Our STORY

Inspiring everyone to drink, eat & celebrate life consciously and organically

A decade ago, we started our company from our humble Brooklyn apartment whilst we still had our day jobs/ night jobs within the boutique hospitality industry.  Our vision was to killer cocktails for multi-sensory events. It was an exciting yet daunting time, but with perseverance and tenacity, we grew steadily from word of mouth and referrals, acquiring new clients that soon became longstanding friends.

From EVENTS to CLasses

Our niche was elevating the cocktail hour with our “Sex in glass Cocktails” for every type of imaginable event, think big-brand companies, high-end weddings, galas, and intimate cocktail parties for celebrities, royalty, and luminaries. We consulted for restauranteurs, hoteliers creating signature menus and training staff. We became brand ambassadors for spirits brands trained, taught, and entertained along the way and travelled the world  hosting Mixology events.

During the lockdown era, we were inspired to take our combined mixology & hospitality experience and share our expertise so we began offering interactive virtual cocktail classes for consumers wanting to increase their cocktail-making skills, corporations wanting to build morale amongst their remote teams or companies that wanted to tell their brand story in a cocktail event. The classes are so much fun, as they are like having old friends over for a cocktail hour in our living room.  Our syrups line was also born during this time as we realized consumers want to create a chic drink at home with ease. So we're now working on a small batch production and bricks-and-mortar venue.

The Co Founders, Business Owners and Power Couple from the Cocktail Architect Yusef Austin top NY Mixologist and Nandini Austin his wife and business partner seated at a bar in New York at one of their cocktail events in New York.

Austin Powers ! 

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Yusef Austin, 
Head Mixologist  Co-Founder 

Yusef Austin is a native New Yorker since 1998, who worked his way up from bartending at The Mercer Kitchen to opening New York's sexiest bar, The Boom Boom Room, under Andre Balaz'. His signature drinks were an instant hit, becoming the best-selling cocktails on the menu.

 

Yusef also consults for hotels, restaurants, and bars, and has created the bar program for over twenty plus restaurants, including Dos Caminos, Metropolis, and Chefs club in New York City.  He's held various Brand Ambassador roles for Elit by Stoli, Tres Papalote Mezcal, where he worked alongside Cheech Marin and Prima, a CBD Health & Wellness LA-based company.

Yusef is often referred to as 'the Rockstar Mixologist' by event guru Colin Cowie and has fueled his parties with liquid gold for events all over the world.  From London to Gstaad, from Florence to South Africa.

An avid grower, Yusef loves getting in the garden to grow herbs, spices, and vegetables for the kitchen and thier events.When he is not busy inventing a new flavor profile for their new syrup line, he can be found rocking out in his kitchen with some Led Zeppelin and cooking up a storm.

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Natasha, Natasha Austin, 
Co-Founder The Mocktail Architect

Nandini  Austin is a British dancer, creator, and Ayurveda Wellness Expert that hosts global dance classes, Ayurveda Workshops, cooking classes and events inspired by the healing power of spices.

At the Cocktail Architect, Nandini uses her culinary and on-camera journalism to add edutainment and food & drink storytelling, into every class. 

She is passionate about creating ways to generate health and well-being awareness and is working on their  Artisan line of Wellness Mixers, introducing the flavors of Mauritius.

 

When she is not teaching, she can be found dancing with her two sons,  living a life of well-being at their Herb and Spice farm in the Hudson Valley.

Our Sustainable intentions

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We need to nurture this planet and our existence on it—how we source our drink and food. We must live, eat, and drink better, and teach the next generation to do so. Food and drink enrich our lives and connect us. It is also a way to foster a  community as we celebrate each other and life.

We are conscious and integral with the ingredients we choose to use, so support local purveyors, artisans, farmers, growers, shop owners, and friends in our community and beyond.

 

Reduce waste, recycle & reuse.   We patronage thrift shops and ditch plastic in favor of a soda stream 

 

We follow the natural rhythm of the seasons and lower our carbon footprint, by ensuring our recipes are seasonal and hosting Virtual events.

Our cocktails are from seed/ spice or plant to glass. We ditch processed ingredients in favor of organic, whole foods the way nature intended.

 

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Our Principles 

 We create cocktails and Non-Alcoholic drinks with the intent to tell a story and STIR emotions with every sip. As a song evokes memories from days and evenings past we hope a perfectly shaken drink transports you back to that space in time.

 

We strive for consistency:   Our drinks encompass a balance of citrus, spice, sugar, and or alcohol. We want our guests to be open to  trying new flavors, spices, and fruits and vegetables

Our Non-Alcoholic drinks are designed to hydrate and nourish you from the inside out, using spices, juices and herbs to promote a sense of well-being, while at any social gathering. 

 We encourage you to explore your local farmers market, grow your own or check out boxed fruit & veg options.

 We always surprise and delight our guests with personalization  & customization. 

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