Photograph: Dan Q. Dao

Lucinda Sterling is a multi-talented, NYC-based bartender, business owner, and beverage consultant. Starting her career in 2005 at cocktail icon Sasha Petraske’s storied speakeasy Milk & Honey, she soon rose through the ranks to become a mixologist at Petraske’s Little Branch and later managing partner at the bars Middle Branch and Seaborne.

Outside of her home bars, Lucinda is a seasoned menu consultant, cocktail expert and educator, and recipe developer. Her work and insight has appeared in numerous media and publications including the New York Times, Forbes, Architectural Digest, Time Out New York, NYLON Magazine, and many more.

Today, Lucinda balances her life behind the bar with life as a mother to her baby girl, Zeta.