Mixologist TJ Lynch of Mother's Ruin - Biography

New York, NY

September 2015

T.J. Lynch found his calling as a bartender at the tender age of 9, when he started making gin and tonics for his parents and their friends. Albeit not his finest work, the act of mixing drinks struck a chord with Lynch. However, his first endeavors into the industry were as a chef not a bartender. Lynch cooked for seven years and eventually co-owned his own restaurant called Red Maple, in Baltimore, Maryland. After realizing his bigger passions for beverage, he took off his toque, made a permanent leap behind the bar, and moved to New York City.

Lynch worked in some of the city’s established spaces, such as Highlands in the West Village. Bartending gigs turned into management positions, which later allowed him to become a consultant.

In 2011, Lynch opened influential hot spot Mother’s Ruin in Nolita. A comfortable setting with a serious cocktail program, Mother’s Ruin showcases Lynch’s creativity and the culinary skills he amassed in the past two decades. Lynch’s creations have been featured in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Black Book, Imbibe, Ask Men, and Tasting Table. In summer 2015, he opened a seconf bar, Lorenzo’s, in Brooklyn.