Woodford Reserve Manhattan cocktail

2022 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience

Join the competition to enter the running for $5,000, a trip to New York City, and the title of 2022 Master of the Manhattan.

How the Manhattan Experience Works

The Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience is back in 2022. The three top finishers will win a significant cash prize, with the grand prize winner earning $5,000 and a trip for two to New York City. Share your finest Manhattan and an innovative original recipe featuring Woodford Reserve for a chance to become the 2022 Master of the Manhattan. Whether or not you join the competition or advance to the finals in Kentucky, we hope you stay safe and healthy this year.

Registration
12.22.21 - 02.28.22

Register and submit two recipes. Blind judging begins immediately following the deadline.

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Regional Events
March to April 2022

The top scoring bartenders advance to their regional event to compete for a trip to the distillery and the finals.

Distillery Trip + Finals
June 2022

Regional winners travel to Louisville, KY to tour the Woodford Reserve Distillery and compete in the finals.

Trip to New York City

In addition to the title of the 2022 Master of the Manhattan, the grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a trip for two to New York City.

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Register for a chance to compete in the 2022 Manhattan Experience and for $5,000, a trip to New York City, and the title of 2022 Master of the Manhattan.

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Manhattan cocktail made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Understanding the Manhattan Experience

A typical Manhattan has three ingredients, but a lot more goes into making a memorable version of the timeless classic. Your entries will be evaluated by the judges on the following criteria:

  • Taste and Balance
  • Creativity, Originality, and Relevance
  • Thoughtful Use of Ingredients
  • Intelligent Use of Woodford Reserve
  • Presentation and Appearance
  • Understanding of the Manhattan
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation
This year, Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience is partnering with the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation, which is an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers. Learn more here.

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