Our March Featured Bartender of the Month is one lady who knows her stuff. She describes herself as the “Den Mother” of Raines Law Room & Dear Irving. We had the pleasure of working with her at the Charleston Food & Wine Festival earlier this month.
She’s also a founding member for the New York chapter of LUPEC which enhances the community of women in the bar & spirits industry through charity work, education & events. She’s Meaghan Dorman! Naturally, we asked her the hard-hitting questions like what she’d be doing if she wasn’t bartending, and about her favorite place to grab a beer & a shot.
Meaghan Dorman: I love a dash of Angostura bitters in a Daiquiri, with the Angostura 3-year rum.
HOA: With so many new bitters flooding the market, where do you see Angostura Bitters in the mix?
MD: Angostura is the benchmark that other bitters are measured against. It’s the most versatile, working with so many spirits and flavors. It’s a steady item you are guaranteed to find in every bar.
HOA: What is the most unique/interesting application of Angostura Bitters that you have seen?
MD: I love the Trinidad Sour with its use of Angostura bitters as a base spirit. It’s such a unique drink.
HOA: Where do you typically go for a cocktail in your city?
HOA: How about for a beer and a shot?
HOA: Heard any good jokes lately?
MD: A mushroom walks into a bar. The bartender won’t serve him. The mushroom says, “Why? I’m a fun-guy!”
HOA: Outside of the daily grind, what are you passionate about that helps keep you a balanced bartender?
MD: I’m fixing up an old farmhouse in CT. It’s a big project but really fun and lets me be creative in a different way.
HOA: Any advice for someone looking to get into bartending as a career?
MD: I think it’s important to put roots down and commit to staying at a job for a long period of time. You can learn a lot but also become an asset to a bar and eventually help it progress. I don’t hire people that bounce from job to job because it shows me they don’t stay long enough to pay dividends on the time and money we spend training them.
HOA: Do you have an original cocktail recipe (featuring Angostura Rum or Bitters) that you would like to share with us?
HOA: What’s the strangest request that you’ve gotten during your time behind the bar?
MD: I had someone ask to be addressed as the Queen on England. I think it was some kind of bet and it seemed harmless, so the Majesty she was!
HOA: If you had a theme song that played during your shift, what would it be?
MD: Escapade by Janet Jackson.
HOA: If you weren’t bartending, what do you think you would be doing?
MD: It’s hard to imagine! But I’d love to work in an antique store, I love old stuff!
HOA: If you could have a cocktail with anyone in the world (dead or alive), who would it be?
MD: Stevie Nicks.