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Live Cocktail Masterclass with Woodford Reserve

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  1. Bottle of Woodford Reserve
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  2. Thalita Alves preparing a Woodford Reserve cocktail
    Photograph: Supplied/ Woodford Reserve
  3. Woodford Reserve
    Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

Learn how to make a refreshing Woodford Reserve Basil & Grapefruit Highball cocktail this Friday with our third Instagram live event

If, like us, you've been working from home the past few weeks, you'll have experienced the particular sting of missing Friday knock-off drinks. And with cocktail bars and whiskey haunts closed around the country, that longing for a professionally mixed concoction is all the more potent. Well, thanks to Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight bourbon whiskey, we've come up with a way you can make a top-notch cocktail with utensils you have at home and scratch your 'TGIF' itch while you're doing it. Sound too good to be true? It's actually easy peasy! Here's how you can get involved.

Where is it?

Put your tools down at 4.30pm on Friday May 8 and fire up your Instagram account. Time Out Sydney will be going live with global American whiskey brand ambassador of the year, Thalita Alves. Simply tap on the Time Out logo icon (where Instagram stories are) on our page when you see the "Live" label at 4.30pm. In this third iteration, Alves will be showing us how you can make a classic Highball cocktail at home while giving us some background info on American whiskey and Woodford Reserve. Prop your phone up in the kitchen (or wherever you designate your home bar) and follow along. And if you missed our first two live events, never fear, you can watch here to learn how to make a Smoked Maple Old Fashioned and here to master a Mint Julep.

What is it?

Woodford Reserve is a small-batch bourbon that is carefully distilled rather than being mass-produced. Each bottle is the result of an artisanal process that elevates the five sources of bourbon flavour – grain, water, fermentation, distillation and aging – for a distinct taste that is all its own. Woodford's distillers regularly release creative limited editions too, with exciting boundary-pushing bottles available every year. We're teaming up with the Woodford crew to bring you delicious and easy cocktails you can make with their elegant bourbon at home.

What do I need?

You're going to want to hop over to BoozeBud tout de suite to order the main ingredients. They will deliver your Woodford Reserve in around one business day (depending on where you live) and are offering a ten per cent discount if you enter the special code "TIMEIN" at checkout. You most likely have all the utensils needed at home, but never fear, Alves will be talking you through accessible alternatives if it's your first foray into DIY mixology.

Woodford Reserve Basil & Grapefruit Highball 

You'll need:


Woodford Reserve
Sparkling water or soda water
Basil leaves
Filtered water 


2 Highball glasses
A tablespoon
Measuring tools

Anything else?

We're also hosting a little competition to test your skills and create a fun at-home cocktail community while we're at it. Simply snap a pic of your Woodford Reserve cocktail once you've participated in Alves' masterclass and share it on your own social accounts using #WoodfordReserveFridays. We'll pick the winning Instagram post from this cocktail competition on Monday May 18, and Woodford Reserve will reward the winner with a stellar Woodford Reserve set worth a total of $231 RRP. The set includes:

- Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select, Kentucky Straight Bourbon 
- Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, Kentucky Straight Bourbon
- Woodford Reserve, Kentucky Straight Rye

So gather your things, call your mates, and get ready for one helluva stylish Friday knock-off drinks.

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