Aisha Sharpe, booze consultant
All over NYC
How she got the job: “I began bartending in 1996 and have worked with a long list of notable New York venues that range from clubs and bars to lounges, including Crobar, Soho House, and BED. Since then, I co-founded Contemporary Cocktails, a global, full-service cocktails and spirit consulting firm, and then founded A. Sharpe & Co., my current consulting firm."
What she does: "I create/created beverage programs for The Breslin, Soho House, Tao Beach at The Venetian hotel, BED, and Ace Hotel in NYC and have consulted for leading spirit companies, including VDKA 6100, Moet Hennessy, Pernod Ricard, Diageo, and Kobrand, to name a few. I love to play between ingredients to best complement a spirit. You often underestimate the importance of a great cocktail. A great cocktail, like food, can take you back in time or elevate an experience into another realm, and I get to watch people have that experience through cocktails every day."