Marrero’s “fucked up” career began when she took a job at New York’s Flatiron Lounge alongside cocktail specialist Julie Reiner. Marrero quickly made the transition from cocktail waitress to bartender and knew that the liquor industry was her true calling.
After learning the ropes of the Flatiron Lounge, Marrero became a senior bartender at Freemans NYC, known for its skilled bartenders whose innovative drinks were showcased in a collaborative cocktail menu, complementing the restaurant’s rustic cuisine. This led her to consult and co-design the bar program for Elettaria in Manhattan’s West Village. Here, she worked closely with Chef Akhtar Nawab to create an award-winning cocktail menu.
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Marrero has over 10 years of experience creating bar programs and training a new generation of cocktail bartenders while raising the bar in restaurants.
She co-created Speed ââRack, an international cocktail competition for female bartenders that raises funds for breast cancer charities.
Marrero was honored by the James Beard Awards as one of America’s Leading Women Mixologists in 2009, was nominated by Food & Wine / Fortune Magazine’s Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2015, Wine Enthusiasts Mixologist of the year 2016 and ranked in the Top 4 in Tales of the Cocktails’ Spirited Awards Best Mentor 2017.
In July 2019, Marrero received the Tales of the Cocktails’ Spirited Awards Best Mentor and the Top Philanthropy Award for his work with Speed ââRack.
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