Are you a Master of the Manhattan?

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USBG and present the Manhattan Experience sponsored by Woodford Reserve!  All members are eligible to enter. You must select one of the competition cities listed below on your application. If you are selected, you will be responsible for any transportation to and from your local event. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 6th!


We are looking for Bartenders who are passionate about bourbon, the Manhattan cocktail, Woodford Reserve and what it means to create a truly meaningful cocktail experience. Over the course of this search, there will be multiple phases that test the ability of the country’s best bartenders. All online applications will be presented to the judges with no indication of the applicant's name, age, gender or workplace to determine the finalists that will compete live in 36 cities across the country, Puerto Rico, and Canada. One winner from each local competition will advance to a semi-final immersive educational experience at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky. Then, six of the top competitors will advance to the final competition in Manhattan, with one bartender being named the Master of the Manhattan and an all-expenses-paid trip to London Cocktail Week!


Your Challenge… Create two recipes:


1. An original cocktail that showcases your skill as a bartender.  This cocktail should highlight the attributes of whichever Woodford Reserve expression you choose to use, and be a cocktail that you would proudly serve to guests in your own bar.

2. Provide your ‘ideal’ recipe for the classic Manhattan cocktail, including the way you would serve it to guests.

One of your two cocktails must feature Woodford Reserve Bourbon as the base spirit. The second cocktail must feature Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked or Woodford Reserve Rye as the base spirit.



2018 Manhattan Experience Live Competition Cities
Dates TBD

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