At the 17th annual Spirited Awards in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail® on 27th July 2023 the incoming Grand Rectifier of the Gin Guild Desmond Payne was awarded the Helen David Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the world of cocktails.

The award was presented to him by old friends Jared Brown and Anistatia Miller.


About the Spirited Awards®

Since its founding in 2007, the Spirited Awards® have become one of the industry’s most sought-after awards, recognising beverage professionals, products, establishments, journalists, and media across every facet of the spirits and cocktail community on a global scale. The award categories spotlight a range of talent from bartenders, journalists, and brand ambassadors, to brands and media, to ensure each aspect of the industry is well represented and recognized for its contributions.

The Spirited Awards® are composed of industry accolades, both U.S. and International, writing and media awards, and a few highly coveted, overall awards that transcend regionality including World’s Best Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu.