The Manhattan is one of those classics that at its heart is a simple combination of three ingredients but when taking it to great heights then the devil is in the details. With this competition, I want to see your attention to the little details that can elevate this cocktail. Your thoughts behind the ratio and style of Vermouth. Choice of bitters. Your choice of glassware and garnish. How do you present this and how does this cocktail make you feel. In my perfect bar, once you sit in front of a great Manhattan, all the details come together to take you to another place. A great Manhattan engages all your senses.
Show off what you can do with
2 original Woodford Reserve recipes.
Liquor.com will host an immersive experience
for 40 regional semi-finalists at the Woodford Reserve
Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky
The finalists will compete in New York City, where one
bartender wins the title of Master of the Manhattan and
an all-expenses-paid trip to London.
Sign up to register yourself
and submit your recipes
Qualifying rounds are hosted
by participating markets
Educational distillery trip and
Semi-finals in Louisville, KY
The Manhattan Experience
Finale in New York City
The Manhattan is a three-ingredient timeless classic cocktail. However, it takes so much more to make this drink the memorable experience that it should be. Read the judges tips below to learn more about how to create a truly excellent Manhattan.
In addition, your entries will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria:
Your competition entries will be evaluated by these
cocktail and spirits luminaries from across the country.