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Woodford Reserve and Esquire Magazine search for the Ultimate Manhattan

woodford_reserve_gr Woodford Reserve bourbon and Esquire magazine are teaming up to give eligible bartenders and at-home mixologists the chance to win a trip to New York City as part of the Craft the Ultimate Manhattan contest beginning this fall.

From September 15 to November 30, eligible consumers are encouraged to submit their own recipe online at www.wellcraftedmanhattan.com. Entries will be judged in the categories of taste, name, ingredients, creativity and presentation, and recipes must include Woodford Reserve bourbon as the primary ingredient. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Manhattan, while second and third place winners will receive prizes from Woodford Reserve and Esquire. Winners will be notified on or about December 20.

To celebrate the spirit of crafting the ultimate cocktail, Esquire magazine’s resident mixologist David Wondrich has developed the Esquire Manhattan featuring Woodford Reserve:

Esquire Manhattan

1.5 to 2 oz Woodford Reserve 1 oz. Martini & Rossi Red Vermouth 1/2 oz. Fernet Branca

Stir well with cracked ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and twist swatch of thin-cut orange peel over the top.

Grab your shakers, and start experimenting with your own recipes!