Jeromy Edwards & his award-winning Cider Manhattan


After searching the country for the nation’s ultimate well-crafted Manhattans, Woodford Reserve bourbon and Esquire magazine have crowned Jeromy Edwards from Louisville, Kentucky and his “Cider Manhattan” as the “Master of the Manhattan” for 2009.

Edwards’ cocktail was reviewed by a distinguished panel of experts along with the seven other bartenders creations from across the country. Edwards and the other participant’s cocktails were critiqued on creativity, ingredients, presentation and taste. The judges included Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, Executive Chef Christopher Lee, MixologistJulie Reiner and Spirits Journalist Jack Robertiello. The judging took place at The Manhattan Experience at Esquire Soho in New York City on Monday, Nov. 9.

“There was some stiff competition from the other bartenders, and I didn’t expect to win, but the judges told me they thought my drink really stood out,” said Edwards.  “The whole time in New York was exceptional and I want to thank Woodford Reserve and Esquire for an amazing experience.”

Cider Manhattan Recipe:

2 oz. Woodford Reserve bourbon
¾ oz. Cider Reduction
½ oz. Antica Vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters
Grand Marnier flambéed cherry (preferably Rainier)

Flambée cherry in the martini glass, allowing it to caramelize. Place drink in shaker and turn, don’t shake. Pour into glass after it has cooled.

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