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2014 Best Cocktails in America: Smoked Duck Manhattan

Not only has America’s love for cocktails grown tremendously in recent years, so has the skill of those who prepare them. Restaurant Hospitality’s editorial staff selected 29 top cocktails prepared by mixologists around the country. See all winners >>

Category: Whiskey/bourbon

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

Price: $12

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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