Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience Regional Finals 2019
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to compete alongside 6 other regional finalists in Woodford Reserve’s Manhattan Experience competition at Catch NYC. It was my first bartending competition and, although I didn’t win, I placed 2nd (a humbling, and encouraging, achievement). Here are a few shots of the other competitors, me mixing live while being judged, and my two cocktails: An Evening at Ashbourne Farms & the Kentuckian Harvest.
Discovering Genever - Netherlands, March 2019
Here is a very brief summary of my trip to the Netherlands / Amsterdam where I learned all about the unique, historic spirit that is Genever (essentially a blend of malt spirit - think whiskey, and juniper + other botanicals-infused neutral grain spirit - think gin). Learning about the spirit, culture, history and country was an absolute pleasure and a trip to remember. More to come on this topic..
Story of the Month (April 2019)
Where to Drink: Raised by Wolves, The San Diego Speakeasy for Connoisseurs (for Bourbon Review)
Recipe: It’s a Rasta Ting
This drink brings the heat with Fatalli pepper-infused Plantation Xaymaca rum & other delicious fruit and herbal flavors. Check out how to make it!
Barrel-Making, Whiskey-Drinking, and Southern Hospitality With Woodford Reserve
This feature highlights my experience in Kentucky with Woodford Reserve and the James Beard Foundation. If you’ve never experienced the food and drink in Kentucky, it will absolutely be on your list after reading this.