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Woodford Reserve and Esquire Search for the Country’s Best Manhattan Cocktail

September 23, 2013 By: Nightclub & Bar


Woodford ReserveWith bourbon’s soaring popularity around the country, Woodford Reserve is kicking off its nationwide search for the country’s best Manhattan cocktail this fall with its Manhattan Experience bartender exhibition program.

Until November 15, Woodford Reserve and Esquire will host a series of bartender exhibition events in 30 cities around the United States. Bartenders will showcase their unique versions of the Manhattan cocktail during each of the Manhattan Experience events. Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris and a panel of judges will evaluate all bartender recipes to select each city’s Master of the Manhattan. From the winning recipes in each city, a total of six bartenders will then be selected to showcase their cocktails during the Manhattan Experience finale in New York City on January 13, 2014.

Participating markets include: New Orleans; San Francisco; San Diego; Los Angeles; St. Louis; Portland; Stamford; Savannah; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Pittsburgh; New York City; Milwaukee; Louisville; Detroit; Atlanta; Boston; Seattle; Cincinnati; Nashville; Orlando; Chicago; Denver; Hoboken; Phoenix; Annapolis; Indianapolis; Miami and St. Paul. For more information about the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience, please visit www.woodfordreserve.com/manhattanexperience.

“Woodford Reserve is a handcrafted bourbon with exceptional smoothness and is the cornerstone of a well-balanced Manhattan cocktail,” said Mia Simpson, Woodford Reserve associate brand manager. “Along with our partners at Esquire, we look forward to selecting the country’s best Manhattan.”

As the most complex and balanced of all bourbons, Woodford Reserve honors the spirit of crafting the ultimate cocktail. The perfect Manhattan, handcrafted with Woodford Reserve and its unique bitters, offers a modern twist to the classic libation.


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