Bartender of the Year presented by Del Maguey

  • Chris Hannah — Jewel of the South, New Orleans, LA

Best U.S. Bar Mentor presented by BarSmarts

  • Sean Kenyon

Best U.S. Brand Ambassador presented by Libbey

  • Lynn House — Heaven Hill

Best U.S. Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Absolut Vodka

  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY

Best U.S. Hotel Bar presented by Grey Goose

  • Silver Lyan at the Riggs — Washington, DC

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar presented by Maison Ferrand

  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Aviation Gin

  • Happy Accidents — Albuquerque, NM

WRITING & MEDIA CATEGORIES

Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • VinePair 

Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • The Cocktail Lovers 

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • “Get Real: The bar world looks beyond feel-good measures on sustainability and climate change” by Max Falkowitz for Imbibe Magazine

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic 

  • The Japanese Art of the Cocktail by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails edited by David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum

GLOBAL CATEGORIES

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

  • Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic – Italian Orange 

World’s Best Cocktail Menu presented by Diageo Bar Academy

  • Little Red Door — Paris, France

World’s Best Spirits Selection presented by Beam Suntory

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon — Washington, DC

Pioneer Award Presented by The Blend

  • Amanda Gunderson – CEO & Co-Founder, Another Round Another Rally

Timeless International Award presented by Jägermeister

  • Harry’s New York Bar — Paris, France

Timeless U.S. Award presented by Johnnie Walker

  • Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel — New York, NY

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons

  • Julie Reiner — Co-Founder Clover Club, Leyenda, Social Hour Cocktails, & Mixtress Consulting

World’s Best Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK

Spirited Awards Directory

Tales of the Cocktail is excited to share the Spirited Awards® Directory in partnership with marquee sponsor Diageo Bar Academy with support from Angostura, Bacardi Limited, CAMPARI, Elijah Craig, Hendricks Gin, Tequila Fortaleza, and The Blend. Giving discerning imbibers a comprehensive compendium of all 900+ Spirited Awards winners and nominees from the past 16 years, the Directory is an interactive, global map created to easily guide guests to officially recognized Spirited Awards establishments.

This resource will be updated year over year, making it an easy-to-use tool to plan which bars to visit at home or when traveling. Use the Spirited Awards® Directory today to explore award-winning bars, including 183 bars added this year.

The Spirited Awards Chairs and Co-Chairs

Below is a list of Spirited Awards® Chairs, responsible for overseeing the judging process this year:

  • Spirited Awards Overall Chair
    • Charlotte Voisey
  • Spirited Awards International Chair
    • Jacob Briars
  • Asia Pacific Co-Chairs
    • Lorenzo Antinori
    • Pankaj Balachandran
    • Hayley Morison
    • Charmaine Thio
  • Canada Co-Chairs
    • Evelyn Chick
    • Sabrine Dhaliwal
  • Europe Co-Chairs
    • Guiseppe Gallo
    • Nicola Riske
  • Latin America & Caribbean Co-Chairs
    • Camille Austin
    • Jean Trinh
    • Tato Giovannini
  • Middle East & Africa Co-Chairs
    • Cassandra Eichhoff
    • Richard Irwin
  • U.S. Central Co-Chairs
    • Bridget Albert
    • Steva Casey
  • U.S. East Co-Chairs
    • Laura Cullen
    • Andy Seymour
  • U.S. West Co-Chairs
    • Kiowa Bryan
    • Mary Palac
  • Writing & Media Co-Chairs
    • François Monti
    • Paul Clarke
    • Matthew Rowley
    • Sandrae Lawrence
  • Timeless Co-Chair
    • Christine Sismondo
    • Colin Asare-Appiah

GSN Alert: Seagram’s 7 Gives Back to America’s Dive Bars

Seagram’s 7 Whiskey is partnering with actor and comedian, Iliza Shlesinger, to celebrate Dive Bar Regulars across the Country by picking up their bar tab and giving back to Main Street Alliance with the NEW “Regulars’ Rules” sweepstakes.

As part of the platform, adults (21+) across the US can visit https://www.seagrams7.com/regularsrules to submit their dive bar do’s and don’t’s for a chance to win $700, for the next 700 hours. About every 100 hours, Seagram’s 7 will select a new winner along with a new prompt for the next round–for 7 chances to win.

To help support these small businesses, which include dive bars that have been impacted over the past few years, Seagram’s 7 will donate $7 for every entry (up to $10,000) to Main Street Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting small businesses including dive bars.

Starting today, the Seagram’s 7 “Regulars’ Rules” National Dive Bar Day Sweepstakes is available for entry on https://www.seagrams7.com/regularsrules until August 5, 2022 (full terms and regulations are available for reference on the Seagram’s website). Until then, fans 21+ can celebrate National Dive Bar Day by entering the sweepstakes before they head on over to their favorite local dive bar.

Seagram’s 7&7 Cocktail Recipe: 

  • 1.5 oz Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended Whiskey
  • 5 oz. 7UP
  • Slice of lime

How to Make:

  • Add Seagram’s 7 Crown Blended Whiskey and 7UP soda to a highball glass with ice
  • Stir Well
  • Garnish with a Lime Slice

GSN Alert: North America’s 50 Best Bars 2022

Attaboy in New York, USA, takes the No.1 spot at the first-ever North America’s 50 Best Bars awards 2022, sponsored by Perrier

The inaugural list of North America’s 50 Best Bars, sponsored by Perrier, was announced at a live awards ceremony on June 7, 2022 at Capitale in New York. The new annual ranking features bars from across the North American continent, including the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. New York’s Attaboy is crowned No.1 as The Best Bar in North America, with Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy at No.2 now boasting the title of The Best Bar in Mexico, followed by Licorería Limantour, also in the Mexican capital, close behind at No.3.

Toronto’s Civil Liberties, at No.10, wins the title of The Best Bar in Canada, while Puerto Rico’s La Factoría, at No.12, earns The Best Bar in the Caribbean accolade. Overall, the USA leads the list with 29 bars, with Mexico fielding 11, Canada boasting eight and the Caribbean celebrating two top bars.

1-50 LIST

Position Bar City
1 Attaboy New York
2 Handshake Speakeasy Mexico City
3 Licorería Limantour Mexico City
4 Katana Kitten New York
5 Kumiko Chicago
6 Café La Trova Miami
7 Baltra Bar Mexico City
8 Dante New York
9 Thunderbolt Los Angeles
10 Civil Liberties Toronto
11 Zapote Bar Playa del Carmen
12 La Factoría San Juan
13 Kaito del Valle Mexico City
14 Sweet Liberty Miami
15 Café de Nadie Mexico City
16 Hanky Panky Mexico City
17 Double Chicken Please New York
18 Service Bar Washington, D.C.
19 Raised by Wolves San Diego
20 Sabina Sabe Oaxaca
21 El Gallo Altanero Guadalajara
22 Selva Oaxaca
23 Amor y Amargo New York
24 Jewel of the South New Orleans
25 The Keefer Bar Vancouver
26 Dear Irving New York
27 Overstory New York
28 Herbs & Rye Las Vegas
29 El Pequeño Bar Montreal
30 Employees Only New York
31 The Dead Rabbit New York
32 Broken Shaker Miami
33 Friends and Family Oakland
34 Death & Co (Los Angeles) Los Angeles
35 Mace New York
36 Death & Co (Denver) Denver
37 Arca Tulum
38 Mother Toronto
39 ABV San Francisco
40 El Floridita Havana
41 Bar Raval Toronto
42 Bar Leather Apron Honolulu
43 Clover Club New York
44 Bitter & Twisted Phoenix
45 Cloakroom Bar Montreal
46 Julep Houston
47 Bar Mordecai Toronto
48 Teardrop Lounge Portland
49 Bar Kismet Halifax
50 Genever Los Angeles

GSN Alert: Ultimate Spirits Challenge announces its 2022 results

Paul Pacult, judging director, and Tess Rose Lampert, assistant judging director Photo credit: Daniel Silbert

The Results Are In! Click here for all scores and awards

Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC), since 2010 the world’s most prestigious global spirits competition, today releases the results of the 2022 Challenge. USC 2022 proved to be the thirteenth consecutive year of record submissions. Entries arrived from more than 50 spirit-producing nations.

The judging, held through May and early June, determined 57 Chairman’s Trophy winners, 274 Finalists, 446 Great Values, and 143 Tried & True Award winners. As always, USC was conducted at the custom-designed Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) Evaluation Center, located in Hawthorne, NY.

Says UBC Co-Founder and Judging Director F. Paul Pacult, “Aside from being the largest USC ever, this year’s Challenge was likewise the most global, with an impressive array of quality distillates from places as far away from New York as China, Australia, Ecuador, India, and Chile. Virtually all categories saw healthy gains, most notably gin, Ready-to-Drink cocktails, mezcal, rum, tequila, rum, vodka, and all whiskey and brandy categories.

“Since producers tend to enter their top-shelf marques into USC, it’s clear that they look to us for the most accurate and unbiased data in the industry. We already look forward to USC 2023!”

GSN Alert: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces the Regional Top 10 Honorees for the 2022 Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the regional top 10 honorees for the 16th annual Spirited Awards® in an effort to recognize the depth of talent across our global spirits community. Since its founding in 2007, the Spirited Awards® have become one of the industry’s most sought-after awards, recognizing beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the spirits and cocktail community on a global scale. In partnership with Forbes, the Spirited Awards® official media partner, TOTCF will honor recipients during the Tales of the Cocktail® (TOTC) conference, which is returning for an in-person celebration in New Orleans from July 25-29, 2022. 

“Returning to an in-person celebration for our 20-year anniversary means it’s more important than ever to support one another and celebrate our phenomenal industry,” said Tales of the Cocktail Foundation CEO Eileen Wayner. “We are honored to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues in the cocktail community for their contributions to the industry, and offer our congratulations to all of this year’s regional honorees.” 

This year, an exceptional number of Spirited Awards® submissions were received across all categories, a testament to the hospitality industry’s continued participation in recognizing the hard work and achievements of our colleagues in the industry – even despite unprecedented hardships. In that spirit, the Foundation is proud to announce the Regional Top 10 honorees, broken into regions in the Asia Pacific (APAC), Canada, Europe, Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C), Middle East & Africa (MEA), U.S. Central, U.S. East, and U.S. West. 

2022 Spirited Awards® Regional Top 10 Honorees (in alphabetical order):

INTERNATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS

Best International Bar Team presented by House of Angostura

Best International Bar Team – Asia Pacific (APAC)

  • AHA Saloon — Taipei, Taiwan
  • Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
  • Havana Social — Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • MO BAR at the Mandarin Oriental — Singapore
  • No Sleep Club — Singapore
  • Tropic City Cocktail Bar— Bangkok, Thailand
  • Union Trading Company — Shanghai, China
  • Vesper Cocktail Bar — Bangkok, Thailand

Best International Bar Team – Canada

  • Atwater Cocktail Club — Montreal, Canada
  • Bar Kismet — Halifax, Canada
  • Bar Raval — Toronto, Canada
  • Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel — Vancouver, Canada
  • Mahjong Bar — Toronto, Canada
  • Milky Way Cocktail Bar — Montreal, Canada
  • Pourhouse — Vancouver, Canada
  • The Cloakroom Bar — Montréal, Canada
  • The Coldroom — Montreal, Canada
  • The Keefer Bar — Vancouver, Canada

Best International Bar Team – Europe

  • Le Calbar — Paris, France
  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Parovoz SpeakEasy — Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Salmon Guru — Madrid, Spain
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • The Cambridge Public House — Paris, France
  • The Clumsies — Athens, Greece
  • The Donovan Bar at the Brown’s Hotel — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

Best International Bar Team – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ALQUÍMICO — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Bar Las Brujas — Mexico City, México
  • El Gallo Altanero — Guadalajara, México
  • Gitano Jungle — Tulum, México
  • Hanky Panky — Mexico City, México
  • Kaito del Valle — Mexico City, México
  • La Factoría — San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Mar y Zielo — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Mulberry Project at La Zebra hotel — Tulum, México
  • Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best International Bar Team – Middle East & Africa (MEA)* 

  • Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Front Back Accra — Accra, Ghana
  • Galaxy Bar — Dubai, UAE
  • Josephine Baker — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • La Otra — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Lucky Shaker — Umhlanga, South Africa
  • Sin + Tax — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Spicehaus — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • The House of Machines — Cape Town, South Africa
  • The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill — JBR Dubai, UAE
  • Tipamara — Tel Aviv, Israel

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Best International Cocktail Bar presented by Tequila Fortaleza

Best International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)*

  • Bar TRENCH — Tokyo, Japan
  • BYRDI — Melbourne, Australia
  • Clipper — Auckland, New Zealand
  • COA — Hong Kong, China
  • JungleBird — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • MAYBE SAMMY — Sydney, Australia
  • Nutmeg & Clove — Singapore
  • Old Mate’s Place — Sydney, Australia
  • Sidecar — New Delhi, India
  • Southside Parlor — Seoul, South Korea
  • The Diplomat — Hong Kong, China
  • The Pontiac — Hong Kong, China
  • The SG Club — Tokyo, Japan

*Includes 13 honorees due to a tie

Best International Cocktail Bar – Canada

  • Atwater Cocktail Club — Montreal, Canada
  • Bar Mordecai — Toronto, Canada
  • Civil Liberties — Toronto, Canada
  • Cry Baby Gallery — Toronto, Canada
  • Grapes & Soda — Vancouver, Canada
  • Milk Tiger — Calgary, Canada
  • Paper Lantern — Calgary, Canada
  • Proof — Calgary, Canada
  • The Cloakroom Bar — Montréal, Canada
  • The Keefer Bar — Vancouver, Canada

Best International Cocktail Bar – Europe*

  • A bar called Gemma — Stockholm, Sweden
  • Cask — Cork City, Ireland
  • Freni e Frizioni — Rome, Italy
  • Laki Kane — London, UK
  • Paradiso — Barcelona, Spain
  • Parovoz SpeakEasy — Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Red Frog — Lisbon, Portugal
  • Salmon Guru — Madrid, Spain
  • Satan’s Whiskers — London, UK
  • Tayēr + Elementary — London, UK
  • Three Sheets — London, UK
  • Two Schmucks — Barcelona, Spain

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Best International Cocktail Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ALQUIMICO — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Café Ocampo — Mexico City, México
  • Carnaval Bar — Lima, Peru
  • El Barón Cafe & Liquor Bar — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Florería Atlántico — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Hanky Panky — Mexico City, México
  • Kaito del Valle — Mexico City, México
  • Selva Oaxaca — Oaxaca City, México
  • Selvática — San José, Costa Rica
  • Tres Monos — Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best International Cocktail Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Bolero — Batroun, Lebanon
  • Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Double Standard — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Front Back Accra — Accra, Ghana
  • Galaxy Bar — Dubai, UAE
  • Revolver Cocktail Bar — Nairobi, Kenya
  • Shinko — Cairo, Egypt
  • Sin + Tax — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The Art of Duplicity — Cape Town, South Africa
  • The Republic Bar & Grill — Accra, Ghana

Best International Hotel Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Best International Hotel Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)

  • Bar Trigona at the Four Seasons Hotel — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Charles H. Seoul at the Four Seasons Hotel — Seoul, South Korea
  • Flaggerdoot Cocktail Lounge at the Jackalope — Melbourne, Australia
  • Jigger & Pony at the Amara Hotel — Singapore
  • MO BAR at the Mandarin Oriental — Singapore
  • Origin Bar at The Shangri-La Hotel — Singapore
  • Punch Room at The Shanghai EDITION — Shanghai, China
  • The Bamboo Bar at the Mandarin Oriental — Bangkok, Thailand
  • The St Regis Bar HK — Hong Kong, China
  • Writers Bar at the Raffles Hotel — Singapore

Best International Hotel Bar – Canada*

  • 1608 Bar at the Fairmont Château Frontenac — Quebec City, Canada
  • Bar Artéfact at Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel — Québec, Canada
  • Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel — Vancouver, Canada
  • Clive’s Classic Lounge — Victoria, Canada
  • Clockwork Champagne & Cocktails at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel — Toronto, Canada
  • Library Bar at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel — Toronto, Canada
  • Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim — Vancouver, Canada
  • Nacarat at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth — Montreal, Canada
  • The Lounge at the Drake Hotel — Toronto, Canada
  • The Raven Room at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre — Whistler, Canada
  • Wilks’ Bar at Langdon Hall — Cambridge, Canada

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Best International Hotel Bar – Europe

  • Lyaness at Sea Containers London — London, UK
  • Mandarin Bar & Bistrot at the Mandarin Oriental — Milan, Italy
  • Pulitzer’s Bar at the Pulitzer Amsterdam — Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Punch Room at The Barcelona EDITION — Barcelona, Spain
  • St Regis Bar at the St Regis hotel — Venice, Italy
  • The American Bar at The Stafford London — London, UK
  • The Coral Room at the Bloomsbury Hotel — London, UK
  • The Donovan Bar at the Brown’s Hotel — London, UK
  • The Mezzanine at The Stratford hotel — London, UK
  • Widder Bar at the Widder Hotel — Zürich, Switzerland

Best International Hotel Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • ACRE Baja — San José del Cabo, México
  • Apache at The Click Clack Hotel — Bogotá, Colombia
  • Bekeb at the Hotel Casa Hoyos — San Miguel de Allende, México
  • Celajes Lounge Bar — Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Fifty Mils at the Four Seasons Hotel — Mexico City, México
  • Hotel B Relais & Chateaux — Lima, Peru
  • Mezcaleria Gota Gorda at the Soiree Boutique Hotel — Oaxaca, México
  • Nobu Los Cabos at Nobu Hotel — Los Cabos, México
  • Tigre at Hotel Casa Awolly — Mexico City, México
  • Townhouse Rooftop at Townhouse Boutique Hotel and Rooftop — Cartagena, Colombia

Best International Hotel Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Bulgari Bar at The Bvlgari Resort — Dubai, UAE
  • Bushwick at the Atlas Hotel — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Gigi Rooftop Restaurant & Bar at the Gorgeous George Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in the Imperial Hotel — Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Planet Bar at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sky 28 at the Kenzi Tower Hotel — Casablanca, Morocco
  • Tambourin Rooftop Lounge and Bar at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel — Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Willaston Bar at The Silo Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa

Best International Restaurant Bar presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Best International Restaurant Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)*

  • Bar Torino — Adelaide, Australia
  • Caffe Fernet — Singapore
  • Cork & Screw Country Club — Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Happy Stan — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • KOR Shanghai — Shanghai, China
  • KOR Taipei — Taipei, Taiwan
  • Shady Acres — Hong Kong, China
  • Skye Manila — Taguig, Philippines
  • The Continental Deli — Newtown, Australia
  • The Dragon Chamber — Singapore
  • The Reservoire — Bangalore, India
  • Union Bar & Brasserie — Jakarta, Indonesia

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Best International Restaurant Bar – Canada

  • Aloette — Toronto, Canada
  • Bar Kismet — Halifax, Canada
  • Bar Koukla — Toronto, Canada
  • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar — Halifax, Canada
  • Kissa Tanto — Vancouver, Canada
  • Le Majestique — Montreal, Canada
  • Pourhouse — Vancouver, Canada
  • Published on Main — Vancouver, Canada
  • Restaurant Yarrow — Edmonton, Canada
  • The Ostrich Club — Halifax, Canada

Best International Restaurant Bar – Europe

  • Angelita Madrid — Madrid, Spain
  • Bonhomie — Paris, France
  • Carico Milano — Milan, Italy
  • Ceresio 7 — Milan, Italy
  • Danico — Paris, France
  • Le Mary Celeste — Paris, France
  • Locale Firenze — Florence, Italy
  • Odori Vermuteria Di Atene — Athens, Greece
  • Sexy Fish — London, UK
  • Tjoget — Stockholm, Sweden

Best International Restaurant Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • Arca Tulum — Tulum, Mexico
  • CASA CAVIA — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante — Oaxaca, México
  • Celele — Cartagena, Colombia
  • El Destilado — Oaxaca City, México
  • La Mariposario — Lima, Peru
  • LEO — Bogota, Colombia
  • Mar y Zielo — Cartagena, Colombia
  • Mesa Franca — Bogotá, Colombia
  • Pujol — Mexico City, México

Best International Restaurant Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Amazonico Dubai — Dubai, UAE
  • Elgr — South Africa, Cape Town
  • Ferdinand — Beirut, Lebanon
  • LPM Restaurant & Bar — Dubai, UAE
  • Marble — Johannesburg, South Africa
  • MASTI – Cocktails & Cuisine — Dubai, UAE
  • Mawimbi Seafood & Cafe — Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sachi Heliopolis — Cairo, Egypt
  • The Athletic Club & Social — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Zuma Dubai — Dubai, UAE

Best New International Cocktail Bar presented by Stranger & Sons

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Asia Pacific (APAC)

  • Apollonia — Sydney, Australia
  • ARGO — Hong Kong, China
  • DEAN & NANCY — Sydney, Australia
  • Pearl Diver Cocktails and Oysters — Melbourne, Australia
  • Quality Goods Club — Hong Kong, China
  • RE — Sydney, Australia
  • Republic at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia — Singapore
  • Sago House — Singapore
  • Teresa Cocktail Bar — Napier, New Zealand
  • The Bellwood — Tokyo, Japan

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Canada*

  • Bar Pompette — Toronto, Canada
  • Chez Ernest — Montreal, Canada
  • Corsair — Toronto, Canada
  • Dear Friend — Dartmouth, Canada
  • Laowai — Vancouver, Canada
  • Major Tom — Calgary, Canada
  • The Chickadee Room — Vancouver, Canada

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Europe

  • a bar with shapes for a name — London, UK
  • Amaro Bar — London, UK
  • Isa Gastrobar at the Four Seasons Hotel — Madrid, Spain
  • Publiq. — London, UK
  • Quattro Teste — Lisbon, Portugal
  • Schofield’s Bar — Manchester, UK
  • Side Hustle at the NoMad — London, UK
  • SIPS — Barcelona, Spain
  • The Pineapple Club — Birmingham, UK
  • Wax On — Berlin, Germany

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Latin America & Caribbean (LATAM&C)

  • Bête Noire FM — Ensenada, México
  • Bootlegger Speakeasy Bar — Puebla, México
  • COCHINCHINA — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • HiddenBar — Lima, Peru
  • Lady Bee — Lima, Peru
  • LaUat bar — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Matilde Mi Amor — Guadalajara, México
  • Next Door — Georgetown, Cayman Islands
  • Osten — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Zapote Bar at the Rosewood Mayakoba — Playa del Carmen, México

Best New International Cocktail Bar – Middle East & Africa (MEA)

  • Dead End Paradise — Beirut, Lebanon
  • Fable — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mimi Kakushi — Dubai, UAE
  • Roka Dubai — Dubai, UAE
  • Sinnerman — Nairobi, Kenya
  • The Drinkery — Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tortuga Rum Bar — Nairobi, Kenya
  • Zioux — Johannesburg, South Africa

U.S. ESTABLISHMENTS

Best U.S. Bar Team presented by William Grant & Sons

Best U.S. Bar Team – U.S. Central

  • Half Step — Austin, TX
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Johnny’s Gold Brick — Houston, TX
  • Kumiko — Chicago, IL
  • Manolito — New Orleans, LA
  • Porco Lounge & Tiki Room — Cleveland, OH
  • The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL
  • The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX
  • The Sugar House — Detroit, MI
  • Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL

Best U.S. Bar Team – U.S. East*

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel — Washington, D.C.
  • Attaboy — New York, NY
  • Jaguar Sun — Miami, FL
  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY
  • Mace Bar — New York, NY
  • Proof — Charleston, SC
  • The Long Island Bar — Brooklyn, NY
  • Service Bar DC — Washington, DC
  • Silver Lyan at the Riggs Washington DC — Washington, DC
  • Sugar Monk — New York, NY
  • Ticonderoga Club — Atlanta, GA

*Includes 11 honorees due to a tie

Best U.S. Bar Team – U.S. West

  • Big Bar — Los Angeles, CA
  • Cleaver – Butchered Meats, Seafood & Classic Cocktails — Las Vegas, NV
  • Death & Co. at the Ramble Hotel — Denver, CO
  • Lady Jane — Denver, CO
  • Paper Plane — San Jose, CA
  • Rob Roy — Seattle, WA
  • Rumba — Seattle, WA
  • The Snug — Sacramento, CA
  • Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA
  • True Laurel — San Francisco, CA

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Absolut Vodka

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. Central 

  • Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 — New Orleans, LA
  • DrinkWell — Austin, TX
  • Julep — Houston, TX
  • Longfellow’s Other Room — Cincinnati, OH
  • Queen’s Park — Birmingham, AL
  • The Bamboo Room at Three Dots and a Dash — Chicago, IL
  • The Roosevelt Room — Austin, TX
  • The Violet Hour — Chicago, IL
  • The Whistler — Chicago, IL
  • Vault — Fayetteville, AR

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. East

  • Bar Goto — New York, NY
  • Bar Goto Niban — Brooklyn, NY
  • Katana Kitten — New York, NY
  • Mace Bar — New York, NY
  • Pearl Diver — Nashville, TN
  • Portland Hunt + Alpine Club — Portland, ME
  • Proof — Charleston, SC
  • Raines Law Room Chelsea — New York, NY
  • Service Bar — Washington, DC
  • The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club — Nashville, TN

Best U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. West

  • Bar Leather Apron — Honolulu, HI
  • Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour — Phoenix, AZ
  • Century Grand — Phoenix, AZ
  • Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen — Las Vegas, NV
  • Thunderbolt — Los Angeles, CA
  • Navy Strength — Seattle, WA
  • Occidental — Denver, CO
  • Teardrop Lounge — Portland, OR
  • The Snug — Sacramento, CA
  • Wildhawk — San Francisco, CA

Best U.S. Hotel Bar presented by Grey Goose

Best U.S. Hotel Bar – U.S. Central 

  • Bar Marilou at the Maison de la Luz — New Orleans, LA
  • Bourbon “O” Jazz Bar at Bourbon Orleans Hotel — New Orleans, LA
  • Evening Bar at the Shinola hotel — Detroit, MI
  • Hot Tin at the Pontchartrain Hotel — New Orleans, LA
  • Lazy Bird at The Hoxton — Chicago, IL
  • Midnight Rambler at the Joule — Dallas, TX
  • The Driskill Bar at The Driskill Hotel — Austin, TX
  • The Elysian Bar at the Hotel Peter and Paul — New Orleans, LA
  • The Library at the Detroit Club — Detroit, MI
  • Vaso Dublin at AC Hotel Columbus Dublin — Dublin, OH

Best U.S. Hotel Bar – U.S. East

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel — Washington, D.C.
  • Champagne Bar at The Surf Club Miami — Miami, FL
  • Dear Irving on Hudson at the Aliz Hotel — New York, NY
  • El Quijote at Hotel Chelsea — New York, NY
  • JIMMY at ModernHaus SoHo — New York, NY
  • King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York — New York, NY
  • L.A. Jackson at the Thompson Nashville — Nashville, TN
  • Orilla Bar & Grill at the Urbanica the Euclid Hotel — Miami Beach, FL
  • Silver Lyan at the Riggs Washington DC — Washington, DC
  • The Living Room at The Dewberry — Charleston, SC

Best U.S. Hotel Bar – U.S. West

  • ARDOR at The West Hollywood EDITION — West Hollywood, CA
  • Hey Love at The Jupiter — Portland, OR
  • Libertine Social at the Mandalay Bay — Las Vegas, NV
  • Little Rituals at the Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott — Phoenix, AZ
  • Mayor’s Table at the Lido House Newport — Newport Beach, CA
  • Mountaineering Club at the Graduate Seattle Hotel — Seattle, WA
  • Stella. at Hotel Sorrento — Seattle, WA
  • The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel & Swim Club — Palm Springs, CA
  • The Manor Bar at Rosewood Miramar Beach — Montecito, California
  • The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington— Los Angeles, CA

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar presented by Maison Ferrand

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar – U.S. Central* 

  • Automatic Seafood and Oysters — Birmingham, AL
  • Coltivare — Houston, TX
  • Copper Spoon — Fort Wayne, IN
  • Jewel of the South — New Orleans, LA
  • Kumiko — Chicago, IL
  • Monteverde — Chicago, IL
  • Rosie Cannonball — Houston, TX
  • Saba — New Orleans, LA
  • Spoon and Stable — Minneapolis, MN
  • Takoi — Detroit, MI
  • Thyme X Table — Bay Village, OH
  • Watershed Kitchen and Bar — Columbus, OH

*Includes 12 honorees due to a tie

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar – U.S. East

  • Café La Trova — Miami, FL
  • Chickadee — Boston, MA
  • Cosme — New York, NY
  • Crown Shy — New York, NY
  • Gramercy Tavern — New York, NY
  • Jaguar Sun — Miami, FL
  • Kimball House — Decatur, GA
  • Llama San — New York, NY
  • Macchialina — Miami, FL
  • Sunny’s at Lot 6 — Miami, FL

Best U.S. Restaurant Bar – U.S. West

  • Across the Pond — Phoenix, AZ
  • Bavel — Los Angeles, CA
  • Cleaver – Butchered Meats, Seafood & Classic Cocktails — Las Vegas, NV
  • L’Oursin — Seattle, WA
  • Otium — Los Angeles, CA
  • Redbird — Los Angeles, CA
  • Republique — Los Angeles, CA
  • Strong Water Anaheim — Anaheim, CA
  • Sunday Vinyl — Denver, CO
  • Tavernetta — Denver, CO

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar presented by Aviation Gin

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. Central 

  • Angel Share — Houston, TX
  • Apothecary — Dallas, TX
  • Bar Loretta — San Antonio, TX
  • Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel — New Orleans, LA
  • Dragonfly — Detroit, MI
  • Law Bird — Columbus, OH
  • Settle Down Tavern — Madison, WI
  • Supergeil — Detroit, MI
  • Tiki Tatsu-Ya — Austin, TX
  • Trash Panda Drinking Club — Houston, TX

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. East

  • Delbar — Atlanta, GA
  • Double Chicken Please — New York, NY
  • Hoja Taqueria — Miami, FL
  • Last Saint — Charleston, SC
  • Margot Natural Wine Bar — Miami, FL
  • O.K.P.B. — Washington, DC
  • Overstory — New York, NY
  • Temple Bar — New York, NY
  • The Bar at Audrey — Nashville, TN
  • The Sunken Harbor Club — Brooklyn, NY

Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar – U.S. West

  • Bar Maze — Honolulu, HI
  • Bicyclette — Los Angeles, CA
  • Forget Me Not — Denver, CO
  • Happy Accidents — Alburquerque, NM
  • Highball Cocktail Bar — Phoenix, AZ
  • Inside Passage — Seattle, WA
  • Kona’s Street Market — San Francisco, CA
  • Palmetto — Oakland, CA
  • Trade Winds Tavern — Seattle, WA
  • Yacht Club — Denver, CO

GSN Alert: For Cinco de Mayo, Cuervo is giving fans $10 to tip their bartenders big while out celebrating – starting April 28 through May 5

Jose Cuervo knows how integral bartenders are for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. That’s why this Cinco de Mayo, Cuervo is helping tequila lovers show their appreciation and “Tip it Forward” by giving away $10 to fans across the country, encouraging them to show extra gratitude while out celebrating and tip big.   

Bartenders and other industry workers have felt a lot of pressure over the past few years and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they’re quitting at higher rates compared to any other industry1. That stress is especially felt during holidays like Cinco de Mayo, which are a lot of fun for tequila fans, but can be extra challenging for those in the service industry.  

To further demonstrate its commitment to showing love to bartenders and other industry workers, Cuervo will match every dollar sent, up to $100,000, for a donation to the nonprofit Another Round, Another Rally. The organization provides reimbursement grants and immersive educational scholarships to hospitality workers, while also offering emergency assistance for industry workers who have fallen on unexpected hardship. It’s just another way to thank bartenders who help make Cinco de Mayo possible every year.   

You can request your $10 to “Tip it Forward” by visiting www.cuervo.com/tipitforward from April 28 through May 5. There, simply enter your name, email address, zip code and phone number. Daily winners will be randomly selected and granted their $10 through Venmo on May 5 before the giveaway officially closes at 9:00 p.m. EST.  

Follow along at @josecuervotequila on Instagram and @josecuervo on Twitter, or visit www.cuervo.com 

GSN Review: Hendrick’s Neptunia Gin Magic-of-the-Sea Spa Kit

Curious occurrences are common along the peculiar shores of the Neptunia Coast: mermaid sightings, six-legged starfish, strangely refreshing citrus trees that sprout sideways from the windswept cliffs. So the Neptunia Navy’s recent discovery of this Lost-at-Sea Trunk is not exactly extraordinary. What is extraordinary is the evidence of an ancient underwater spa! For a limited time only, an immersive spa (and sip!) experience only known to discriminating merfolk and friendly leviathans has come ashore.

Gather your fellow humans and let the kit’s seashell headphones, ocean projector, coastal playlist and Seaside Spell candle transform your landlocked environs into an aquatic oasis. Let the detoxifying seaweed mask (and a Neptunia Fizz or two) refresh your visage and your spirit as you plunge into this oceanic ritual, which benefits not only stressed-out terrestrials but the sea as well. All sales of the Neptunia Spa Kit benefit Project Seagrass, an organization dedicated to the preserving seagrass ecosystems our oceans depend on. Limited quantity while supplies last.

GSN’s Remarks: The spa kit is fun and much like what you might find when visiting an ocean themed resort. We especially enjoyed the ocean projector which when used in a darkened room, has shifting colors and relaxing music to set the mood. The candle and the mask allow for a deeper sensory experience. Our only critique are the seashell headphones, which although they look amazing, are very uncomfortable to wear for more than a minute (no padding). However, throw in a bottle of Neptunia, make a cocktail and settle in for a relaxing evening sans the cowrie headset. GSN Rating: A-

Meanwhile, Hendrick’s Neptunia is a limited release gin that captures the magic of the sea, infused with an exquisite blend of coastal botanicals. Master Distiller Ms. Lesley Gracie’s creation is hand-crafted on the Southwest coast of Scotland in the decidedly un-ginnish town of Girvan, tiny batches of only 500 lovely litres are produced at a time, which gives Ms. Gracie greater control of her careful artistry.

Hendrick’s Gin is created via an absurdly inefficient, yet quite glorious process. In essence, to make one gin, they first create two. One on an old-fashioned pot still, yielding a rich and intricate spirit. The other on along-necked Carter Head, producing a delicate, more refined spirit. Each still is infused with an unusual symphony of 11 botanicals. The gins from the two stills are then married together and graced with refreshing infusions of Rose and Cucumber. This odd method of making gin enables Hendrick’s to taste light, yet intriguingly complex. The result is a wondrously refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma, elevating any cocktail and all occasions. GSN’s Remarks: A dry, juniper forward gin with a healthy dose of citrus. It may be our imagination, but there also seems to be a salinity here which ramps up the flavors and brings them to the fore. After several seconds, notes of orange zest and peppercorn come through, ending with a near creamy mouthfeel. Quite tasty and zesty. Definitely try this with a top quality tonic, or if so inclined, in a Winston Churchill style martini. GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Hendrick’s Tiny Shop

#NeptuniaGin #Hendrick’sGin

GSN Alert: Help the Ukraine Bartending Community Save Their Country

Budmo is a Ukrainian cheering tradition. It can be translated as let us be. Their mission is to provide everyone who fights for Ukraine’s victory with a hot meal and physical resources to win this war.

BudmoUA supports people who defend the land, save lives and need our help. Every day a community of chefs, bartenders and volunteers cook food for 16,800 people in Ukraine, including their military forces, young mothers, people in bomb shelters.

They are doing their best to keep it running, but at some point the reserves will run out. There are plenty of people who would love to help Ukraine. This is why GSN is sharing BudmoUA with the world, so you can support them.

For more information go to: https://www.budmoua.world/

#budmoua

GSN Alert: Historic Downtown Long Grove Welcomes Back One of Chicagoland’s Biggest Craft Beer Festivals April 30 

Historic downtown Long Grove will once again transform into the suburb’s biggest beer garden on Saturday, April 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm for Craft Beer Fest.  Situated conveniently in the spacious lot in front of the event host, Buffalo Creek Brewing, the annual Craft Beer Fest is a homage to Long Grove’s beer-loving history.  Attendees get a one-of-a-kind experience with dozens of Chicagoland’s most renowned breweries outside under the spring sun with a vintage village as a backdrop.  In addition to unlimited 3 oz. tastes of participating breweries, Craft Beer Fest also features live music and local food options. 

“We’re thrilled to bring back our first big festival of the year after postponing the last couple seasons due to the pandemic,” said Ryan Messner, a spokesperson with Craft Beer Fest’s organizing group, the Historic Downtown Long Grove Business Association.  “This is the tasting experience of the year in one of Illinois’ most historic towns!”  

Long Grove’s picturesque backdrop helps set this beer festival apart from the rest.  The event gives ticketholders the opportunity to visit any brewer’s stations as much as they’d like to sample freshly brewed suds and get brewing wisdom from the pourer.  Along with beers and local wines from participating vendors, Craft Beer Fest will feature live music and food vendor options from hometown favorites.  

Event Summary Detail: 

Tickets (21 and over):     
•    Full Access – $40 early bird in advance through March 31st or $50 thereafter, available through the website link below.  
•    Non-Drinker / Designated Driver – $10 (includes unlimited water) 

Location: Stempel Parking Lot in front of Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 60047

Website: https://longgrove.org/festivals/craftbeerfest/ 

GSN Alert: Evan Williams American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund Opens 2022 Grant Applications

The Evan Williams American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund application period for the 2022 Veteran Community Action grants is now open. Eligible nonprofits that serve the veteran community can apply now through April 1, 2022 for the one-time grants.

As an American-made and American-owned Bourbon, Evan Williams is proud to support U.S. military veterans through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund. First established in 2020, the fund continues the brand’s support of veteran communities since launching the Evan Williams American-Made Heroes program and limited-edition label in 2015. To date, Evan Williams has recognized 42 veteran heroes on its American Hero Edition bottles and donated $450,000 to nonprofits. For the third consecutive year through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, Evan Williams will be donating up to $75,000 to veteran causes with each grant totaling between $4,000 to $6,000.

The purpose of the foundation is to provide a platform for sharing inspiring veteran stories, raising public awareness for causes impacting the veteran community, and supporting nonprofit organizations that help veterans and their families through a specialized grant program. To learn more about the organizations eligible for support, or to apply for a Veteran Community Action grant, visit https://american-madeheroes.com/grant.php.

GSN Alert: Spend Your Summer as Sierra Nevada’s Chief Strainge Officer

Today, more and more people are rejecting the traditional 9-5 corporate job and instead are pursuing careers based on causes and projects they’re passionate about. For those folks seeking purpose and adventure, Sierra Nevada is announcing a brand-new job position that will be impossible to pass up. 

Sierra Nevada is hiring a “Chief Strainge Officer” to spend their summer touring the Golden Coast with Sierra Nevada’s Strainge Beast hard kombucha brand. Not only will they get to drive the Strainge Beast van and capture content for social media, but they will receive unlimited hard kombucha for a year, music festival tickets, plane tickets to anywhere in the world, an adventure stipend AND a salary of $10K per month during the tour! 

This job search will be announced and open on March 9th to anyone in the US over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license and a unique passion for travel and strainge adventures.

  • HOW TO APPLY: Applications open March 9th and will stay open until the position is filled – click here to apply 
  • WHEN: May – August 2022 (for a training period and the summer tour) 
  • WHO: Anyone over 21 with a valid driver’s license and a unique passion for travel and strainge adventures 
  • TOP PERKS:  
    • $10K / month salary during the tour  
    • $200 Adventure Stipend to spend in each city of the tour on your days off (8 total cities) 
    • Two plane tickets to anywhere in the world (up to $5,000) to conclude this epic job assignment and help fund your next strainge adventure 
    • A year’s worth of Strainge Beast hard kombucha 
    • Attendance at Outside Lands Festival in SF with Strainge Beast