Dale DeGroff

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Dale DeGroff (born September 21, 1948, Rhode Island), aka King Cocktail, is a US-American bartender and author.

In the late 1980s (from 1987 to 1999) he rose to prominence in the New Yorker Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room, where he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the classic cocktails.[1] DeGroff has since been credited with reviving the profession of bartending, he is a founding partner of the award-winning training program: Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR), a partnership of six of the world's leading spirits and cocktails authorities who provide training and credentialing in distilled spirits &mixology.

Industry awards include: the 2015 James Beard Who's Who in Food & Beverage, the 2009 James Beard Wine & Spirits Professional Award, the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from Nightclub & Bar Magazine, 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2007 CHEERS Beverage Industry Innovator of the Year with his partners, for Beverage Alcohol Resource. He is the author two best selling cocktail books: The Essential Cocktail (Random House), winner of the 2009 Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards, and The Craft of the Cocktail (Random House), winner of the 2002 IACP Julia Child Award.

In 2005 he founded The Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans, an eclectic collection of cocktail artifacts, books, and memorabilia.


  • 2002: The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes . Clarkson Potter. ISBN 978-0609608753
  • 2009: The Essential Cocktail (Random House)

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  • James Beard Awards, 2009 [1]