Featured Bartender of the Month: Meaghan Dorman

March 16 , 2015 by: The House of Angostura Featured Bartender


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 Angostura Featured BartenderHouse of Angostura: What is your favorite cocktail featuring Angostura Bitters or Angostura Rum?

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?

MD: Attaboy!

HOA: How about for a beer and a shot?

MD: Bua.

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?

MD: Our most popular cocktail at Dear Irving is the Whiskey Business, it’s a mix of Angostura bitters, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, ancho chile liqueur, and rye whiskey. I never get tired of it.
Whiskey Business Cocktail Meaghan Dorman

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.