Tales of the Cocktail's 2010 Spirited Awards Honors the Best of the Cocktail Industry

New Orleans, LA- July 27, 2010 -- On July 24, a group of more than 600 cocktail enthusiasts from around the globe came together at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans to honor the best of the cocktail industry at Tales of the Cocktail's 4th Annual Spirited Award Ceremony. Through its annual Spirited Award Ceremony, Tales of the Cocktail provides recognition to those individuals and establishments that have shown an outstanding talent for advancing the craft of the cocktail. This year's awards show, sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA, honored fifteen individuals and establishments for excellence as determined by a judging panel of 30 of the world's foremost cocktail experts.


New York's Death & Co. walked away as the ceremony's big winner grabbing awards for Best American Cocktail Bar, World's Best Cocktail Bar and World's Best Cocktail Menu. Other honorees included Charlotte Voisey of William Grant & Sons as Best Brand Ambassador, Agostino Perrone from London's Connaught Bar of the Connaught Hotel as International Bartender of the Year and Brian Rea received the Helen David Lifetime Achievement  Award. Winners took home exclusive Riedel Crystal awards. See end of  release for the complete list of winners.


"Winning best brand ambassador is so special to me," said Voisey. "I owe a great deal of thanks to Tales of the Cocktail for their incredible support I have had and very generous platform Tales of the Cocktail provides to the world for mixology."


The show was hosted by emcee Billy Harris and featured celebrity presenter Bryan Batt from AMC's Mad Men as well as Tales of the Cocktail founder, Ann Tuennerman. The Spirited Award Ceremony will return during the 9th Annual Tales of the Cocktail, scheduled to be held July 20-24, 2011.


World's Best Drink Selection
Bar Lebensstern in Cafe Einstein, Berlin


Best American Cocktail Bar
Death & Co., New York City


World's Best Cocktail Bar
Death & Co., New York City


World's Best New Cocktail Bar
Mayahuel, New York City


World's Best Hotel Bar
The Connaught Bar, The Connaught Hotel, London


American Bartender of the Year
Murray Stenson


International Bartender of the Year
Agostino Perrone


Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh


Best Cocktail Writing
CLASS magazine


Best New Product
Celery Bitters, The Bitter Truth


World's Best Cocktail Menu
Death & Co, New York City


Best Bar Mentor
Dale DeGroff


Best American Brand Ambassador
Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons Portfolio


Best International Brand Ambassador
John Gakuru, Sagatiba


Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian Rea