Jan. 6, 2022

TGC EP 8 - The Godfather with Dale DeGroff

On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Dale DeGroff, aka "King Cocktail," widely considered the spiritual godfather of the craft cocktail renaissance, shares colorful tales of his global upbringing and a trailblazing career in hospitality with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash.


On this episode of THE COCKTAIL GURU PODCAST, brought to you by Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Dale DeGroff, aka "King Cocktail," widely considered the spiritual godfather of the craft cocktail renaissance, shares colorful tales of his global upbringing and a trailblazing career in hospitality with hosts Jonathan & Jeffrey Pogash.

GUEST BIO

Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, 2009 James Beard Foundation Wine & Spirits Professional Award winner and 2015 James Beard Foundation Who’s Who in Food & Beverage, developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at New York's legendary Rainbow Room, pioneering a gourmet approach to classic cocktails. DeGroff is a founding partner of the award-winning Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR), a partnership of six of the world's leading spirits and cocktail authorities who together provide expert training in distilled spirits and mixology. DeGroff is the author three cocktail books: The New Craft of the Cocktail (Penguin Random House), The Essential Cocktail (Random House)—winner of the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards' Best New Cocktail/Bartending Book—and The Craft of the Cocktail (Random House)—winner of the 2002 IACP Julia Child Award. Dale is also the founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail. Additionally, DeGroff partnered with renowned absinthe distiller Ted Breaux to develop Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters.

 

FURTHER READING

Personal Website

http://www.kingcocktail.com

 

Books

The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist, with 500 Recipes (2020) (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/600408/the-new-craft-of-the-cocktail-by-dale-degroff)

The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks (2008) (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/38685/the-essential-cocktail-by-dale-degroff)

The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes (2002) (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/38683/the-craft-of-the-cocktail-by-dale-degroff)

 

Press

"Why the Sour Recipes Changed in Dale DeGroff's New Book" - Alcademics (November 21, 2020) (https://www.alcademics.com/2020/11/why-the-sour-recipes-changed-in-dale-degroffs-new-book.html)

"Meet Dale DeGroff, the Father of the Rebirth of the Cocktail" - The Daily Beast (October 22, 2020) (https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-dale-degroff-the-father-of-the-rebirth-of-the-cocktail-the-life-behind-bars-podcast)

"Q&A: Dale DeGroff" - Imbibe (August 21, 2020) (https://imbibemagazine.com/qa-dale-degroff)

"The King of Cocktails: Dale DeGroff, of Pawcatuck, is renowned as a trailblazing mixologist" - The Day (August 6, 2020) (https://www.theday.com/article/20200806/ENT18/200809643)

"Q&A: Dale DeGroff—The godfather of craft cocktails on his new book, the future of bars, and the joy of drinking cheap beer over ice." - New York (August 3, 2020) (https://www.grubstreet.com/2020/08/dale-degroff-is-optimistic-about-the-future-of-bars.html)

"The 10 Cocktails That Made My Career: Dale DeGroff: The pioneering barkeep takes us on a journey through the early days of the craft-cocktail renaissance." - First We Feast (October 21, 2013) (https://firstwefeast.com/drink/2013/10/dale-degroff-10-career-changing-cocktails)

 

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