For bar professionals, the mark of an expert is not the ability to throw together a garish, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink concoction. Nope, it’s the ability to make a perfect classic cocktail, over and over and over again.
If you think you’re the master of the Manhattan, Liquor.com invites you to enter the Manhattan Experience sponsored by Woodford Reserve, a competition that celebrates the drink—and its maker.
For the competition, entrants must make two cocktails: your version of the classic Manhattan, made with Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon, and a cocktail of your own creation using Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. The cocktails will be judged in regional heats, and the winner of each heat will be flown to Kentucky, where they’ll get the VIP Woodford Reserve Distillery experience.
Of the 34 regional finalists, only six will advance to the finals in New York (round trip airfare and lodging provided), where they’ll mix Manhattans in an intense battle for cocktail supremacy. The grand prize winner will be flown to San Francisco, where the winning bartender will be featured in a three-part video series and article on Liquor.com and revel in the glory of being the best Manhattan maker in all the land.
If you think you’ve got what it takes, enter the competition between January 1 and January 31. Then start honing your skills.