2021 Spirited Awards
The 2021 Spirited Awards® will move forward with awarding key categories that could still be equitably judged during an unprecedented year: the Helen David Lifetime Achievement, Pioneer Award, Timeless U.S./International Awards, and the (5) Writing and Media categories.
2021 Spirited Awards Timeline
May 10, 2021 – June 2, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
2021 Spirited Awards Writing & Media Top 10 Announced
2021 Spirited Awards Digital Playbill Live
Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards Directory Live
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM CST
LIVE Virtual 2021 Spirited Awards® Ceremony
Nomination Process | Writing & Media Categories | Pioneer Award | Additional Award Categories | Spirited Awards Regional Breakdown | 2021 Spirited Awards Celebration | 2021 Spirited Awards Ceremony | 2021 Spirited Awards Roundtables | 2021 Spirited Awards Committee | FAQs
2021 Spirited Awards Ceremony
The 15th annual Spirited Awards Ceremony will be broadcasted LIVE and FREE of charge to cocktail professionals and enthusiasts around the globe September 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM CST on the hybrid format of Tales of the Cocktail® 2021 and award the winners from the Helen David Lifetime Achievement, Pioneer Award, Timeless U.S./International Awards, and the (5) Writing and Media categories. TopAdd Ceremony to your TOTC2021 schedule - Available August 9th
2021 Spirited Awards Celebration
Since its founding in 2007, the Spirited Awards have become one of the industry’s most sought-after awards, recognizing beverage professionals, products, and establishments across every facet of the spirits and cocktail community on a global scale. However, given the drastic changes our industry faced in 2020, the Foundation must also change how we recognize our industry’s establishments’ and individuals’ accomplishments.
The design of the 15th Annual Spirited Awards celebration is to have our community feeling hopeful about the future. Although this year’s celebration of excellence in the spirits and drinks industry will be different, we invite you to join us for an extended celebration. Top
2021 Spirited Awards Roundtables
In addition to the limited awards presentation this year, the 2021 Spirited Awards celebration will consist of a series of regional roundtable discussions held at this year’s hybrid format of Tales of the Cocktail® (September 20 – 23).
Join the global network of 19 Regional Co-Chairs and over 200 Regional Committee Members identify voices in each Spirited Awards region, existing themes over the past year that have shaped the way the industry has adapted from COVID-19, as well as emerging themes poised to push the spirits community forward. TopAdd Roundtables to your TOTC2021 schedule - Available August 9th
Categories open for public nomination are NOT based on the volume of nominations submitted. It only takes ONE nomination to be considered for an award, self-nominations accepted and encouraged!
2021 Nomination Process
Writing & Media Categories
A person or establishment may not win the same category two years in a row and is limited to no more than two awards in the same category within five years.
Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication
Best Cocktail & Spirits Writing
Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book
Best New Book on Drinks Culture, History or Spirits
Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series
Each year, the Spirited Awards® judges also break down regional recognitions for these categories. Please find the breakdown of each region below:
US Regions - United States - East
US Regions - United States - West
US Regions - United States - Central
International Regions - Europe
International Regions - Middle East & Africa
International Regions - Asia & Pacific (APAC)
International Regions - Latin America & Caribbean (LPAC)
International Regions - Canada
Spirited Awards Committee
Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Spirited Awards® Committee, including Co-Chairs, Regional Committee Members, and Writing & Media Judges, is composed of respected bartenders, bar owners, educators, and writers from across the globe. Drawing on their years of experience and their knowledge of the current work being done locally, nationally, and internationally, together the Co-Chairs and Judges can evaluate nominees from far and wide to ensure that the Spirited Awards are inclusive and represent the breadth and diversity of the global drinks industry.
This Committee is dedicated to valuing the inclusion of the communities we serve by enlisting a judging panel that reflects their incredible diversity in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why did TOTCF decide to award some categories this year but not others?
Which awards will be awarded Spirited Awards for 2021?
Which categories will not be awarded Spirited Awards for 2021?
How can I nominate someone?
What is the schedule for this year’s Spirited Awards Process?
What does this mean for the 2022 Awards?
How does this specifically impact 2022 eligibility for bars and products that debuted in 2021?
When will 2021 winners be announced?
What can we expect from the 2021 Spirited Awards?
Where will these new voices that have not previously won an award be featured within your programming?
How are you selecting new voices and trends to spotlight for 2021?
Why are there no Philanthropy Awards in 2021? Or honorees, like there were in 2020?