New York, NY
Lynnette Marrero’s “spirited” career began when she accepted a job at New York’s Flatiron Lounge alongside cocktail savant Julie Reiner. Marrero quickly made the transition from cocktail-waitress to bartender and knew that the spirits industry was her true calling. After learning the ropes at Flatiron Lounge, Marrero became a senior bartender at Freemans NYC known for it’s skilled bartenders whose innovative drinks were featured in a collaborative cocktail menu, complementing the restaurant’s rustic cuisine . This led her to consulting and co-designing with Brian Miller the bar program for Elettaria in Manhattan’s West village. Here she worked closely with the chef to create an award-winning cocktail menu.
While at Elettaria, Marrero’s passion for rum was ignited. Marrero worked to perfect the art of mixing rums and spent a week shadowing the Zacapa Rum Master Blender in Guatemala. This opportunity led her to working for Diageo as a Rum Ambassador for 2 years. Ms. Marrero returned to her career creating bar programs in Manhattan with her company Drinksat6; cultivating a new generation of cocktail bartenders and elevating the bar at restaurants. As beverage Director at Rye House Lynnette won Time Out Eat Out Awards for Best New Cocktail Bar, and Best Bar Restaurant Hybrid. Most recently Marrero created the cocktail program at the Astor Room in the famed Kaufman Astoria studios with her partner Jim Kearns.
Lynnette is the President and founder of LUPEC NYC an organization to promote women bartenders while raising funds for women’s based charities. In 2011 she co-created and produced Speed Rack with Ivy MIx, a national cocktail competition for women bartenders that raises money for breast cancer related charities. She is the beverage chair for high profile Culinary events Taste of the Nation and City Meals, following in the footsteps of Audrey Saunders. Marrero was honored by the James Beard Awards as one of America’s Leading Female Mixologists in 2009.