Plans are already in the works for this year’s World Cocktail Week, being held May 6 – 13 with fundraising events planned in cities around the world. The Museum of the American Cocktail celebration will be held May 13 in New Orleans with food, cocktails and music. Also, Chris McMillian and Dale DeGroff will attempt to create the world’s largest Fire & Ice Mint Julep. Proceeds support the Museum and its mixology series. Tickets for the New Orleans event are available here. For more information on WCW events click here.
To find out how your venue can participate or to become a World Cocktail Week Sponsor, e-mail info@MuseumOfTheAmericanCocktail.org.
The 16th annual Malt Advocate Whisky Awards were recently announced. Award winning spirits include:
Best Buy Whisk(e)y of the Year - The MacPhail's Collection (Tamdhu 8 year old, Glenrothes 8 year old, Highland Park 8 year old)
Artisan Whiskey of the Year (operating 10 years or less) - Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey (Batch #49)
American Whiskey of the Year - Parker's Heritage Collection "Golden Anniversary"
Canadian Whisky of the Year - Crown Royal Cask No. 16; Irish Whiskey of the Year - Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve (2009 release)
Scotch Whisky Blend of the Year - Compass Box Peat Monster
Scotch Whisky Single Malt of the Year - Ardbeg Corryvreckan
The Top Ten New Whiskies for 2009 also were announced; view them all at Malt Advocate editor and publisher John Hansell’s blog, www.whatdoesjohnknow.com.
When he banned the singing of “Danny Boy” at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant in New York City two years ago, Shaun Clancy caused worldwide uproar. But now he’s welcoming Danny Boy Whiskey with open arms. Foley accepted the first batch of the new Irish whiskey brand in the U.S. last week. In celebration, Foley’s offered a free “Danny Boy Sandwich” (essentially an Irish Breakfast served on a roll) and a taste of the new Danny Boy Whiskey to anyone who proved his or her name is Danny, Daniel, Dan or Danielle.