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The Ice Book is a Top Ten Nominee for a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award

I'm proud to say that The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts has been voted as a Top Ten Nominee for Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2024. The book was published a year ago May 23, 2023. 


Totc ice book top 10 2024


This book was rejected by every publisher my agent pitched for a year or so, and I was seriously looking into the economics of self-publishing. Then a small publisher made me a small offer and I took it. There have been some challenges working with them, but overall the book has done well. I owe a lot to brands who have purchased lots of copies to give out to audiences of my talks and events. 

Now the book has been recognized by a jury of bar industry experts at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards, basically the Oscars of the world of bars and booze. The next step will be to see if it is a top-four finalist - fingers crossed. 

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the book's photographer Allison Webber, stylist Nan Allison, and my agent Jonah Straus


Here is the full list of Top Ten Nominees:

Best New Cocktail or Bartending Book presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

  • How to Make Better Cocktails: Cocktail Techniques, Pro-Tips and Recipes by Sebastian Hamilton-Mudge, Natalia Garcia Bourke and Andy Shannon
  • Mr Lyan’s Cocktails at Home: Good Things to Drink with Friends by Ryan Chetiyawardana
  • Saved by the Bellini & Other 90s-Inspired Cocktails by John deBary
  • Signature Cocktails by Amanda Schuster
  • Slow Drinks: A Field Guide to Foraging and Fermenting Seasonal Sodas, Botanical Cocktails, Homemade Wines, and More by Danny Childs
  • Strong, Sweet & Bitter by Cara Devine
  • The Book of Cocktail Ratios: The Surprising Simplicity of Classic Cocktails by Michael Ruhlman
  • The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts by Camper English
  • TROPICAL STANDARD: Cocktail Techniques and Reinvented Recipes by Garret Richard & Ben Schaffer
  • Wild Drinks: The New Old World of Small-Batch Brews, Ferments and Infusions by Sharon Flynn

 The nominees in all categories is here.


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