Presidents Award

The Presidents Award is the highest honor PRSA Cincinnati Chapter can bestow on a non-public relations professional. The award honors a Cincinnatian who doesn't work in the public relations profession, but who uses PR essentials - strategy, storytelling and brand building - to bring positive awareness and build the positive reputation of the City of Cincinnati.

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Presidents Award 2018

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We're thrilled to announce that Molly Wellmann, craft cocktail mixologist, business owner, and author, is the recipient of Cincinnati PRSA's 2018 Presidents Award, the highest honor the Chapter can bestow upon a non-public relations professional. The award honors a Cincinnatian who doesn't work in the public relations profession, but who uses PR essentials - strategy, storytelling and brand building - to bring positive awareness and build the positive reputation of the City of Cincinnati.

Molly exemplifies these qualities and more. A native Cincinnatian and graduate of Colerain High School, Molly is credited with bringing craft-cocktail culture to the Queen City.  

From early on in her career, she immersed herself in the knowledge of classic cocktails and fine spirits; studying the history and proper preparation of classic cocktails invented in the 1700's to the 1950's. She uses these cocktails as a base for creating new and innovative drinks containing simple syrups, bitters, liquors and fresh juices.

Molly's passion for classic cocktails has turned into a career - she is now the sole proprietor and owner of Japp's Since 1879 in Over-the-Rhine and Myrtle's Punch House in East Walnut Hills, and author of "Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist's Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night."

In addition to her business interests, Molly is well-known for her charitable engagement throughout Cincinnati, donating her time and expertise to non-profit organizations throughout the city.

Molly has been featured in Cincinnati MagazineCincinnati Enquirerimbibe MagazinePeople MagazineCityBeat, and Cincy Chic, as well as many well-read blogs across the country. 

In addition to her Presidents Award honor, she is also regularly voted as the best mixologist/bartender in Cincinnati by readers of CityBeat magazine.

Molly was officially presented with the Presidents Award at the 2018 Blacksmith Awards.