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TOTC reveals Spirited Awards 2021 winners

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) has named the winners of its 2021 Spirited Awards, broadcast live in New Orleans yesterday (23 September).

Douglas Ankrar
Douglas Ankrah was given the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously

This year’s Spirited Awards announced winners for the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award, Pioneer Award, Timeless US Award, Timeless International Award, and the five Writing and Media awards.

The 15th annual Spirited Awards differed from previous years as the TOTCF made the decision not to focus on bars and bartenders as they could not be judged fairly as a result of the pandemic.

“We always knew we were a truly determined, tenacious community, but the way in which we’ve seen our peers navigate this year with such grace and grit has been nothing short of incredible,” said TOTCF CEO Eileen Wayner.

“Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is proud to recognise the winners of the 15th Annual Spirited Awards, and we thank them for their outstanding contributions that are advancing the beverage industry.”

The ceremony was broadcast at 4pm CST on 23 September. It concluded the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival, held in a hybrid format this year.

Check out the full list of the winners below:

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award presented by William Grant & Sons

Douglas Ankrah

Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller

Pioneer Award presented by The Blend

Chris Cabrera

Timeless International Award presented by Perrier

Dukes Bar at Dukes London, London UK

Timeless US Award presented by Q Mixers

Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Dukes Bar
London’s Dukes Bar secured the Timeless International Award
​​Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication presented by Diageo Bar Academy


Best Broadcast, Podcast, or Online Video Series presented by Diageo Bar Academy

Life Behind Bars with Noah Rothbaum & David Wondrich

Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing presented by TOTCF

‘The Myth of the Peaceful Plantation’ by Wayne Curtis, Half Full

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Diageo Bar Academy

Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes by David Lebovitz

Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History, or Spirits presented by Diageo Bar Academy

Spirits of Latin America by Ivy Mix with James Carpenter

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