The Cocktail Architect is a global cocktail consulting & hospitality brand. With our team of national expert mixologists, we are passionate about creating the ultimate drinking experience. Our bespoke cocktails are based on creativity, seasonality, simplicity, quality and taste. We offer two main services:

  • Bar & Hospitality Consulting: We elevate any bar program, increase brand awareness and maximize profits.
  • Cocktails for Events: We create bespoke cocktails for every type of private social and corporate event. We understand the right beverage experience should compliment the food and elevate your event into something your guests will remember for years to come.

Our clients range from bars, restaurant groups, lifestyle hotels, fortune 500 companies, liquor brands and leading event planners.

The Cocktail Architect has been profiled by such media heavy weights as Details, Vanity Fair, Gotham, Black Book, Nylon, Project Runway, Fox TV, CBS, Conde Nast, Wall Street Journal, Grace Ormond’s Wedding Style and Chilled Magazine.


“Yusef, from The Cocktail Architect, is like my American Express card, I never leave home with out him. From L.A. to Dubai and all in between The Cocktail Architect has fueled more parties than I can remember! Colin Cowie Celebrations loves his creativity, his sense of seasonality, and his passion to create the best tasting cocktails. I would recommend him to anyone serious about creating a lasting memory through cocktails at your next event.”

Colin Cowie
Colin Cowie Celebrations

“When I purchased Hotel Esencia and I had time to focus my attention to the bar, the first person I thought of was Yusef, The Cocktail Architect. He has amazing talent at creating unique drinks that set a tone. Being about balance and presentation, I knew my guests would be impressed, but not only be impressed, they would feel at home. Can’t wait for him to come back down.”

Kevin Wendle
Owner & CEO, Hotel Esencia

“The Cocktail Architect was so passionate about creating unique cocktail experiences for our events. We love their creativity, cocktails and willingness to go the extra mile. Can’t wait to work with them again.”

Rebekah Keida
Events Manager Techweek


Yusef Austin | The Cocktail Architect

From the tender age of 8, Yusef no stranger in the kitchen, could be found creating elixirs and potions. He knew his destiny was to work within the Cocktails and Food world to ultimately create The Cocktail Architect in 2007. A native New Yorker since 1998, Yusef worked his way up from New York’s bustling nightlife to creating the best selling cocktails at New Yorks sexiest bar, The Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel. He was then appointed the Brand Ambassador for Elit by Stoli, where he continued to work with top fortune 500 clients and celebrities. Yusef consults globally for several bars, hotels, restaurants and can often be found in one of BR Guest Hospitality’s 20 + New York City restaurants, including Dos Caminos and Blue Water Grill where he is responsible for the cocktail programs, training and quality control.

nandini_cropNandini Natasha Austin | The Hospitality Architect

Nandini arrived in New York City in 2008 from her hometown of London, with one goal in mind, to bring her business knowledge of hospitality and entertainment to America. Nandini uses her 20 years experience within the luxury lifestyle sector to lead Sales, Marketing & PR for The Cocktail Architect. Working amongst the leading luxury hospitality groups from Morgan’s Hotel Group, The Met Bar Park Lane, and Colin Cowie Celebrations, Nandini is zealous about offering the highest level of customer service and curating exceptional events. With a highly tenacious nature and an entrepreneurial spirit Nandini continues to push the boundaries on every level.