Woodford Reserve Blackberry Manhattan

Just whipped this up at the request of Seth Thompson of the Bourbon Review to promote our upcoming Summer Cocktails Class.



  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz cold-prep blackberry syrup


  1. Stir over ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a maraschino-soaked blackberry.
Woodford Reserve Blackberry Manhattan.
This recipe uses orange bitters.

That’ll Be $1,000, Please

My fellow bartenders Ron and Keith and myself crafting the 2012 $1,000 Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps. (Yes, someone already made a boy band comment.)

The Woodford Reserve $1,000 mint julep is the 6th most expensive cocktail in the United States and the only one of the top 10 to be offered regularly. (Once a year, anyway.) BTW – the photo in the link is of the KY Derby Early Times mint julep. The 2012 Woodford Reserve $1k Mint Julep was made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon, Kentucky spearmint, California lemon mint, barrel-aged mint sugar and barrel-aged vanilla sugar, and looks like this:

It was interesting to watch people’s expressions when we told them the price. Many people thought we were joking …