The Queen of Cocktails in the Queen City

Molly Wellmann is a nationally renowned self-taught mixologist. She was born and raised in Cincinnati but moved to San Francisco for 12 years before moving back to her beloved hometown to be closer to her family. She has immersed herself in the knowledge of classic cocktails and fine spirits by studying the history and proper preparation of classic cocktails from books mainly . She loves studying about cocktails invented in the 1700′s all the way to the 1950′s. She uses classic cocktails as a base for creating new and innovative drinks containing simple syrups, bitters, liquors and fresh juices she makes herself.


Molly is honored to have been able to work at many popular, restaurants and bars throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and she is now a proud co-owner of Japp’s Since 1879, Neons Unplugged, and the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar.  She has recently been featured in Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Enquirer, Metro Mix, and Cincy Chic, as well as many well-read blogs. She was currently voted best mixologist/bartender for CityBeat magazine for 2010 2011,2012,2013, and 2014. Molly is also the author of Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night which is available online on Amazon and books stores all over!

We had a chance to sit down with Molly for a quick interview and this is what she had to say!

What drove you to becoming a mixologist?
I wanted to do something creative and be around people

What is your signature cocktail to make for someone?
I have thousands of them that it’s too hard to narrow it down to just one. It really depends on the person as well.

What is your personal go-to drink after a hard day?
A beefeater martini or a bit of bourbon is what I turn to after a hard day.

Since you’re a renowned mixologist is it hard for you to order a drink when out to dinner?  
I try to keep thing simple when I drink.

What are your top 3 tips when it comes to entertaining?
Serve punch so you can be with your guests , serve finger food, be a little butterfly and talk to all of your guests!

Can you give us a recipe for a cocktail that’s easy but a little different than the party regulars like sangria and margaritas?

Whiskey Ginger PunchWhiskey Ginger Punch
1 bottle bourbon
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup ginger syrup
2-3 cups ginger beer
Sliced limes
Nutmeg for garnish

Put every thing in a punch bowl and stir. Also add a big chunk of ice and serve with a sprinkle if nutmeg in punch cups.

Is there anything you would like our readers to know?
It’s always better to drink with friends them alone


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