For the past 11 years, the Spirited Awards have been bestowed to the world cocktail community at the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation celebration in New Orleans (really, where else would it be?). There are four finale nominees from Florida included in the American categories.
Three are in Miami. The fourth is Death or Glory in Delray Beach.
This is a big cocktail deal, but those who have tried Death or Glory know how serious it is about drinks. And the surroundings, and the glassware and the service. Which is why the bar is one of the 10 nominees for Best New American Cocktail Bar.
There are 25 award categories, with each nominee reviewed to make sure it met the category criteria, and then a panel of more than 150 judges voted for these nominees. There were more than 1,000 nominees for the categories.
Just attending can be a life-changing experience, as Delray’s El Camino bartender Jessie Bell found out when she went to Tales of the Cocktail in 2012. I talked to her for the April 2018 issue of Boca mag: “I fell in love with the world of cocktails and mixology. I don’t just make drinks now. That’s where things came to fruition,” she said.
The other 2018 Florida finalists are:
- The Anderson in Miami for Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar
- The Broken Shaker at The Freehand in Miami for Best American Hotel Bar
- Sweet Liberty in Miami for Best American Bar Team
The top four finalists in each category are being announced today, with the winners announced on July 21 at the celebration. If you’d like to attend the event at the Orpheum Theatre, tickets can be purchased here.
I think this calls for raising a cocktail glass in congratulations to Death or Glory!
(Photo by Aaron Bristol)
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.