Lynnette Marrero

Originally from: New York City
Profession: Bartender
At: New York City

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, and the Astor Room in the famed Kaufman Astoria studios. Most recently Marrero created the cocktail program at the Lower East Side hotspot Tijuana Picnic with her consulting partner Jim Kearns. Lynnette is the National Brand Mixologist for Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral water and San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages in addition to working with Zacapa Rum team as their trade educator and mixology ambassador in New York City.

Lynnette is the President 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. In 2015, Speed Rack expanded to three global markets, Marrero is a beverage contributor to Bust Magazine. She is the beverage chair for high profile culinary events Taste of the Nation and City Meals, following in the footsteps of Audrey Saunders. She has judged the renowned Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Spirtis Challenge, presented industry seminars at Tales of the Cocktail and the Berlin Bar Convent, was an inaugural Honoree at the Dames hall of Fame at Tales of the cocktail, and in 2009 Marrero was honored by the James Beard Awards as one of America’s Leading Female Mixologists. Marrero was recently named Food and Wine with Fortune Magazine’s Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2015.

“Cherry Heering is an amazing product”

Lynnette’s Rum Singapore Sling

Glass: Sling
Garnish: Cherry, pineapple wedge and a fan of pineapple leaves
Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

• 1 oz Cherry Heering
• 1 oz Zacapa rum
• ¾ oz Banks 5 Island Rum
• ½ oz Bénédictine
• ¾ oz Lemon juice
• ¾ oz Passionfruit juice
• ¾ oz Pineapple juice
• ¼ oz Simple syrup

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