USBG Las Vegas
If you have been on the corner of Fashion Show Drive and Las Vegas Blvd, chances are that you’ve crossed paths with Amy Dongman. She’s been “working the corner” for over 13 years where she started at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba as a server. After moving behind the bar, she opened up Stripburger where she has touched the lives of fellow employees and patrons alike. The magic of connecting people is one of her loves and main reasons for going to work. One way that she links people together is with a bar diary. It’s a place where she invites her guests to write, draw and express their feelings. Amy has guests that have been coming to see her for over a decade that she can still find their initial diary entry. Out of the many great places to drink in this town, I asked Amy if she has a favorite; she replied, “Not one favorite place, but I just love to be with good people and good vibes.” This Long Island, NY native loves making the “Strong Island.” It’s as fun to watch her make as it is to drink! Amy deftly, yet energetically, performs the quadruple pour and grabs and mixes all the spirits in unison. If you are by the Fashion Show Mall be sure and stop by and welcome Amy to the Guild!
Amy’s Piñata Punch
1 ½ oz Tequila Ocho Plata
½ oz Bauchant Orange Liqueur
¼ oz St-Germain
½ oz Pineapple
½ oz Lime
Garnish with Pineapple Sage Blossom
Combine ingredients into mixing glass, shake hard with ice and pour over fresh ice in a mason jar with a 1/2 salted rim.
Courtney Cox is a two-year veteran of the Bartenders’ Guild. This Las Vegas girl (born & raised) started serving and bartending at PT’s Pub and then moved her way to the JW Marriot at the 221 Lounge. She is currently expressing her love for the bar at Buddy V’s Ristorante.
In an interview with Joy Herin, Courtney said that the Guild, “just feels like family.” She continued, “Wherever I go, fellow members welcome me into their bars with open arms. The Vegas bar family has always been super supportive. They help me to better myself as a bartender but also as a person. There are truly some amazing people.” When she is not behind her own bar, Sand Dollar is one of her favorite spots to frequent. For a cocktail, next time you see her try one of these beauties, “Amelia’s Passion.”
1 ½ oz Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced
½ Fruitlab Hibiscus Liqueur
¾ oz Liquid Alchemist Passion Fruit
½ oz Lemon
½ oz Simple
Combine ingredients into a mixing glass and shake hard with ice. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
About the USBG
The United States Bartenders’ Guild is comprised of spirit professionals dedicated to the art of the craft of Bartending. What was founded in 1948 has now spread all over the US with Las Vegas being the largest chapter in the country. Through events, charity, and education they support and enhance the great American living-art that is Bartending.
For information on how to join, please go to www.usbg.org.