last weekend we had the absolute honour of interviewing Ivy Mix about her new book, Spirits of Latin America. Ivy is regarded as of one of the most important bartenders of our generation – and as Forbes puts it, “when your surname is “Mix” it’s a pretty good sign that the universe wants you to become a bartender”! In 2015 she won Best American Bartender at Tales of the Cocktail and her Brooklyn Bar, Leyenda, was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for outstanding bar program in 2019. A one-woman power machine, Mix has gone above and beyond and co-founded Speed Rack, a cocktail competition for women that fights sexism and inequality in the drinks industry – and has also raised a whopping one million dollars for breast cancer research!
Mix talks to us about how we can overcome the objectification of women working in bars, the racial inequality we should be more aware of in the industry, and how supporting Latin spirits production can be an expression of rebellion. Click here for the first part of her interview, here for the second, and scroll down for our full review of Spirits of Latin America!