Dale DeGroff or "King Cocktail," as he is known in the industry, is the founding father of modern mixology. DeGroff is credited with reviving and reinventing the profession of bartending and pioneering a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails. He is a master mixologist who developed his techniques behind the bar at several notable establishments, including the Rainbow Room in the 1980s. DeGroff is the author of two award-winning books, The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail. He has received many awards including the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Tales of the Cocktail Helen David Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Cheers Beverage Industry Innovator of the Year. Dale also founded the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans.
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