Mixologist Lynnette Marrero of Drinksat6 - Biography

New York, NY

September 2016

Bartender Lynnette Marrero’s spirited career began when she accepted a job at New York’s Flatiron Lounge, working alongside cocktail savant Julie Reiner. Realizing she had a passion, Marrero made the transition from server to bartender. And after rising a senior bartender at Freemans, she moved to Elettaria in the West Village, where she worked with the Brian Miller to create an award-winning cocktail menu.

While at Elettaria, her passion for rum was ignited, which led Marrero to work for Diageo as a rum ambassador for two years and to the founding of her consulting company, Drinks at 6. With Marrero as beverage director of Rye House, the establishment won Time Out’s Eat Out Award for “Best New Cocktail Bar” and “Best Bar Restaurant Hybrid.” With her partner Jim Kearns, Marrero created the cocktail program at the Astor Room in the Kaufman Astoria Studios.

A leader among bartenders, Marrero is the founder of the New York chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, and in 2009 she was honored by the James Beard Awards as one of “America’s Leading Female Mixologists.” Spurred by this recognition, Marrero co-created Speed Rack in 2011, a national cocktail competition for women bartenders that raises money for breast cancer charities. She is also active with Taste of the Nation and City Meals. In 2015, Marrero was included by Food & Wine and Fortune Magazine as one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.”