2016 MANHATTAN EXPERIENCE FINALS JUDGE: JULIE REINER

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Julie Reiner has been elevating the cocktail scene in NYC for fifteen years, most notably with the opening of the Flatiron Lounge (2003), the Pegu Club (2005), and Brooklyn’s Clover Club (2008).  As co-owner and beverage director of the Flatiron Lounge, Reiner drew much of her inspiration from her native Hawaii by utilizing the freshest fruits and premier quality spices & spirits available in her original cocktails.  Julie’s beverage program at the Clover Club is highly focused on classics, and furthers her signature style of superior quality and green market ingredients.  Julie’s consulting company, Mixtress Consulting, helps to create top-notch beverage programs and cocktails for restaurants, bars, resorts, and spirits companies.  

 

Flatiron, Pegu and Clover opened to rave reviews and have enjoyed a top ranking among the best bars in the world.  In 2009, Clover Club was honored with the award for “Best New Cocktail Lounge in the World” at Tales of the Cocktail and last year, took home the award for “Best American Cocktail Bar”, “Best High Volume Bar”, and Julie was personally awarded “Best Bar Mentor”.  Clover Club has also been listed in Drink’s Internationals 50 best bars in the world two years in a row.  

 

This Summer, Julie opened Leyenda with Ivy Mix, a long time bartender at Clover Club.  Leyenda celebrates spirits and imbibing traditions from across the Spanish-speaking world and beyond in creative cocktails. The drinks are complemented by authentic fare by Chef Sue Torres, a noted Latin culinary authority.

 

Julie’s recipes have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, Imbibe, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Playboy, Gourmet Magazine, Food Arts, Bon Appetit, GQ, Fortune, Wine Enthusiast, O Magazine, Crains, Time Out NY and Time Out London, The London Times & Wine & Spirits.  Julie has also been featured on The Today Show, The Food Network, the Cooking Channel, Martha Stewart Radio, CNBC, LXTV, and the Fine Living network.   In 2011, Julie was honored with a James Beard nomination for spirits professional of the year.

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