Originally from: New York City
Profession: Bar owner
At: New York City
Ivy Mix is co-owner and Head Bartender of Leyenda, her pan-Latin cocktail bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, backed by her long-time mentor, Julie Reiner. Leyenda pays tribute to her years of living and bartending in Guatemala, as well as extensive travels throughout all of Latin America.
Ivy first served a drink when she travelled to Guatemala at 19 years old when studying at Bennington College. She continued to live and work there for years, mixing in travels to the rest of Latin America. In 2009, she moved to New York and discovered cocktails while cocktail waitressing at Mayahuel. It was here where with craft cocktails that she saw how she could bring together her love for bartending and spirits with her artistic background.
Within a year, she joined St. John Frizzell at Fort Defiance. From there, she worked and helped open several bars throughout Brooklyn. In 2010, Ivy caught Julie Reiner’s eye and was hired to be on the opening staff of Lani Kai in Manhattan. It was not long until she was brought back to her borough of choice to work at Reiner’s flagship world-renowned bar the Clover Club.
Currently, Ivy has her own dream bar, Leyenda in Brooklyn, NY. Additionally, Ivy has inspired the nation to rethink women’s role behind the bar. She conceptualized and later, with Lynnette Marrero, co-founded Speed Rack - a national cocktail competition that creates a platform for female bartenders while simultaneously raising money for breast cancer related charities. Speed Rack started in 2011 and has taken the world by storm, changing the way people view women’s role in cocktails.
“Cherry Heering is how you make a Singapore Sling, without it it would no longer be a Singapore Sling, definition Singapore Sling, Cherry Heering has to be in there”
Ivy's Peruvian Sling
Glass: Zombie highball
Garnish: Pineapple leaf, lime wheel & cherry flag
Method: Swizzle with cobble ice in a zombie highball.
• 1½ oz Encanto Pisco
• ¾ oz Cherry Heering
• ½ oz Triple sec
• ¼ oz Grenadine
• ¾ oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
• 1½ oz Pineapple juice
• 2 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters