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King of Cocktails DeGroff Hosted at Mixology Event

By November 27, 2022Rhode Island, Top News

Bartending legend Dale DeGroff was the guest of honor at a mixology event featuring Hendrick’s Gin at The Café in Westerly on Oct. 13. During the event, The Evolution of the Martini, DeGroff, known as the King of Cocktails and iconic cocktail tome author, was accompanied by Brand Ambassador Erik Andersson, Hendrick’s East, William Grant & Sons, who together led guests through an exploratory history of the martini and showcased cocktails featuring Hendrick’s Orbium Gin, a limited-release spirit with extracts of quinine, wormwood and lotus blossom. DeGroff’s work in the late 1980s at New York City’s Rainbow Room is credited for igniting the modern cocktail renaissance. His updated edition of “The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist” was released in 2020 and includes anecdotes from his 40 years of experience with recipes included, all making for a lively discussion. DeGroff’s contributions to the industry are numerous, with honors including his two-time James Beard Award recognition, a 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Lifetime Achievement Award and, in 2015, the New York Times naming him “one of the world’s foremost cocktail experts.”

Photos by Phil Halpern.

 

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