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Dale DeGroff

James Beard Award-Winning Mixologist & Author of "The Craft of the Cocktail"

James Beard Award-Winning Mixologist & Author of "The Craft of the Cocktail"

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Dale DeGroff Biography

Celebrated for being the first to revive the great classic cocktails of the nineteenth-century with simple fresh ingredients from his helm at the Rainbow Room in the 1980s, Dale DeGroff reinvented the bartending profession, setting off a cocktail revival that continues to flourish to this day.

Winner of two James Beard Awards, a Tales of the Cocktail Lifetime Achievement Award, and Wine Enthusiast 2018 Cocktail Legend Award, DeGroff is also a founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.

A leading trainer and sought-after authority in the beverage industry, DeGroff is a founding partner of the award-winning Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) and author of "The Craft of the Cocktail." Published in 2002 and regarded as the “essential bartending guide” by the New York Times, his book has influenced the entire cocktail and hospitality industry. He released a thoroughly updated edition in 2020, collecting his 40 years of expertise and creativity into "The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist."

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 05/04/2024.

Dale DeGroff Speaking Topics

  • I'll Take Manhattan

    A tasting of five aromatic bitters (as opposed to single flavor bitters) first on their own, then each paired with 1 oz of a Rye (or bourbon if the client prefers) Manhattan. During the session we speak about the bitters, their history and ingredients, and the proliferation of commercial brands in the new Millennium. Optional, after the tasting a cocktail party with snacks featuriong a Manhattan are served with a choice of each individuals favorite bitters.

  • The Godfathers of Tiki

    An introduction to Don the Beachcomber, aka Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt and Trader Vic aka Victor Bergeron. We taste through drinks from these two influential, post-Prohibition geniuses who made millions happy with their fantasy tropical oasis in cities around the country and eventually around the world.

  • The Evolution of the Martini

    A journey beginning in 1888, with the first Martini recipe in print through the new millennium, documenting the changing recipes. Tastes from each era are offered through the session.

  • On the Town

    A history of the cocktail through stories, songs and five drinks.

Dale DeGroff Videos

  • Dale DeGroff making some cocktails and talking about his new book.
  • Watch Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff Make a Blue Florida Highball Cocktail
    Watch Dale DeGroff, an award-winning mixologist for Holland America Line, make a refreshing Blue Florida highball.
  • Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff Makes the Ultimate Whiskey Smash
    A James Beard award winner for Wine & Spirits, Dale Degroff's cocktails are featured across Holland America Line's fleet of ships. In 2015, The New...

Dale DeGroff Books

  • The Essential Cocktail: The Art Of Mixing Perfect Drinks
    The Essential Cocktail: The Art Of Mixing Perfect Drinks
  • The Craft of the Cocktail Deck: Artful Tips and Delicious Recipes for Serving Masterful Cocktails
    The Craft of the Cocktail Deck: Artful Tips and Delicious Recipes for Serving Masterful Cocktails
  • The Craft of the Cocktail : Everything You Need to Know to Make 500 of the World's Best Drinks and Host Legendary Parties
    The Craft of the Cocktail : Everything You Need to Know to Make 500 of the World's Best Drinks and Host Legendary Parties

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Dale DeGroff is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as I'll Take Manhattan, The Godfathers of Tiki, The Evolution of the Martini and On the Town. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dale DeGroff for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Dale DeGroff generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Michael Solomonov, Roy Choi, David Chang and Thomas Keller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dale DeGroff for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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