diffordsguide.com triumphs in Spirited Awards 2013

diffordsguide.com took home two trophies in the Tales of the Cocktail 2013 Spirited Awards in an epic evening attended by more than 1,000 people with Chuck Norris (yes, really) on hand to make sure acceptance speeches didn't overrun.

Simon Difford took to the stage to accept the first award of the Great Gatsby-themed night: diffordsguide was named winner of the Best Cocktail Writing (Publication) category and beat off competition from Australian Bartender Magazine, Bar Magazine Digital and Imbibe magazine (U.S.).

diffordsguide editor Ian Cameron then missed out in the Best Cocktail Writing (Author) to veteran drinks writer gaz regan. But, in a shock move, gaz called Ian to the stage and surprised the audience by dedicating his award to him and insisting he took the trophy home instead. "I simply wanted you to win," he told Ian afterwards. What a gent - we promise we'll keep it safe for you gaz.

diffordsguide previously won a Tales of the Cocktail Best Cocktail Writing Award in 2010.

gaz also read out an open letter to Henry Besant, who died earlier this year, in a moving tribute that moved many of the audience to tears - cue shots of Olmeca Altos tequila all round.

Here are the results in full, with winners in bold:

Best Cocktail Writing - Publication

Australian Bartender Magazine
Bar Magazine Digital
Imbibe Magazine (USA)

Best New Book (Cocktail/Bartending)

Drinks by Tony Conigliaro
The Tequila Ambassador by Tomas Estes
To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Philip Greene
Vodka Distilled by Tony Abou-Ganim

Best American Brand Ambassador

Elayne Duff, Diageo Portfolio
Jamie Gordon, Absolut Vodka
Neyah White, Yamazaki
Todd Richman, Sidney Frank Portfolio

Best International Brand Ambassador

Claire Smith, Belvedere Vodka
Giuseppe Gallo, Martini
Ian Burrell, Rum Ambassador
Jacob Briars, Bacardi Portfolio

American Bartender of the Year

Charles Joly, The Aviary Chicago, Illinois
Eric Alperin, The Varnish Los Angeles, California
Leo Robitschek, The NoMad Hotel New York, New York
Sean Kenyon Williams & Graham Denver, Colorado

World's Best Cocktail Menu

American Bar at the Savoy London, United Kingdom
Pouring Ribbons New York, New York, USA
The Dead Rabbit New York, New York, USA
The Nightjar London, United Kingdom

Best Cocktail Writing - Author

gaz regan
Ian Cameron
Paul Clarke
Robert Simonson

Best Bar Mentor

Bridget Albert, Chicago, Illinois
Dushan Zaric, Los Angeles, California
Francesco Lafranconi, Las Vegas, Nevada
Julie Reiner, Brooklyn, New York

Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award

Salvatore Calabrese, Playboy Club London

Best American Cocktail Bar

Anvil, Houston, Texas
Clover Club, Brooklyn, New York
Cure, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Hawthorne, Boston, Massachusetts

World's Best Drink Selection

Canon: whiskey and bitters emporium Seattle, Washington, USA
Mayahuel New York, New York, USA
Saxon + Parole Restaurant New York, New York, USA
The Dead Rabbit New York, New York, USA

World's Best Hotel Bar

Clyde Common Portland, Oregon, USA
Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The NoMad Hotel New York, New York, USA
The Zetter Townhouse London, United Kingdom

World's Best Cocktail Bar

Callooh Callay, London, United Kingdom
Candelaria, Paris, France
Drink, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
The Varnish, Los Angeles, California, USA

Best Restaurant Bar

Island Creek Oyster Bar, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
No. 9 Park, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Saxon + Parole Restaurant, New York, New York, USA
The NoMad Hotel, New York, New York, USA

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

Clover Club Brooklyn, New York
Harvard and Stone Los Angeles, California
Sable Kitchen and Bar Chicago, Illinois
Saxon + Parole Restaurant New York, New York

World's Best New Cocktail Bar

Experimental Cocktail Club New York, New York, USA
Pouring Ribbons New York, New York, USA
The Dead Rabbit New York, New York, USA
The NoMad Hotel New York, New York, USA

Best New Product

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Aromatic Bitters
Dorothy Parker Gin
Ford's Gin
Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

International Bartender of the Year

Hidetsugu Ueno, Bar High Five Tokyo, Japan
Jack McGarry, The Dead Rabbit New York, New York, USA
Simone Caporale, Artesian Bar at the Langham London, England,UK
Zdenek Kastanek, 28 Hong Kong Street Singapore

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