RECIPE and The Master of the Manhattan

Frank Magnasco (courtesy photo)

Woodford Reserve®, the sponsor of and United States Bartender’s Guild, Inc.’s Manhattan Experience, is proud to announce the six finalists that will compete for the grand prize of “The Master of the Manhattan” and an all- expenses paid trip for two to London, in a final competition at The NoMad in New York City at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2018.

The Manhattan is a three-ingredient timeless classic cocktail. However, it takes so much more to make this drink the memorable experience that it should be. The Manhattan Experience is a national cocktail competition that gives talented mixologists across North America the chance to showcase their skills by creating their own unique twist on the classic Manhattan. This year’s finalists include:

  • Frank Magnasco, San Diego, CA Cocktail: The Tribeca
  • Emily Mitchell, Atlanta, GA Cocktail: Ode to Char
  • Chris Enns, Vacncouver, BC Cocktail: ‘The Only’ Woodford Manhattan
  • Sophia Kim, Richmond, VA Cocktail: Spot On Manhattan
  • Jesse Cyr, Seattle, WA Cocktail: Douro Manhattan
  • Leanne Favre, New York, NY Cocktail: Sly Smile

This year, the program saw hundreds of entries from around the country. The search began with regional competitions across 40 cities, where local bartenders competed for the chance to earn the title of “Best Manhattan” in each of their respective markets. Regional winners from the 40 cities continued to a semi-final educational event in Kentucky where six finalists were selected to advance to the final event in Manhattan.

The judging panel, which includes esteemed industry tastemakers such as Woodford Reserve’s newly appointed Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall, Julie Reiner, Charles Joly and Jacques Bezuidenhout. For additional information, please

About Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Old Forester, Sonoma-Cutrer and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us or check us out on Facebook at

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The Tribeca (courtesy of Frank Magnasco,bartender at Juniper & Ivy)

1.5 oz Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
0.75 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
3 dashes Orange Cream Bitters
2 dashes Woodford Spiced Cherry Bitters
Stir ingredients over ice until perfect, strain into chilled coupe glass. Orange peel pocket square garnish expressed over cocktail and glass then clipped to rim.