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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.

Story of the Month (May 2019)


The Legacy of Sasha Petraske Lives on in Upstate NY (for

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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.

Mixing It Up

A proper drink at the right time—one mixed with care and skill and served in a true spirit of hospitality—is better than any other made thing at giving us the illusion, at least, that we’re getting what we want from life. A cat can gaze upon a king, as the proverb goes, and after a Dry Martini or a Sazerac Cocktail or two, we’re all cats.
— David Wondrich, Imbibe!