Speed Rack Inc, DrinksAt6, Llama Inn
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 a bartender and knew that the spirits industry was her true calling. After learning the ropes at Flatiron Lounge, Marrero became a bartender at Freemans NYC known for skilled bartenders whose innovative drinks were featured in a collaborative cocktail menu, complementing the restaurant’s rustic cuisine. This led her to consult 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 work 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. She is opened and currently the Bar Director at Williamsburg’s Llama Inn. Lynnette is the National 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 national mixologist.
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 4 global markets and is world renown competition. Marrero continues to judge Global Cocktail Competitions and present seminars at key cocktail festivals in the world. In 2009 Marrero was honored by the James Beard Awards as one of America’s Leading Female Mixologists. Marrero was named Food and Wine with Fortune Magazine’s Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2015, named Wine Enthusiasts Mixologist/Brand Ambassador of the year 2016, as well as placing Top 4 in Tales of the Cocktails’ Spirited Awards Best Mentor 2017 Category.