Rising Star Mixologist Ezra Star of Drink - Biography

Boston, MA

March 2015

Ezra Star spent her early years in Venezuela, where, from a very young age, she was fascinated by her grandmother’s cooking. Not just simply observing, Star closely examined how dishes were made and the process by which a recipe—through her grandmother’s careful hands—yielded something exquisite.

Star’s mother noticed her daughter’s interest, and encouraged it by giving her American cookbooks, which also helped Star pick up English. She was driven to understand the complexity of structures, studying biochemistry and public health in school and working as a biochemist for years. Star also happened to take a job as a bartender outside the lab, and she became so fascinated with drink making and hospitality that she decided to make it a career.

In 2010, Star began working for the Barbara Lynch Gruppo as a barback at Drink. With only four years behind the bar, her accelerated growth earned her accolades and notices from industry veterans. In her role as general manager, Star is responsible for all aspects of the spirits and cocktail program, including product sourcing, education, and team development. And she oversees the process from recipe to execution, all while creatively fusing two generations of maternal influence and a naturally curious mind. In 2015, Star earned a StarChefs Rising Star Bartender Award for her work at Drink.