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TALES OF THE COCKTAIL ANNOUNCES 2008 SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS
Winners Received the Exclusive Reidel Crystal Award NEW ORLEANS, LA – July 24, 2008 – Through the Spirit Awards, Tales of the Cocktail provides recognition to those individuals and establishments that have shown an outstanding talent for advancing the craft of the cocktail. To embody the ideals with which Tales of the Cocktail was originally founded, these awards will provide recognition to both national, as well as to local New Orleanians. Pernod Ricard sponsored this year’s second awards show. The 2008 Tales of the Cocktail awards committee is comprised of the following industry leaders: Simon Difford--Author of DiffordsGuide Helmut Adam-Editor of Mixology Magazine Jacob Briars - Vodka Professor for 42 Below Philip Duff – Cocktail Expert and Consultant to Bols Robert Hess -Founder of DrinkBoy.com Anistatia Miller – Author and Director of Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux Xavier Padovani – Global Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin Audrey Saunders – The Libation Goddess behind the Pegu Club LeNell Smothers – The Spirited Palate behind LeNells, NYC Jamie Terrell – Mixologist and Sagatiba Global Brand Ambassador Charlotte Voisey – Mixologist and William Grant Ambassador Angus Winchester – Playboy Bartender and Founder of Alconomics The 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards Winners were: World’s Best NEW Cocktail Bar Le Lion - Bar de Paris - Hamburg, Germany Best New Product
Fever Tree Mixers Best Cocktail Writing Gary Regan (San Francisco Chronicle) Best Drinks Brand Representative/Brand Ambassador Xavier Padovani – Hendrick’s Gin Best Cocktail Menu 1806 Bar in Melbourne, Australia Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book Imbibe by David Wondrich Best Classic Cocktail Bar Milk and Honey, New York City Best Drinks Selection Salvatore at Fifty Mixologist/Bartender of the Year Nick Strangeway – Hawksmoor, London, England World’s Best Cocktail Bar Milk & Honey New York Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award Dale DeGroff - King Cocktail About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to benefit hospitality industry members, produces Tales of the Cocktail annually. Its mission it so preserve the rich history of the restaurants and bars of New Orleans and the unique culture of dining and drinking famous to the city, while educating locals, visitors, and the hospitality industry about this culinary heritage. About Tales of the Cocktail Tales of the Cocktail, a culinary and cocktail festival features award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers in the New Orleans French Quarter at five days of cocktail events such as dinner-pairings, cocktail demos and tastings, seminars, mixing competitions, design expos, book-signings and much more. Measuring their success in garnishes, Tales of the Cocktail 2008, used 8085 mint leaves, 6 cups of Goji berries, 280 liters of lime juice, 350 liters of lemon juice, 2340 jalapeño slices and 6 thousand pounds of ice and for more than thousands of sippers! Save the date for next year’s Tales of the Cocktail, July 8-12, 2009. For more information, go to www.TalesoftheCocktail.com. ###