Woodford Reserve Cocktail Contest

This week, I shot photos for a couple of bartenders from Martini Italian Bistro--a local restaurant and bar in Louisville-- for their upcoming Woodford Reserve cocktail contest entries. They had to submit their ideal Manhattan cocktail made with Woodford Reserve bourbon as well as an original inspired cocktail made with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

Bartender Alicia Orgel's 'perfect' Manhattan is equal parts Vya sweet vermouth and Dolin dry vermouth, Woodford Reserve bourbon, and aged aromatic bitters. Stirred, garnished with a cherry and a lemon twist.

Her original cocktail is the Persephone's Fury, a Woodford Doubled Oaked based drink with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, lingonberry puree, pomegranate shrub, and Bittermen's Hellfire habanero shrub. Garnished with a burnt expressed orange peel.

Bartender Jason Stark's take on the 'perfect' Manhattan:

His original, Woodford Went Down to Georgia, made with Woodford Double Oaked, vanilla bean soaked peach bruleed and then muddled with black walnut bitters, Vya dry vermouth, and Madagascar vanilla bean simple syrup.