Mixologist Lynnette Marrero of Drinksat6 - Biography
New York, NY
Lynnette Marrero’s “spirited” career began when she accepted a job at New York’s Flatiron Lounge, working alongside cocktail savant Julie Reiner. Realizing her true calling, Marrero quickly made the transition from cocktail waitress to bartender. After learning the ropes at Flatiron Lounge, she became a senior bartender at Freeman’s NYC. This led Marrero to team up with Brian Miller, consulting and designing the bar program for Elettaria in Manhattan’s West Village, where she worked closely with the chef to create an award-winning cocktail menu.
But it wasn’t just culinary collaboration that sparked Marrero’s talents. While at Elettaria, her passion for rum was ignited—she worked to perfect the art of mixing rums, even spending a week shadowing the Zacapa Rum Master Blender in Guatemala. This opportunity led Marrero to work for Diageo as a Rum Ambassador for two years. She returned to consulting with her company Drinksat6. As beverage director of Rye House, Marrero won Time Out’s Eat Out Awards for “Best New Cocktail Bar” and “Best Bar Restaurant Hybrid.” With her partner Jim Kearns, Marrero also created the cocktail program at the Astor Room in the famed Kaufman Astoria studios.
Marrero isn’t just an advocate for mixology. She’s president and founder of LUPEC NYC, an organization committed to promoting women bartenders while raising funds for women’s charities. In 2011, Marrero co-created and produced Speed Rack, a national cocktail competition for women bartenders that raises money for breast cancer charities. Honored by the James Beard Awards as one of America’s Leading Female Mixologists in 2009, Marrero’s also the beverage chair for high-profile culinary events Taste of the Nation and City Meals.