This year’s Spirited Awards winners were announced at the start of the week. Below you’ll find links to two books that won 2020 Spirited Awards, and three books that earned nominations.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! We’ll feature all the books throughout the rest of 2020. Cheers!
Spirited Award Nominees
Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails by Christiaan Rollich and Carolynn Carreno: This book answers an intriguing question: What would happen if the farm-to-table approach were applied to classic cocktails?
Sip: 100 Gin Cocktails with Only Three Ingredients by Sipsmith: Mix yourself one of these 100 cocktails and sit down with the book to read stories and learn history and techniques.
Amaro Italiano by Matteo Zed: For those looking to completely nerd out about amaro, this is a can’t-miss book. At the moment, only the Italian version is available on Amazon. Target is taking pre-orders for the English version, “The Big Book of Amaro.”
Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book
The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World’s Greatest Drink, with Recipes by Robert Simonson: This New York Times writer manages to drill into the history of the Martini without bogging the reader down in the details. And with 50 recipes—including the one first published in 1888–you’re bound to find a new favorite Martini (or two).
Best New Book on Drinks Culture
Last Call: Bartenders on Their Final Drink and the Wisdom and Rituals of Closing Timeby Brad Thomas Parsons: Through photography, interviews and essays, Brad Thomas Parsons answers another compelling question: What’s the last cocktail some of the best bartenders out there would want to drink before they die?
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I’ve been studying and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. Like so many people, I started my journey in this business by working as a host, server and bartender. I was introduced to nightlife in Chicago, learning the ins and outs of nightclubs and after-hours hot spots.
After moving to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago, I both co-owned a valet company and helped promote the club it serviced. That led to me taking on the role of editor for a Las Vegas hospitality industry publication.
A few short years later, I continued along my journey of hospitality industry reporting. I went from contributing to a major industry outlet to taking on the role of editor and content curator.