Texan the 'Master of the Manhattan'

Marcelo Nascimento
NEW YORK -- The results are in, and a Texas mixologist has won the mantle of "Master of the Manhattan" for 2011.

Marcelo Nascimento of Austin was selected in the competition held here this week, co-sponsored by the Woodford Reserve distillery and Esquire magazine. He was among 11 bartenders selected after regional competitions to vie for the title.

(See my earlier story here for details of the event.)

Here's the winning recipe:

2½ ounces Woodford Reserve
½ ounce Amaro Averna
½ ounce Clément Créole Shrubb
½ bar spoon of pink peppercorns
Garnish with skewered blood orange supremes and inflamed orange peel.

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