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: Tales of the Cocktail Foundation opens nominations for the 2022 Spirited Awards

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the opening of the 16th annual Spirited Awards® nomination period from February 15-March 8, 2022. Founded in 2007 to celebrate excellence in the drinks industry, the Spirited Awards has become one of the most internationally revered accolades, recognizing beverage professionals, products, establishments, journalists, and media across every facet of the global spirits and cocktail industry. 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.

The Spirited Awards are comprised of industry accolades, both domestic and international, writing and media awards, and select, overall awards that transcend regionality including World’s Best Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.

“Each year it is our distinct privilege to recognize the ingenuity and excellence of the cocktail community by presenting the TOTCF Spirited Awards, and this year feels particularly poignant given how hard our industry has been working,” said TOTCF CEO Eileen Wayner. “We are so appreciative of the dedication and tenacity of the beverage community, and we are honored to continue shining a light on the achievements of our colleagues through this recognition of the Spirited Awards.”

2022 Spirited Awards Changes and Updates 

In an effort to continually evolve alongside the dynamic cocktail community, the Spirited Awards Committee has thoughtfully reviewed the awards program and has implemented a number of changes to the 2022 process. This year’s Spirited Awards nomination process will return to recognizing the previously accredited categories such as the “establishments,” “people,” “books,” and “writing and media” categories; however, taking into consideration the impacts of COVID-19 over the past two years, the Spirited Awards Co-Chairs have agreed to retire the “Best International High Volume Cocktail Bar” and “Best U.S. High Volume Cocktail Bar” awards. Moving forward, bars that were previously considered for this category will now fall under either the “Best International/U.S. Cocktail Bar,” “Best International/U.S. Hotel Bar,” or “Best International/U.S. Restaurant Bar.” Additionally, while the Philanthropy Award has honored many outstanding efforts, it will also be retired from the Spirited AwardsAn overwhelming volume of remarkable people, organizations, brands and establishments have stepped up since the onset of the global pandemic to help the industry navigate this crisis; however, the TOTCF team recognizes that it’s so many more than could possibly be formally awarded. .

In August 2020, in the midst of nomination announcements, TOTCF made the decision to update its policy surrounding repeat winners. Recognizing that past Spirited Award winners have been honored for their achievements and will remain in the revered echelon of veteran winners, TOTCF decided to ensure that others who have not yet had this recognition would have the sole opportunity to be awarded for their work. Thus, previous Spirited Award winners are not eligible for a subsequent win for the same concept and category. Also, moving forward, if a bar has previously won “World’s Best Bar,” they are no longer eligible to win another Spirited Award, except for the “Timeless” award (which is selected through a different set of criteria).

As an additional change in 2022, the Timeless awards will now accept public nominations.

Nominations, Timeline, and Categories

The open-call nomination period for the “establishments”, “people”, and “writing & media” categories will run from February 15-March 8, 2022. The Regional Honoree list will be published in May, and the Top 10 lists will be announced in early June, with the Top 4 Finalists announced in late June.

The 16th annual Spirited Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 28, 2022, in partnership with the Tales of the Cocktail 2022 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans. Additional details will follow.

2022 Spirited Awards Categories Open for Public Nomination:

  • (International/U.S.) Bartender of the Year
  • Best (International/U.S.) Bar Mentor
  • Best (International/U.S.) Brand Ambassador
  • Best (International/U.S.) Bar Team
  • Best (International/U.S.) Cocktail Bar
  • Best (International/U.S.) Hotel Bar
  • Best (International/U.S.) Restaurant Bar
  • Best New (International/U.S.) Cocktail Bar
  • Timeless (International/U.S.) Award
  • World’s Best Cocktail Menu
  • World’s Best Spirits Selection
  • Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient
  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing
  • Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
  • Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series
  • Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book
  • Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits
  • Pioneer Award

The nomination form, which is also open for self-nominations, can be found on the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation website. It only takes one nomination to be considered for the 2022 Spirited Awards, and all nominations are accepted and encouraged. 

Spirited Awards Committee 

Spirited Awards® Committee Members are a collective of revered bartenders, bar owners, educators, and writers from across the globe entrusted with the meaningful decision of evaluating nominees based on a set of structured criteria. Drawing on their years of experience and their knowledge of the current work happening locally, nationally, and internationally, together the committee judges and evaluates nominees from far and wide to ensure that the Spirited Awards represent the range and magnitude of the global drinks industry. The Spirited Awards is not based on popular vote and all nominations are evaluated by their respective judging committees, even a single vote carries equal weight in the evaluation process.

“The Spirited Awards are supported by a broad pool of industry judges from across the globe,” said Spirited Awards Overall Chair Charlotte Voisey. “We are so grateful for their professional opinion and their objectivity, which are so crucial to the process of celebrating excellence in all of its forms throughout the cocktail world.”

Winners will be selected by a panel of over 100 industry experts, led by the following Chairs and Co-Chairs:

  • Spirited Awards Overall Chair
    • Charlotte Voisey
  • Spirited Awards International Chair
    • Jacob Briars
  • Timeless Co-Chair
    • Christine Sismondo
    • Colin Asare-Appiah
  • 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

To learn more about the Spirited Awards Committee and awards criteria, please visit the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards page.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Spirited Awards® and Forbes 

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is pleased to share that Forbes is returning as the official media partner for the 2022 Spirited Awards and currenly partners with the organization on editorial exploration of the interactive Spirited Awards Directory, as well as key themes and industry trends for the year.

TOTC 2022: Join Us in New Orleans for a Celebration of “Progress”

To toast the momentous 20-year anniversary of TOTC, the conference will return with a curated lineup of seminars, events, and, of course, imbibing all in the name of “progress” — the festival’s official 2022 theme. Chosen for its recognition of the nimble and adaptive development of the drinks industry, “Progress” showcases the transformative atmosphere and nature of the resilient cocktail community.

As a gracious offering to guests who want to join in celebrating 20 years of cocktail education and networking, Tales of the Cocktail’s 2022 official host hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans has provided a room block and special rate for attendees. The online reservation platform can be accessed via the Marriott website, here.

Please follow along for additional information on the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation websiteInstagramTwitter, and Facebook.