Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

Salvatore has just returned from attending Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, where at the Spirited Awards Dinner he was named as this year’s recipient of ‘The Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award’ Held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, for more than 1,000 guests, the awards are a huge event.

The masters of ceremonies were Simon Ford and Tom Caltabiano – supported by Chuck Norris’s stunt double, to make sure that the acceptance speeches didn’t overrun!

Salvatore said ‘It is a very entertaining evening and a great pleasure to see so many of my friends receive awards. But the biggest surprise came when my friend Simon Difford of Class Magazine took the stage in his Pearly King outfit to announce this year’s recipient of the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award: Salvatore Calabrese! What made it even more special is the wonderful introduction Simon gave me, which affectionately poked fun at how I like to name my bars and products after myself.’

Salvatore walked up to accept the award accompanied by the theme from The Pink Panther (it has been said that he looks like Peter Sellers!). Naturally delighted and surprised to be chosen, Salvatore joked that he hoped that this didn’t suggest that he was ready for retirement and went on to thank all his friends in the industry for recognising his achievements and how Tales of the Cocktail does an amazing job in promoting and encouraging high standards in the industry all over the world thanks to the hard work and dedication of ‘Mr and Mrs Cocktail’ Ann and Paul Tunnerman and their team.

The 2013 Spirited Award Winners:

American Bartender of the Year

Charles Joly
The Aviary
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Best American Brand Ambassador

Todd Richman
Sidney Frank Portfolio

Best American Cocktail Bar

Clover Club
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Best Bar Mentor

Julie Reiner
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Best Cocktail Writing – Author

Gary Regan

Best Cocktail Writing – Publication


Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

Clover Club
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Best International Brand Ambassador

Jacob Briars
Bacardi Portfolio

Best New Book (Cocktail/Bartending)

Drinks by Tony Conigliaro

Best New Product

Fords Gin
Best Restaurant Bar
Saxon + Parole Restaurant
New York, New York, USA

International Bartender of the Year

Jack McGarry
The Dead Rabbit
New York, New York, USA

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

The Dead Rabbit
New York, New York, USA

World’s Best Drink Selection

canon: whiskey and bitters emporium
Seattle, Washington, USA

World’s Best Hotel Bar

The NoMad Hotel
New York, New York, USA

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

The Dead Rabbit
New York, New York, USA

The Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

Salvatore Calabrese

Read more about this year’s convention below

NEW ORLEANS-July 21, 2013. Celebrating and culminating yet another successful Tales of the Cocktail, on July 20th, cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike gathered at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans to honor industry leaders at Tales of the Cocktail’s 7thAnnual Spirited Awards.The celebration was proudly presented by Tales of the Cocktail,The 86 Co., Bacardi USA,Beverage Media, Contratto, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, KRUG, Mountain Valley Spring Water, PernodRicard USA, Tanqueray, and William Grant & Sons.The Gatsby-themedawards show honored eighteen of the world’s top bartenders, brand ambassadors, bars, spirits, authors and more.

‘Being a judge, multiple nominee, presenter and winner of an award, I can tell you the process is even handed, the tension nearly unbearable, the pride immense and the exhilaration awesome!’ said Angus Winchester, 2012 Best International Brand Ambassador Winner and Judging Committee Member.

Hosts Simon Ford and Tom Caltabiano entertained 1,000 attendees, while The Crooners provided the fitting music that truly embodied the Gatsby theme.

Top Honors were split between two New York based bars. The Dead Rabbit took home three awards including World’s Best Cocktail Menu, World’s Best New Cocktail Bar and International Bartender of the Year for Dead Rabbit Bartender, Jack McGarry. Clover Club won Best American Cocktail Bar, Best High Volume Cocktail Bar, and Clover Club’s Julie Reiner was the winner of the Best Bar Mentor category. All award winners were honored with Reidel Crystal trophies.

‘Getting an award at Tales of the Cocktail is like having your favorite teacher whisper ‘you done good, kid’ in your ear. It’s the ultimate accolade in the bar biz.,’ said Gaz Regan, Bartender at The Dead Rabbit and Judging Committee Member

This year, the Spirited Awards also paid tribute to a beloved member of the cocktail industry, the late Henry Besant, with a tribute shot and awarded the Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award to Salvatore Calabrese for his many years of success in the cocktail industry.

Read more about the judging process for the Spirited Awards.

About Tales of the Cocktail

This summer the industry’s most influential bartenders and spirit lovers from around the globe will drink in every ounce of cocktail knowledge and culture at Tales of the Cocktail 2013. The world’s premier cocktail festival returns to New Orleans with another non-stop schedule of educational seminars, tasting rooms, Spirited Dinners, Spirited Awards, competitions and more. We guarantee you won’t leave thirsty at the 11th Annual Tales of the Cocktail, July 17-21, 2013.

For more information about drinking it in with us this summer, visit TalesoftheCocktail.com.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through programs like the Apprentice Aid Fund, providing financial assistance to former apprentices in times of medical need, the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and the Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail.