Restaurant: The Trellis, Kirkland, WA
Creator: Joseph Jeffries, lead bartender
Inspiration: A unique twist on a classic cocktail.
Key Ingredients: Bourbon infused with duck fat, Carpano Antica, Luxardo, a mist of Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch and a house-made bourbon/Luxardo-soaked cherry
What the Judges Said: “We’re of the thought that the classic Manhattan is pretty perfect as is. However, Jeffries has done a fat wash with his version, and the duck essence brings an amazing dimension to this drink. Add to that a whiff of smoke from the Ardbeg, and you’ve got yourself a delightfully complex cocktail. It made us wish we had some duck tacos to scarf down with this bad boy.”
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