Join the 2023 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience

Are you a Master of the Manhattan? Enter now for a chance to be crowned a 2023 Manhattan Experience winner and receive $5,000, an immersive experience in Louisville, KY, and more.

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How the Manhattan Experience Works in 2023

The 2023 Manhattan Experience is Bigger than Ever. Instead of just one talented bartender taking home the cash prize and title of Master of the Manhattan, there will be a total of five grand prize winners. That means you’re five times as likely to turn your two cocktail recipes into $5,000 and an unforgettable trip to Louisville, Kentucky. There’s never been a better time to join the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience. Let’s get started! 

Online Submission
May 7-June 15
Online Submission
May 7-June 15

Register and submit your two cocktails, a Manhattan and original recipe, by the June 15 deadline.

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Online Judging 
June 19-July 5
Online Judging 
June 19-July 5

Blind judging begins immediately after submissions close. Regional winners will be selected by July 5.

Regional Finale
August 9-30
Regional Finale
August 9-30

The eight top scoring bartenders in each region will win a trip to a finale event where they will compete for the grand prize. The Regional Finales will take place between August 9-30.

Grand Prize
Grand Prize

The winners of each of the five regional finales will win $5,000 and a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for a four night stay that includes an immersive experience at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, along with educational training sessions. These winners will also be announced in articles running on the websites for Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure.

Share Your Recipes

Ready to compete for $5,000 and an unforgettable trip to Bourbon Country? Enter for a chance to win the 2023 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience today.

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Inside the Woodford Reserve Immersion Experience

The five winners of the 2023 Manhattan Experience will be rewarded with a four night stay in Kentucky, including an immersive tour through the iconic Woodford Reserve distillery, along with tastings and educational trainings with leaders and luminaries from the spirits world.

What Does It Take to Win the Manhattan Experience?

If you want to advance to the regional finale and compete for the grand prize, you should take a moment to understand how your two cocktail submissions will be judged. 

Your Manhattan

Your version of the Manhattan will be evaluated by the following criteria: 

  • Taste and Balance
  • Explanation for why this is the ideal Manhattan recipe
  • Intelligent use of Woodford Reserve
  • Technique, visual appearance & garnish
Your Original Cocktail

Your original cocktail will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Taste and Balance
  • City Inspiration Story 
  • Creativity/Incorporation of City in Cocktail 
  • Intelligent use of Woodford Reserve
  • Technique, visual appearance & garnish
Cocktail

Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation

The 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.

Complete Your Submission

Submit your entry for the 2023 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience today. If you’ve already registered for the competition, you can also sign in here.