Register for a chance to compete in

The Manhattan Experience

Extended Deadline: Bartenders now have until February 11 to enter a one-of-a-kind competition.

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How The Manhattan

Sign up to register and show off what you can do with 2 original recipes using Woodford Reserve.

The 39 semi-finalists representing their regional competition will experience an immersive trip to the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky.

The finalists will compete in New York City, where 1 finalist wins the title of Master of the Manhattan and an all-expenses-paid trip to London Cocktail Week.

December 18 – February 10


Sign up to register yourself and submit your recipes

March 11 – April 1


Qualifying rounds are hosted by participating markets

April 22 – April 25


Educational distillery trip and Semi-finals in Louisville, KY

May 20


The Manhattan Experience Finale in New York City

Meet the 2018 Master
of the Manhattan

Christopher Enns
12 parts
Woodford Reserve® Bourbon
8 parts
Lustau® Vermut Rojo
3 parts
Nocino Liqueur
1 parts
Odd Society® Mia Amata Amaro
1 dash
The Apothecary® 'Darkness' Bitters

Participating Regions

Relive the 2018
Manhattan Experience

Understanding the
Manhattan Experience

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The Manhattan is a three-ingredient cocktail and making this timeless classic is a memorable experience. Your entries will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria:

  • Taste, Balance, Presentation and Appearance
  • Creativity, Originality, Creativity and Relevance
  • Thoughtful use of Ingredients
  • Intelligent use of Woodford Reserve
  • Presentation and Appearance
  • Understanding of the Manhattan

Meet the Judges

Your entry will be evaluated by these
cocktail and spirit industry luminaries.




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