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Industry Icon DeGroff’s Book Signing Draws Fans

By September 30, 2021Rhode Island, Top News

The Ocean House hosted its ongoing Summer Author Series on Sept. 1, with this one showcasing “The New Craft of the Cocktail” author, Dale DeGroff, known as the King of Cocktails, or more simply, King Cocktail. An American bartender who The New York Times in 2015 called “one of the world’s foremost cocktail experts,” DeGroff is an industry icon. His recently released book is a culmination of his 40 years of expertise filled with anecdotes, history and recipes. Celebrated as the first to revive the great 19th century classic cocktails made with simple fresh ingredients at the Rainbow Room in the 1990s, DeGroff reinvented the bartending profession, setting off a cocktail revival that continues to this day. He is the winner of two James Beard Awards, the Tales of the Cocktail Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Wine Enthusiast 2018 Cocktail Legend Award, among accolades. Known in the trade as a trainer, presenter and mentor, DeGroff’s influence remains within the industry and with cocktail fans across the globe. Hendrick’s Gin East Coast Brand Ambassador Erik Andersson was on hand to introduce DeGroff, as was Ocean House Management Collection’s Group Wine Director Jonathan Feiler. Guests enjoyed a lively presentation, specially-crafted Hendrick’s Gin cocktails and gourmet small plates, along with a book signing by DeGroff.

Photos by Laura Widness.


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