Kelly Choi master of ceremonies @kellychoi
- Chris Morris master distiller at Woodford Reserve
- David Wondrich author of Imbibe!and Punch@davidwondrich
- Andy Seymour has an extensive cocktail related resumé @liquidpimp
This year’s Manhattan Experience featured cocktails:
Contest recipes in order of presentation:
Twitter hash tag #WoodfordNYC will get your posts with additional photos of drinks and the event.
Washington D.C.’s Charles Tappan presents his cocktail “The Lineage” : 2oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, 1oz Lillet Rose, 2 dashes bitters, 1 1/2 smoked honey ice cubes. Smoked honey ice cubes: boil 2 cups water w/ 1 cup honey. Add 1 1/2 oz. Lapsang Souchong tea. Let cool and freeze in ice cube tray.
Up next is Travis Fourmont’s “Midnight Manhattan” : 2oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, 1/2oz Italian Amaro, 1/4oz each cherry liqueur & bitter orange liqueur, 4 dashes orange bitters.
Marc Yanga with “The Jerry Thomas Experiment” : 2oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, 1oz Carpano Antica, 1/4oz orange curaçao, 3 dashes orange bitters
Kyle Grosz with “The Big Horse” Manhattan : 2oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, 3/4oz Cocchi Barolo Chinato, 1/2oz Original Combier, 2 dashes bitters.
Garron Gore shows off his “East of Hudson” Manhattan for the judges : 2oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, 1/2oz Carpano Antica, 1/2oz Punt e Mes, 2 dashes bitters.
Last but not least, here’s Christopher Ryan James making his “Far East Manhattan” : 2oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, 1oz sesame seed infused vermouth, 2 dashes bitters.
More detailed recipe instructions and photos of each drink and mixologist can be found on Bourbon Blog.
The 2013 4th annual Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Winner is…
Garron Gore wins audience favorite with his East of Hudson!
And the big prize goes to… Travis Fourmont’s “Midnight Manhattan.”