Mixologist Karin Stanley of Dutch Kills - Biography

Long Island City, NY

August 2013

More often than not, kids start drinking alcohol as teenagers, not mixing it. But Karin Stanley was cocktail-keen from the start, or so her story goes: she started bartending in high school, around the age when other teens are experimenting with absurd mixers, and hasn’t look back since.

Fast forward 14 years and Stanley is not only one of the younger accomplished mixologists of New York’s incredibly competitive scene, she’s at the helm of her own place as co-owner of Dutch Kills. In fact, Stanley has her hands, so to speak, in several of New York’s more influential cocktail outposts. In addition to Dutch Kills, which brings the height of cocktail sophistication to Long Island City with fewer frills than thrills, Stanley is a regular bartender at venerated cocktail dens Milk and Honey and Little Branch.

Another sign of Stanley’s solid ascension, she’s a brand ambassador to New York for Lucas Bols USA. She’s also a member of LUPEC as well as the US Bartenders Guild, and generally maintains an active presence in cocktail culture. She and her work have been featured in Bon Appetit, Imbibe, Food & Wine cocktail editions, Wine Enthusiast, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Maxim, and more—many more, no doubt, to come.