Spirited Awards names finalists in writing categories

After an extended judging deadline due to a “record number” of nominations, Tales of the Cocktail (TOTC) has named the 10 finalists in the writing categories of the 2019 Spirited Awards.

The New Orleans-based cocktail festival revealed the nominations for each category – with the exception of writing sectors – earlier this month, after receiving twice the number of nominations compared to 2018.

Each finalist was chosen by international judging committees that were made up of more than 175 cocktail and spirits professionals.

Paul Clarke, writing and media chair for the Spirited Awards, said: “The Spirited Awards judges received a surprising number of exceptional submissions this year.

“From newspapers to podcasts, to magazines and online media, the Spirited Awards give us an opportunity to celebrate some of the most creative, insightful and perceptive voices working today in drinks journalism.”

The top four finalists will be revealed on 24 June, with the awards ceremony due to take place during the TOTC festival on 20 July.

See below for the 10 finalists in each writing category in the 2019 Spirited Awards.

Best Cocktail and Spirits publication presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Class magazine
  • Cocktail Wonk
  • CocktailSafe.org
  • Collectif 1806 Magazine
  • Difford’s Guide
  • Drinkmagazine.asia
  • Neat Pour
  • Scotchwhisky.com
  • SevenFifty Daily
  • Thirsty

Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • Wayne Curtis, Imbibe Magazine, The Daily Beast, Garden & Gun
  • Dan Q. Dao, Liquor.com, Food & Wine, Vice
  • Camper English, Alcademics.com, CocktailSafe.org
  • Aaron Goldfarb, Esquire, Punch, VinePair
  • Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast, Wall Street Journal, Punch
  • Matt Pietrek, Cocktail Wonk
  • Kathleen Purvis, Imbibe Magazine, Garden & Gun
  • Clay Risen, The New York Times
  • Robert Simonson, The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, Punch
  • Hamish Smith, Class magazine

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

  • Batched & Bottled: Cocktails to Make Ahead by Max and Noel Venning
  • Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions by Alex Day, David Kaplan, and Nick Fauchald
  • I’m Just Here for the Drinks: A Guide to Spirits, Drinking and More Than 100 Extraordinary Cocktails by Sother Teague
  • Kitchen Cocktails: Recipes of the London Cocktail Club by JJ Goodman
  • Northern Hospitality with The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club: A Celebration of Cocktails, Cooking, and Coming Together by Andrew Volk and Briana Volk
  • The Art & Craft of Coffee Cocktails: Over 80 Recipes for Mixing Coffee and Liquor by Jason Clark
  • The Aviary Cocktail Book by Allen Hemberger, Grant Achatz, and Nick Kokonas
  • The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem: The Story of John Morrissey and the World’s Best Cocktail Menu by Jack McGarry, Jillian Vose, and Sean Muldoon

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

  • A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene
  • Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Female Bartenders by Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen
  • From Barley to Blarney: A Whiskey Lover’s Guide to Ireland by Jack McGarry, Sean Muldoon, and Tim Herlihy
  • Hacking Whiskey: Smoking, Blending, Fat Washing, and Other Whiskey Experiments by Aaron Goldfarb
  • Pisco Patrimonio by Adam L. Weintraub
  • Sakepedia: A Non-Traditional Guide to Japan’s Traditional Beverage by Jeff Cioletti
  • Spirit of the North: Cocktail Recipes and Stories from Scandinavia by Selma Slabiak
  • The Bourbon Bible by Eric Abram Zandona
  • The Gin Dictionary by David T. Smith
  • The Vermouth of Turin by Fulvio Piccinino

Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series presented by Tales of the Bartender at Large

  • Bourbon Up with Fred Minnick
  • Cocktails For You
  • Delightful Drinks
  • Living Proof: Conversations for Bartenders
  • Lush Life Podcast
  • Music and Booze with Mo
  • Shift Drink Podcast
  • The Speakeasy
  • WhiskyCast

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