This form is to nominate your favorite in any category. (This portion of the process is for nominations only and is not part of the final voting.)
It only takes one nomination for a nominee to be considered, and the voting is left to the pre-selected judges after the nomination process is complete. Therefore, it is not necessary to submit more than one nomination per nominee per category.
Upon the close of the nomination period, all nominees that meet all criteria will be sent to the judges, who will vote on the final 3 nominees for each category.
The top 10 nominees for each category will be announced on Friday, May 17, 2013 on the TalesoftheCocktail.com.
The top 3 nominees for each category will be announced on Friday, June 7, 2013 on TalesoftheCocktail.com.
The final 3 nominees for each category will be invited to the Spirited Awards® Ceremony to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Nominations will end on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at midnight.
- Upon winning, a person or establishment is ineligible for nomination in the same category the following year.
- If a person or establishment has won a category twice, they are no longer eligible for nomination.
- To view past winners click here.
To learn more on the Judging Process, click here.
American Bartender of the Year
Criteria: From Jerry Thomas onwards, American bartenders have been amongst the most influential on drinks styles and cocktail culture in general. This award seeks to recognize the most influential American bartender today. The winner should be proficient at making all recognized classic drinks and also have created contemporary cocktails that have been copied by his/her peers. Nominees must actively be working behind the bar.
Best American Brand Ambassador
Criteria: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person must be working as an Ambassador full time in the USA. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.
Best American Cocktail Bar
Criteria: This award recognizes the influence on cocktail trends within the United States and seeks to award the country’s best cocktail bar. Menu, bar teams, atmosphere and cocktail quality are all considered.
Best Bar Mentor
Criteria: Not everybody who is having an impact on the quality of the cocktails we drink are working behind the bar as bartenders. There are many people who are creating fine bar programs, training the next generation of great bartenders, and playing an active role in designing the bars we all love to drink in. This award is to recognize those individuals who, in their professional life, play a crucial role in raising the quality of bars, bartenders, and cocktails without currently working as a bartender. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Criteria: Awarded to the bar that consistently delivers top quality cocktails at bars with 100 seats or more. This award celebrates those bars that deliver cocktail culture to the masses efficiently. Cocktails, lists, bartending and service are all considered.
Best Cocktail Writing
Criteria: Great journalism is one of the best ways to communicate to the general public the value and significance of great cocktails and related products. This award is for any non-book journalism (Magazine, Newspaper, Website, etc) that promotes bars, bartender, or cocktails in general. Please attach samples below. This award is split into two sub-categories: non-book author and non-book publication.
Best International Brand Ambassador
Criteria: An award which recognizes the importance of personality in the promotion of drinks brands and their creative use of brand communication to engage the trade and their ability to execute compelling education and seminars. This person should work in an International capacity or in a country other than the USA. Nominees must NOT be working behind the bar.
Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book
Criteria: The best book published in 2012 regarding cocktails, liquor, bars, bar design or bartending in general. New editions of existing works may also be nominated.
Best New Product
Criteria: This is awarded to what the judges consider to be the best newcocktail ingredient (spirit, liqueur, syrup or juice) or piece of cocktail equipment (muddler, shaker etc.). To qualify products must have been launched after March 2012 and must be on general retail sale in at least three US states as of March 31, 2013.
Best Restaurant Bar
Criteria: This award is for the restaurant bar that is dedicated to creating a great cocktail experience for their dining guests. Considerations will go to the approach they have to aperitif and digestive drinks, how well they work with the kitchen to pair cocktails with food as well as general bartending and mixing excellence.
International Bartender of the Year
Criteria: The absolute best drinks mixer in the world. The winner must have received international recognition of their work with their own recipes crossing borders to appear on cocktail menus in numerous countries. (US citizens are not excluded.)
World’s Best Cocktail Bar
Criteria: Only truly world-class bars will be considered for this illustrious title. Some bars attain worldwide recognition and this award recognizes the very best of the best.
World’s Best Cocktail Menu
Criteria: The judges seek to reward innovative and thirst inducing cocktail menus. Both the design and content will be considered. Nomination requires inclusion of PDF or JPEG copy of the menu being nominated. Please attach samples below.
World’s Best Drinks Selection
Criteria: A venue stocking an outstanding range of spirits and liqueurs. The judges will favor discernment as well as sheer number of bottles stocked.
World’s Best Hotel Bar
Criteria: The classic ‘American Bar’ played an important role in the history and development of cocktail culture. The judges are looking for hotel bars that uphold this tradition (but are not necessarily old) and offer five-star service and consistently well made drinks.
World’s Best New Cocktail Bar
Criteria: Only bars which opened after March 31 ,2012 may be nominated. This award aims to reward new creativity and ideas as well as well executed drinks.