Bartender Tales: Meaghan Dorman of Dear Irving, Raines Law Room and the Bennett on timeout.com

Each week, we dive into the world of NYC bars and meet the drink-shaking players behind them. From the latest cocktailing trends to crazy stories on the job, these are the Bartender Tales of New York City.

Meaghan Dorman, bar director, Dear Irving, Raines Law Room and the Bennett

What’s your signature drink?
Probably the Wildest Redhead. I came up with it when I was doing a consulting project at Lantern’s Keep. I found a boring drink called the Wild Redhead, but it had such a good name that I couldn’t let it go. So I made a Scotch version that’s very comforting and is also a crowd-pleaser. It has blended Scotch, lemon honey, allspice and Cherry Heering.

What’s your favorite thing about being a bartender?
It’s always different every day, so it keeps things interesting. It’s a fun outlet to be creative and social while you’re at work.

How did you get into bartending?
In Connecticut, when you turn 18, you can start bartending, so my friend got me a job at a sports bar called TK’s American Cafe [Editor’s note: actual name], where I could make money without having to put in too many hours. You just opened a new bar, but you’re still working at your three others (both locations of Raines Law Room and Dear Irving).

How do you juggle all of them?
I have two actual bartending shifts a week, and then the rest of the time, I’m visiting each of the bars for a few hours to make sure the staff is prepared and that the drinks are being made right.

Have you noticed any bar trends lately?
Old Fashioneds and variations of it. I think people rediscovered the drink with Mad Men, and bartenders riff on it all the time when they want to make a spirits-forward cocktail. I’ve also noticed salt in drinks, adding that savory element that three or five years ago wasn’t as popular. We do a chili salt at The Bennett and a coffee salt at Dear Irving.

Do you have any customer pet peeves?
When guests say, “I only like to go to the bar when you’re working,” it makes me worried that something’s wrong when I’m not there!

Have any crazy bar stories?
Once, a guy told us he was going to propose to his girlfriend. We asked if he had the ring and he said “No, I’m just going to go for it” and we were like, “Alright, we’ll support you and make this happen.” She ended up saying yes, and he was so happy that he tried to buy champagne for everyone at the bar. But his card got declined—it was pretty uncomfortable.

Cherry Heering on NYC NIghtlife

http://www.sheckysnightlife.com/newyorkcity/search/lantern_s_keep_1_10313.asp

…. Sure, this may sound a bit stale to some, but rest assured that the cocktails are anything but. Mixologist Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room juices limes and muddles raspberries for creations like the Floradora (gin, raspberry, lime, lemon, ginger syrup and club soda, $14) and the Wildest Redhead (scotch, lemon, honey, allspice dram and cherry heering, $14), each requiring a particular specialty ice—hey, after all that work, it would be a shame to water the drink down

Cherry Heering Internationel women day on Sweet Blog o’Mine

http://www.sweetblogomine.com/sweet_blog_o_mine/2011/03/booze-you-can-use-womens-history-month.html?cid=6a00d8341ce95e53ef0147e33c3b53970b

International Women’s Day was on March 8th, and as part of the 100th Anniversary of IWD, the lovely ladies of LUPEC NYC (the NYC Chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) teamed up with Compass Box Whisky, Bespoke Chocolates, and Murray’s Cheese for Women & Whisky Unite — a wonderful seminar and tasting at Astor Center. Proceeds from the event benefitted Bottomless Closet. This gorgeous drink you see above was created by Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room. As she tells us, this cocktail was “[i]nspired by feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem, who became nationally recognized as a leader of the US women’s liberation movement in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Steinem also co-founded Ms. Magazine, hence the cocktail’s name.
Mr. & Ms.
Dash Angostura Bitters
1/2 oz lime
3/4 oz ginger syrup
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1 1/2 oz Spice Tree

Shake, strain into Collins glass, top with soda. Lime wheel, cherry garnish.

FB Cherry Heering Mr & Ms International Women’s Day

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150109770744821&comments#!/CompassBox

MR. & MS.
Meaghan Dorman, Raines Law Room, NYC

Dash Angostura bitters
½ oz lime
¾ oz ginger syrup
½ oz Cherry Heering
1 ½ oz Spice Tree

Shake, strain into Collins glass, top with soda.
Lime wheel, cherry garnish

Inspired by feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem who became nationally recognized as a leader of the US women’s libertation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. Steinem also co-founded Ms. Magazine, hence the cocktail’s name.

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