Enter the 2016 Manhattan Experience | Partner Tip

If you love Manhattans and the bartenders who make them, it’s time to listen up.

The Manhattan Experience, sponsored by Woodford Reserve, is a cocktail competition like no other. Liquor.com is on the hunt for the bartender who makes the very best Manhattans in the country—and the prizes are so very sweet.

Entrants must submit two recipes, one for a version of a classic Manhattan, made using Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon, and a second recipe for an original cocktail that features Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

To the victor go the spoils: The cocktails will be judged in four categories, and each of the winners from every regional qualifying round will be headed to Woodford Reserve Distillery for a comprehensive educational experience (the prize includes airfare and lodging). Six finalists will be chosen, and the finalists will be flown to New York City and put up in a luxe hotel—all to prepare for competing in the ultimate heat.

One grand prize winner will be chosen, then flown to San Francisco, where the winner will be the star of a three-part video series and feature article on Liquor.com.

Know talented bartenders who should enter? Tell them to sign up now. Submissions will only be taken from January 1, 2016 to January 31, 2016.

If your nominee wins, we’re guessing you’ll get free Manhattans for life.


Craft Carefully. Drink Responsibly.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2016

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