Ivy Mix knows her way around bars. The 11-year industry veteran, formerly of Fort Defiance and Clover Club in Brooklyn, first got into drinks in Guatemala, where she lived off-and-on for four years. That’s also where she learned about tequila and mezcal, and may or may not have helped smuggle it across the border. These days she’s the co-owner of Leyenda, where she runs an impressive bar menu with her mentor Julie Reiner, who has a decade of bartending experience of her own.
So when Mix recommends a bottle or mixing glass, it’s one you can trust. Here are her picks for anyone looking to improve their home bar.