Monday, December 3, 2007

The Stork Club

With the repeal of Prohibition the sound of clinking glasses once again filled Manhattan and the place to be was a former speakeasy. For over three decades the Stork Club, located at 3 East 53rd St, was both the playground of celebrities and millionaires and the center of Manhattan's cafe society.

The Stork Club was opened in 1929 by Sherman Billingsley. A native of Oklahoma, Billingsley moved from bootlegger to bar owner. Known to "rule with a velvet fist," Billingsley was at his glamorous club nightly catering to his clientele which had the children of old world money mingling with movie stars, gossip columnists, politicians and former bootleggers among others. With his golden rope Billingsley created exclusivity and with his house photographer leaking photos to the tabloids he had the whole country begging to be a part of it.

And now a toast to the grand beauty known as the Stork Club, the impending arrival of Repeal Day and Mixology Monday!

The Stork Club Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
1/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Repeal Day!

On December 5th, 1933, 5:32 EST Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment thus nullifying that pesky 18th Amendment which had sent us and our hooch underground. The anniversary of that date is right around the corner and to the ladies of LUPEC that sounds like a darn good reason to raise our glasses!

Join the ladies of LUPEC on Wednesday, December 5th at Green Street in Cambridge for a drink because...well, because we can! No pomp, no circumstance and no cover. Just a casual gathering of folks who like cocktails. The festivities begin at 5:32 PM. Pull out your 30's fashions and belly up to the cash bar which will feature a special menu highlighting cocktails of the era.

Do you have a favorite quote about imbibing? Or a favorite toast? Jot it down on a card and hand it off to a lady of LUPEC Boston as we will be featuring them here, on our blog, throughout the month of December. And please look for the brightly wrapped box as that is where we will be collecting donations for Christmas in the City, an all volunteer organization that hosts an annual Christmas extravaganza for children living in Boston-area homeless shelters.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday! Cheers!

Green Street is located at 280 Green Street in Cambridge, between Pearl and Magazine Streets.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lauren Clark of LUPEC Boston on THE CHET CURTIS REPORT

Did you miss LUPEC on 'CHET CURTIS' last Friday because you were out on the town? We thought so... Not to worry, you can check out the segment on the web by clicking here.


Friday, November 16, 2007

The Marconi Wireless

The recipe is:
1.5 ounces applejack
.75 ounces sweet vermouth
2 dashes of orange bitters

Shake over ice and strain into cocktail glass

as featured on Chet Curtis...

Coffee and Doughnuts

During World War II American Red Cross services were in high gear. By the wars end in 1945, over 7.5 million volunteers supported 40,000 paid Red Cross staff around the world. "Nearly every family in America contained a member who had either served as a Red Cross volunteer, made contributions of money or blood, or was a recipient of Red Cross services."

My family's Red Cross volunteer was my Great Aunt Kay.

On June 6, 1945, just about a month after VE Day, Kay Kehoe boarded the Queen Mary to Europe, where she spent the next 18 months traveling all over Great Britain and the Continent as a Clubmobiler. Red Cross Service Clubs offered meals, recreational activities, overnight accommodations and amenities like barbershops and laundries to American soldiers stationed all over the world; Clubmobiles were designed to be like service clubs on wheels.

These half-ton trucks and single-deck buses, acquired by the Red Cross from a former London bus company, were converted to literal welcome wagons. Each was operated by three American Red Cross women and a local driver, and were equipped for "making and serving coffee and doughnuts and for distributing newspapers, chewing gum, and other small items" to the troops. Some had phonographs and loudspeakers, and others were even outfitted with movie projectors.

Kay Kehoe disembarked from the Queen Mary in Scotland, and didn't stop traveling for the next 18 months. She and the girls of Clubmobile Group A boarded a train from Scotland to England, then took a boat across the chilly English channel to France, then boarded another train to Paris. From there, they traveled all over Europe in a truck the size of an ambulance, delivering coffee and doughnuts to troops through the truck's windows. Occasionally they'd stop in service clubs -- Kay remembers a particularly big one in Berlin -- where they'd work as 'club girls', acting as hostesses to the troops. But being on the road was the type of service Kay Kehoe liked best.


When it got too hot on the dusty French roads in the summer, the girls of Clubmobile A served lemonade in place of coffee. "Most of the boys were in a staging area, just waiting to go home," says Kehoe. "We'd serve them their lemonade and doughnuts and gab with them, and sometimes they'd invite you to come to the G.I. Club for a dance. There we'd dance and listen to records, and they had beer and soda and pretty much anything you wanted at the clubs."

As for cocktails, says Kay, "they didn't have the kinds of ingredients you'd need to make fancy drinks, like Martinis, Old Fashions, and Manhattans. But, since it was France, you could pretty much always get your hands on cognac, and all the G.I. Clubs had Coca Cola." So that's what they drank.

This weekend, let's raise a glass to Kay Kehoe and the girls of Clubmobile A!

Clubmobile Cocktail

1 1/2 oz Cognac
Fill glass with Coca Cola
Serve in a highball glass

A votre sante!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

the Ladies of LUPEC on CHET CURTIS

Don't miss LUPEC Boston's own Lauren Clark on THE CHET CURTIS REPORT

Tomorrow night Lauren Clark,
LUPEC Boston member and founder of,
will appear on the 'CHET CURTIS REPORT' on NECN!

Lauren will chat with Chet about all things LUPEC, and
teach viewers how to make a classic cocktail that's bound to wow the entire family this Thanksgiving.

Tune in Friday, November 16th @ 8 p.m. ET on NECN!

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Hello Girls

In 1917 General "Black Jack" Pershing began his search for bilingual switchboard operators to improve communication between commanders and troops on the European front. The women needed to speak French, be college educated and single. Over 7000 women applied and 450 were selected. Upon completion of military and Signal Corps training at Camp Franklin Maryland the ladies were issued their Army regulation uniforms complete with US crests, Signal Corps crests and dog tags.

By the end of the war over 200 women had served oversees as part of the Hello Girls. The women had been sworn into service, were considered combatants and one of their own, Grace Banker, was awarded the Distinguished Medal of Service by Congress. However, upon returning to the States the Hello Girls were denied veteran status as all military regulations had been written in the male gender. One of the operators, Mearle Eagan Anderson, spent fifty years advocating on behalf of the Hello Girls. Her diligence was rewarded in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed a bill recognizing the service of the Hello Girls and awarding them veterans status.

And now a (Mixology Monday) toast to our bilingual fore-broads!

The French 75
2 oz Gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar or 1 tsp simple syrup

Shake the gin, lemon juice, and sugar in an iced cocktail shaker. Strain into a champagne flute. Fill with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veterans Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 World War I formally ended with the German signing of the Armistice. Today we recognize this day by remembering all who have generously served our country in the armed forces. Throughout this week the ladies of LUPEC Boston will be honoring Veterans Day by raising our glasses to all the women who have voluntarily served this country in the military. Check back often to join in our toasts!

For now...Navy Grog!
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz grapefruit juice
3/4 oz honey
1 oz light Puerto Rican rum
1 oz dark Jamaican rum
1 oz Demerara rum
1 oz chilled club soda

Heat honey until liquid, then mix with juices in blender. Stir in rums and soda. Pour into double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice, or sip drink through ice cone.

Navy Grog Ice Cone
To prepare cone: pack ten ounce Pilsner glass with finely shaved ice. Run a hole through center with a chopstick to make a passage for straw. Gently remove cone from glass and freeze overnight.

This is an original Don the Beachcomber recipe as printed in Beachbum Berry's Grog Log! If you like the Beachbum and his delicious cocktails be sure to join him, DJ Brother Cleve and Waitiki next Sunday, November 18th at Pho Republique for the Beantown Sippin' Safari!


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Beantown Sippin' Safari!

Come join the ladies of LUPEC as we tiki the night away with Beachbum Berry and DJ Brother Cleve! Grass skirts encouraged!



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

come on in & leave your wallet on the bar!

A few shots from the scene of Sunday's crime...

Here's Barbara West & Pinky Gonzalez, two ladies looking foxy in fur...

Cigars? Cigarettes? Fancy Brandy selling fancy merchandise....

These two are smiling innocently, but someting tells me there's somethin' fishy goin' on with Contessa & Scott.

What a set of pipes on this broad! To listen & learn more, check out

These two broads look like trouble with a capitol "T"...

More pictures to here to see more photos!

Monday, October 8, 2007

what fun!!

Last night was a smashing success -- we're thrilled! Photos and final tally coming soon. If you missed the LUPEC Tea Party, you can still support Jane Doe Inc. by volunteering or donating to the cause.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Space is limited, so buy your tickets now!!!


Sunday, October 7, 2007, 7-11 p.m.
on the Louisiana Riverboat at Lewis Wharf

The party starts at 7 p.m. on October 7th. Ticket price is $50/ person and will include stationary appetizers, cocktail party fare, and an open bar! All proceeds from the LUPEC BOSTON TEA PARTY will benefit Jane Doe Inc. in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

• Sunday, October 7th from 7 – 11 p.m. on the Boston Sailing Center’s Louisiana Riverboat at the Lewis Wharf
• Ticket price is $50/person including stationary appetizers, cocktail party fare, and an open bar!
• Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting Green Street, 280 Green St., Cambridge, MA or Toro, 1704 Washington St., Boston, MA

Stop by Toro for "Industry Night" tonight and the chance to win 2 free tickets!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Flapper Jane and the LUPEC BOSTON TEA PARTY

What better way to celebrate women & cocktails than with a Jazz Age Speakeasy cocktail party?

The Prohibition Era was the golden age of cocktail culture, and it was also a fascinating moment in women's history. Women had just won the right to vote, they were eschewing corsets, bobbing their hair, and shortening hemlines. But these flappers were more than just party girls! They ushered in a whole new modern era for American women...all to the shock & disgrace of older generations.

In this very pro-flapper article published in The New Republic on September 9, 1925, Bruce Bilven introduces us to "Flapper Jane": wild is Jane?

Before we come to this exciting question, let us take a look at the young person as she strolls across the lawn of her parents' suburban home, having just put the car away after driving sixty miles in two hours. She is, for one thing, a very pretty girl. Beauty is the fashion in 1925. She is frankly, heavily made up, not to imitate nature, but for an altogether artificial effect--pallor mortis, poisonously scarlet lips, richly ringed eyes--the latter looking not so much debauched (which is the intention) as diabetic. Her walk duplicates the swagger supposed by innocent America to go with the female half of a Paris Apache dance. And there are, finally, her clothes.

These were estimated the other day by some statistician to weigh two pounds. Probably a libel; I doubt they come within half a pound of such bulk. Jane isn't wearing much, this summer. If you'd like to know exactly, it is: one dress, one step-in, two stockings, two shoes.

A step-in, if you are 99 and 44/1OOths percent ignorant, is underwear--one piece, light, exceedingly brief but roomy. Her also brief. It is cut low where it might be high, and vice versa. The skirt comes just an inch below her knees, overlapping by a faint fraction her rolled and twisted stockings. The idea is that when she walks in a bit of a breeze, you shall now and then observe the knee (which is not rouged--that's just newspaper talk) but always in an accidental, Venus-surprised-at-the-bath sort of way.

This is a bit of coyness which hardly fits in with Jane's general character. Jane's haircut is also abbreviated. She wears of course the very newest thing in bobs, even closer than last year's shingle. It leaves her just about no hair at all in the back, and 20 percent more than that in the front... Because of this new style, one can confirm a rumor heard last year: Jane has ears.
Flapper Jane created quite a stir with her clothes, but her ideas were what really threw the older generation for a loop. Says Jane,
"Somebody wrote in a magazine how the War had upset the balance of the sexes in Europe and the girls over there were wearing the new styles as part of the competition for husbands. Sounds like the bunk to me. If you wanted to nail a man for life I think you'd do better to go in for the old-fashioned line: 'March' me to the altar, esteemed sir, before you learn whether I have limbs or not.'

"Of course, not so many girls are looking for a life mealticket nowadays. Lots of them prefer to earn their own living and omit the home-and-baby act. Well, anyhow, postpone it years and years. They think a bachelor girl can and should do everything a bachelor man does."

What is that they say about history repeating itself?

The ladies of LUPEC Boston have invented the following cocktail, honor of Bruce Belvin's ubiquitous Flapper Jane:

The Flapper Jane

1.75 oz Plymouth Gin
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.75 oz Wu Wei infused Simple Syrup
dash of Peychaud Bitters

Shake in a cocktail shaker, strain into a cocktail glass, and toast your own fabulousness!

We'll be serving these in tea cups at the LUPEC Boston Tea Party this Sunday! Come raise a Flapper Jane in honor of Jane Doe Inc.!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

As if open bar wasn't enough...

...the food at the LUPEC BOSTON TEA PARTY is not to be missed!

Jamie Bissonette, Chef de Cuisine of KO Prime, Patrick Connolly, Chef de Cuisine of Radius, and Andres Grundy, Sous Chef of Clio will all be participating in the event, and will be preparing appetizers and light cocktail party fare for the evening. Lionette's Market will supply a plate of fine cheeses and Island Creek Oysters will offer a delicious raw bar.

Here are the details...

Sunday, October 7th from 7 – 11 p.m. on the Boston Sailing Center's Louisiana Riverboat at the Lewis Wharf
• Ticket price is $50/person including stationary appetizers, cocktail party fare, and an open bar!
• Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting Green Street, 280 Green St., Cambridge, MA or Toro, 1704 Washington St., Boston, MA

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tickets on sale now!!!

Come on in, but keep a lid on it…we don’t want to alert the FUZZ to the…


When: Sunday, October 7, 2007, 7-11 p.m.
Where: the Louisiana Riverboat at Lewis Wharf

On October 7th the lovely ladies of LUPEC Boston will transform the Boston Sailing Center’s permanently docked Louisiana Riverboat at Lewis Wharf into a Prohibition-era Speakeasy for an evening of vintage cocktails, live music, dancing, delicious nibbles, and a prize raffle!

The party starts at 7 p.m. on October 7th. Ticket price is $50/ person and will include stationary appetizers, cocktail party fare, and an open bar!

Local jazz/blues diva Miss Tess will perform Jazz standards as well as her own "Modern Vintage" originals from 7 – 9:30 p.m.

A prize raffle will feature tons of hot prizes, including gift certificates donated from Stella, the Milky Way Lounge & Lanes, ZipCar, Magpie, apparel from , a "Brix Pix" gift bag compliments of Brix, and more!!!

All proceeds from the LUPEC BOSTON TEA PARTY will benefit Jane Doe Inc. in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month .

Sunday, October 7th from 7 – 11 p.m. on the Boston Sailing Center's Louisiana Riverboat at the Lewis Wharf
• Ticket price is $50/person including stationary appetizers, cocktail party fare, and an open bar!
• Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting Green Street, 280 Green St., Cambridge, MA or Toro, 1704 Washington St., Boston, MA

About Jane Doe Inc.

Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence brings together organizations and people committed to creating social change that addresses the root causes of this violence and promotes dignity and liberty for survivors. Jane Doe Inc. plays a leading role in shaping public policy through legislative action and policy development that will support survivors, hold offenders accountable and ultimately, make our communities safer. They are guided by the voices of survivors.

Currently, over 60 community-based sexual assault and domestic violence service and advocacy programs in Massachusetts comprise the membership of Jane Doe Inc. These independent non-profit organizations deliver comprehensive services to over tens of thousands of women, men and children every year, in every community across the Commonwealth. Crisis hotlines, emergency shelter, safe homes, legal and medical advocacy, educational and support groups, counseling, advocacy, safety planning, children's advocacy, economic development programs and transitional housing are just some examples of services available. Community education is also offered on an array of topics including sexual assault, teen dating violence, and the role of men in ending violence.

The work of the Coalition complements these life-saving prevention and intervention services, resources and advocacy. With its sixty member organizations, Jane Doe Inc. engages law enforcement, the courts, health care, housing and service providers to develop and promote best practices because every victim should have access to a range of high quality services, responses and options, in every community regardless of where they are in the state. The creation of the Men's Initiative for Jane Doe exemplifies its belief that men and boys are essential allies in the movement to end violence against women, men and children. Jane Doe Inc. works with survivors and advocates to break the silence and to dispel the myths that deny victims the right to safety, justice, and healing.

About LUPEC Boston

The Boston chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) is a classic cocktail society dedicated to breeding, raising, and releasing nearly extinct drinks into the wild ( a.k.a. Boston-area bars and restaurants.) Founded in February 2007 by Misty Kalkofen of Green Street and ten fellow cocktail enthusiasts, LUPEC Boston is the city's first and only female-oriented cocktail society. The ladies of LUPEC Boston meet once a month to sample delicious cocktail creations from a bygone era, and educate themselves about the important and nearly forgotten forebroads who sipped them.

In addition to preserving our own personal Joie de Vivre by guaranteeing members one good cocktail party every month, LUPEC Boston strives to enhance and improve the lives of Boston-area women through fundraising events for local women's charities. LUPEC Boston partners with local bars and liquor purveyors to offer co-ed classic cocktail parties and special events. For more information about what we're mixing up around town visit

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The LUPEC Boston Tea Party

October 7, 7pm: Buy your tickets now for the first annual LUPEC Boston Tea Party! All proceeds benefit Jane Doe Inc. in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The night aboard a Louisiana riverboat will invoke Prohibition-era Speakeasies with the croonings of the talented & lovely Miss Tess, Art Deco inspired d├ęcor, and vintage cocktails served “on the sly”, in tea-cups. Vintage dress and creative cocktail attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $50, cash only and available for purchase at Green Street Grill (Central Square, Cambridge) or Toro (South End). Get there!

Meanwhile, keep drinking up for This One's for the Ladies!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

This One's for the Ladies

Join the ladies of LUPEC Boston as we raise our glasses to raise awareness. Throughout the month of September LUPEC Boston is partnering with area bars and restaurants to raise money for Jane Doe Inc, the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Participating establishments will be donating the proceeds from one broad-related beverage for the month of September to Jane Doe Inc. We will be keeping an updated list of links to participating restaurants here on our blog. So check back often to see where you can go to have one for the ladies!

If you work at a bar or restaurant and are interested in participating please e-mail us at!


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Surviving the Green Elixir

A huge thank you to all who made their way to Green Street on Sunday night for an evening of Chatreuse cocktails co-sponsored by the lovely ladies of LUPEC Boston and our friends at From our humble monk (who some of us found out had a little something up his sleeve) to the beautiful images of Philip Groning's Into Great Silence to the saucy broads shakin' up the cocktails, the night was an overwhelming success!

We featured four cocktails on Sunday, two highlighting Green Chartreuse and two highlighting Yellow Chartreuse. Let's all grab our Boston shakers and raise our glasses to the fabulous folks who graciously supported our event: Frederick Wildman (importers of Chartreuse), Hendrick's Gin, Nino Franco Prosecco, the Museum of the American Cocktail, the fine owners and staff of Green Street, and all of you who made your way out on a Sunday night!

Scoff Law Cocktail
1 oz Old Overholt Rye
1 oz French Vermouth
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Champs-Elysees
1.5 oz Germain Fine Brandy
.75 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Can Can (a LUPEC Boston original)
5 sour cherries
1 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.25 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Nino Franco Prosecco
Muddle the sour cherries in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add Chartreuse, grapefruit juice, bitters and ice. Shake and Strain into a flute. Top with chilled Nino Franco Prosecco. Kick up your skirts and enjoy!

The Irma La Douce (a LUPEC Boston original)
1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
.5 oz Cucumber puree (peel and blend fresh cucumber, then pass through a sieve)
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Raise your glass to Irma La Douce, a movie in which Shirley MacLaine plays a Parisian prostitute who wears bright green stockings!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

LUPEC Boston and present Chartreuse Cocktails!

LUPEC-Boston and
are proud to present…
Green Street
Sunday, August 19, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

LUPEC Boston is proud to invite you to our very first co-ed cocktail party!

On Sunday, August 19th and LUPEC Boston will join boozy forces with help from our friends at Hendrick’s Gin to host Chartreuse Cocktails at Green Street in Cambridge. Tickets for this event cost $35/person and include four Chartreuse cocktails, and complimentary passed appetizers. The event begins at 7 p.m., and yes, boys are invited!

LUPEC Boston members will be on hand to mix, pour, and talk about classic cocktails. The ladies of LUPEC will be accompanied by a special guest bartender from Boston dressed in the guise of a Carthusian Monk, who will educate guests about the rich, clandestine history and secret ingredients of this storied liqueur. An additional menu of Chartreuse cocktails will also be available for purchase at the bar.

Proceeds from Chartreuse Cocktails at Green Street will benefit LUPEC Boston, and the fundraising events that we’re ramping up for this fall.

- Tickets price is $35/person including 4 chartreuse cocktails and passed appetizers
- Advance tickets can be reserved by calling Green Street at 617-876-1655 or emailing LUPEC Boston at
- Tickets can be purchased by visiting Green Street, 280 Green St., Cambridge, MA

Chin-chin! And we can’t wait to see you there!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ladies of Mystery

Kate Warne, (AKA: Kay Warne, Kay Waren, Kay Warren, Kate Warne, Kate Waren, Kate Warren, Kitty Warne, Kitty Waren, Kitty Warren, Kittie Warren, Kittie Warne, Kittie Warren) was the first female US spy and detective. Warne was hired by the Pinkerton Detective Agency when she applied for a secretarial position in 1856. Able to act as an undercover agent infiltrating social gatherings, collecting information no man was able to obtain. She was able to wear disguises, change her accent at will and became a huge asset to the success of Allen Pinkerton and Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

She eventually directed training of an all-female investigative staff for Pinkerton, during a time when there were no female police, female detectives and females did not have the right to vote.

Cloak and Dagger
- 1 part gold rum
- 1/2 part Dagger rum
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 part lime juice
Mix with fine ice in electric mixer and serve in a champagne glass.

Eleanor Jarman, dubbed "The Blond Tigress" by the press, was tried and imprisoned for complicity in a murder that occurred during a clothing store robbery in Chicago's West Side in 1933.

In 1940 she heard that her son was about to run away, and concerned about her children, she escaped the prison August 8 1940. She apparently went to Sioux City, Iowa, confirmed that her children were all right and then went underground. She was put into FBI's Most Wanted list but was never found.

Midnight Alarm
- 1 1/2 oz light rum
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 oz pineapple juice
Shake vigorously with ice, and serve in a wine glass.

Etta Place was a companion of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Little is known about her; both her origins and her fate remain mysterious. Despite her companion's fame, by the mid-20th century it was the mysterious vanishing of Place that sparked the most interest, which continues to the present day.

The Shady Lady
- 1 oz tequila
- 1 oz melon liquor
- 4 oz grapefruit juice
Combine ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a lime and a cherry.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Martha Washington's Rum Punch

In honor of this, the anniversary of the birth of our nation, the ladies of LUPEC are raising a glass to our original First Lady.

It is well known that Martha Washington took her duties as First Lady very seriously and entertained in a formal style. Her wish was that our new country and government would be seen as equals to it's well established European counterparts. Most of Martha's events would begin with her signature cocktails being served before dinner at their Virginia home, Mount Vernon. The cocktails would utilize spirits from their distillery which was one of the largest and most profitable during the colonial era. And now a toast to our premiere First Lady using a recipe from her notes!

Martha Washington's Rum Punch

4 oz Lemon Juice
4 oz Orange Juice
4 oz Simple Syrup
3 Lemons quartered
1 Orange quartered
1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg
3 Cinnamon Sticks broken
6 Cloves
12 oz Boiling Water

In a container mash the lemons, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Add syrup, lemon and orange juice. Pour the boiling water over the mixture. Let it cool. Strain out the solids. Heat the juice mixture to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool and refrigerate over night.
In a punch bowl combine:

3 parts juice mixture
1 part Light Rum
1 part Dark Rum
1/2 part Orange Curacao

Serve the punch over ice. Top with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pearl Rivers

Born in 1849 in Pearlington along the Mississippi River, Eliza Jane Poitevent became the first woman owner and publisher of a major daily newspaper in the United States, the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Eliza began her career as a poet under the pen name Pearl Rivers. In 1870 she was offered the position as literary editor at the Picayune. Against the wishes of her family she moved to New Orleans and joined the male work force as the first woman in Louisiana to make a living at a newspaper. Two years later Eliza married Col Alva Morris Holbrook, the owner and publisher of the Times Picayune.

In 1876 Holbrook died, leaving the paper $80,000 in debt. Eliza's family encouraged her to declare bankruptcy, but Eliza persevered and at the age of 27 she became the editor and publisher of the Times Picayune. Although some of the staff left, the majority remained at the paper showing their loyalty to Eliza. Under her management the Picayune evolved into a family paper which included departments for women, children, fashion and household hints. As a philanthropist, Eliza used the editorial page to speak out against cruelty to animals. Eliza incorporated elements of the modern syndicated newspaper, thereby tripling the circulation of the Times Picayune from 1880 to 1890.

And now a toast to Pearl Rivers!

Cocktail a la Louisiane
1 oz Rye
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Benedictine
3-4 dashes Absinthe
3-4 dashes Peychaud Bitters
Stir in a glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass in which has been placed a maraschino cherry.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Cradle of the Cocktail and the Women Who Rocked It!

Last night the lovely ladies of LUPEC Boston gathered at the home of Pinky Gonzalez to raise our glasses to the women of New Orleans. We nibbled on Shrimp "Arnaud," fried okra, fried oysters, jalapeno cornbread, and "Bananas in Jackets"/"Nuts in Sticks." And we washed it all down with the following delicious cocktails!

Pimm's Cup
Pimm's No 1
Lemon Juice
Simple Syrup
Ginger Ale
English Cucumber

Obituary Cocktail
2 parts Gin
1/4 part Dry Vermouth
1/4 part Absinthe
Stir and Strain

New Iberia Cocktail
2 parts Brandy
1 part French Vermouth
1 part Sherry
3 drops Tabasco
Shake and Strain

1 sugar cube
7 drops Peychaud Bitters
1/2 oz water
2 oz Rye
Splash of Herbsaint
Muddle the sugar cube, bitters and water in a mixing glass. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add rye. Stir with ic e for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass that has been rinsed with Herbsaint. Garnish with oil from a lemon peel.

(Shake Your Own) Ramos Gin Fizz
Egg White
2 parts Gin
1 part Simple Syrup
1/2 part Lemon Juice
1/2 part Lime Juice
3 drops Orange Blossom Water
1 1/2 part Cream
Club Soda
Put all of the ingredients except cream and ice into a shaker. Shake. Add the cream and ice. Shake hard for 10 minutes. Strain into a collins glass leaving 1/2 an inch for soda. Add soda and garnish with a long orange spiral.

Vieux Carre
(created by Walter Bergeron, Head Bartender, Hotel Monteleone c 1937)
1/2 tsp Benedictine
dash Peychaud's
dash Angostura
1/3 Rye
1/3 Cognac
1/3 Italian Vermouth
Stir and Strain

Keep checking back this week for posts about the great broads of New Orleans!

Monday, June 18, 2007

The Biograph Blonde

Born in Chicago on June 18, 1895, Blanche Sweet was one of the great actresses of silent film. Although not as well known as her contemporaries, Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish, Sweet made over 120 films.

Born into a show business family, Sweet was first carried onto the stage when she was eighteen months. She spent her childhood dancing with the Gertrude Hoffman troupe and made her film debut at the age of 14. Sweet worked for several film houses during her long career, including American Biograph. At that time performers' names were not listed in the credits, so she became known as the Biograph Blonde. She gained a place in history in 1913 when she starred in America's first full length feature film, Judith of Bethulia. One of Sweet's most famous roles was the lead in the first film version of "Anna Christie," the first Eugene O'Neill play to reach the screen. Although she had a beautiful speaking and singing voice, Sweet's career plunged with the advent of "talkies" as movie executives began promoting new performers to draw attention to the new style of film.

Now a toast to Blanche Sweet, the Biograph Blonde.

Soft and Sweet
1 oz Gin
1 oz Orange Juice
.5 oz Amer Picon
.5 oz Curacao
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Call Sign Chayka

On this day in 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly in space. Out of more than four hundred applicants, Tereshkova was one of five women selected to join the female cosmonaut corp in February, 1962. Tereshkova was seen as a particularly worthy candidate because of her meager upbringing in a small village outside of Moscow and also because her father had died as a war hero during World War II.

The female cosmonaut corp went through rigorous training, including weightless flights, isolation tests, centrifuge training, spacecraft engineering and parachuting. However, despite extensive training the female cosmonaut corp was never fully integrated into the cosmonaut corp. The creation of the corp and the flights of women in space were primarily used for propaganda purposes by the Soviet leadership.

Khrushchev hand selected Tereshkova to be the first of the five women of the female cosmonaut corp to fly in space. On June 16, 1963 she flew on Vostok 6 under the call sign Chayka as the first female and the first civilian to fly in space. She orbited the earth 48 times and spent almost three days in space. That was more flying time than all American astronauts combined at that time. None of the other four members of the female cosmonaut corp ever flew and the next Russian woman to travel in space was Svetlana Savitskaya 19 years later.

And now a toast to Valentina!

Russian Cocktail (verbatim from The Savoy Cocktail Book)
1/3 Vodka
1/3 Gin
1/3 Creme de Cacao
Shake well, strain into cocktail glass, and tossitoff quickski.


Monday, June 4, 2007

Amendment XIX

On this date in 1919 Congress proposed the 19th amendment which, upon ratification, would guarantee women the right to vote.

The history of the suffragist movement began in 1848 at the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. In 1840, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London. Unfortunately they were relegated to the balcony as mere observers because they were women. As a result they decided to hold their own convention "to discuss the social, civil and religious rights of women." At the Women's Rights Convention Stanton presented her Declaration of Principles, a document based on the Declaration of Independence which highlighted women's subordinate status. The Declaration of Principles included 12 resolutions, one of which states "That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise." This set in motion one of the most important eras in women's history.

As the Civil War began the convention continued on a regular basis. The emphasis, however, was turned toward the emancipation of slaves. The belief was that upon emancipation slaves and women would be afforded rights equal to white men. The war ended and the government perceived the issues as two separate causes. Abraham Lincoln declared, "This hour belongs to the negro."

In response Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass created the American Equal Rights Association in 1866. The goal was to join the cause of sexual equality and racial equality towards the common goal of universal suffrage. Unfortunately the ratification of the fourteenth amendment in 1868, which defined "citizenship" and "voters" as male, and the ratification of the fifteenth amendment in 1870, which granted black men the right to vote, led to a temporary division in the suffragist movement. Stanton and Anthony created the more radical National Women's Suffrage Association in New York. In Boston, the more conservative American Women's Suffrage Association was created by Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe and Henry Blackwell.

With the proliferation of women's organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women and the National Association of Colored Women the suffragist movement continued to gain steam throughout the 1880's and 1890's. During World War I the movement slowed as women focused their energies on the war effort. However, in 1919 years of dedication came to fruition as the Nineteenth Amendment was passed in both houses of Congress. In 1920 the Nineteenth Amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote to all citizens regardless of sex, was passed by President Woodrow Wilson.

And now, the Nineteen Pick Me Up!
1.75 oz Pastis
.75 oz Gin
dash Orange Bitters
dash Angostura Bitters
Sugar to taste
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. (Splash of soda is optional)


Saturday, May 26, 2007

M is for the many things you gave me...

This week Mimi and Pink Lady hosted the lovely ladies of LUPEC Boston as we saluted mothers. We shared stories about the important ladies in our lives and discussed some famous mothers as we enjoyed the following delicious cocktails!

The Mother Cocktail
1.5 oz Gin
.5 oz Cherry Heering
.5 oz Orange Juice
Shake and strain into your favorite vintage drinking vessel.

The Daiquiri
(The favorite cocktail of the famous mother, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis)
2 oz White Rum
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
Shake and strain into a coupe.

The Diana
(Served in honor of the famous mother, Princess Diana)
1.5 oz Gin
.75 oz Dry Vermouth
.25 oz Sweet Vermouth
.25 oz Pastis
Stir and strain into your favorite vintage cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Mimi
1.5 oz Gin
.5 oz Apricot Brandy
2 drops Cognac
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 dashes Grenadine
1 Egg White
Shake vigorously. Strain into a powdered sugar rimmed cocktail glass.

The Pink Lady
1.5 oz Gin
.5 oz Applejack
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Grenadine
1 Egg White
Shake vigorously. Strain into your favorite vintage cocktail glass.

Thank you Pink Lady and Mimi for being wonderful hostesses!


Friday, May 18, 2007

The Speed Queen

On this day in 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Piloting a Canadair F-86 Sabre that she had borrowed from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Jacqueline took off from Rogers Dry Lake, California and flew at an average speed of 652.337 miles per hour.

Cochran's career in aviation began in the 1930's after a friend offered her a ride in an aircraft. While she ran a cosmetics business, Jacqueline began flying lessons at Roosevelt Airfield in Long Island and learned to fly in three weeks. A natural, she earned her commercial pilot's license in two years. Her husband, Floyd Bostwick Odium, was a savvy businessman and saw the commercial opportunities for her and her cosmetics company. Jacqueline named her company "Wings" and began flying around the country in her aircraft promoting her products.

Cochran flew in her first major race in 1934. From that point on she worked with Amelia Earhart in opening races and the field of aviation to women. In 1937 Cochran was the only woman to compete in the prestigious Bendix race. By 1938 she was the preeminent woman pilot in the United States having won the Bendix and set new altitude and transcontinental speed records.

After America entered WWII in 1942, Jacqueline became head of the women's flight training program for the States. As director of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), Cochran trained over 1000 female pilots. For her efforts in WWII she received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Jacqueline Cochran died in 1980 at her home in Indio, California. At the time of her death, Cochran held the most speed, distance and altitude records of any pilot, man or woman, in aviation history.

And now a toast to Jacqueline Cochran!

1 oz Applejack
1 oz Gin
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 or dashes grenadine
Shake with cracked ice and strain into your favorite vintage cocktail glass!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sky Girls

On this day in 1930 Ellen (Marshall) Church became the world's first airline stewardess. In 1928 she approached Boeing Air Transport hoping to become their first female pilot. She was denied the job, but Boeing liked her idea of placing nurses on the planes to help ease the fear of flying among passengers. In 1930 they hired 8 nurses, known as the Sky Girls, for a three month trial. Church was chosen to be the world's first flight attendant serving passengers aboard a 12 hour flight from Chicago to Oakland, CA.
The presence of nurses on flights quelled the fear of flying in the public and air travel became more popular. Soon other airlines followed the lead of BAT and hired nurses as flight attendants. In addition to being a nurse, flight attendants had to be single and under the age of 25. Cabins were small so the flight attendants could be no taller than 5 feet 4 inches and no heavier than 115 pounds. In addition to attending to the needs of passengers, flight attendants hauled luggage, fueled planes and pushed planes into hangars.

After jump-starting the flight attendant profession, Church returned to clinical nursing. During World War II she returned to the air, this time as a captain in the army nurse corps. She was awarded the Air Medal for her wartime heroics. She returned to the states and continued her nursing career in Terre Haute, IN until the time of her death in 1965.

In honor of Ellen Church and all the Sky Girls past and present, cheers!

1.5 oz Gin
.5 oz Maraschino Liqueur
.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and strain into your favorite vintage cocktail glass!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

World Cocktail Day!

Ah, the most refreshingly delicious day of the year! World Cocktail Day!

World Cocktail Day occurs annually on the day the Balance and Columbian Repository, a Hudson, New York newspaper, printed a wonderful exchange in which the editors defined the word cocktail. During the previous week, the loser of a political race had created a witty account of their gains and losses during the race. One of the losses listed was "25 do. cock-tail." A confused reader wrote in asking what a cock-tail was. Here is the letter to the editor and the editor's response:

To the Editor of the Balance.
I observe in your paper of the 6th instant, in the account of a democratic candidate for a seat in the legislature, marked under the head of Loss, 25 do. cock-tail. Will you be so obliging as to inform me what is meant by this species of refreshment? Though a stranger to you, I believe, from your general character, you will not suppose this request to be impertinent.
I have heard of a forum, of phlegm-cutter and fog driver, of wetting the whistle, of moistening the clay, of a fillip, a spur in the head, quenching a spark in the throat, of flip & c, but never in my life, though have lived a good many years, did I hear of cock tail before. Is it peculiar to a part of this country? Or is it a late invention? Is the name expressive of the effect which the drink has on a particular part of the body? Or does it signify that the democrats who take the potion are turned topsycurvy, and have their heads where their tails should be? I should think the latter to be the real solution; but am unwilling to determine finally until I receive all the information in my power.
At the beginning of the revolution, a physician publicly recommended the moss which grew on a tree as a substitute for tea. He found on experiment, that it had more of a stimulating quality then he approved; and therefore, he afterward as publicly denounced it. Whatever cock tail is, it may be properly administered only at certain times and to certain constitutions. A few years ago, when the democrats were bawling for Jefferson and Clinton, one of the polls was held in the city of New York at a place where ice cream was sold. Their temperament then was remarkably adust and bilious. Something was necessary to cool them. Now when they are sunk into rigidity, it might be equally necessary, by cock-tail to warm and rouse them.
I hope you will construe nothing that I have said as disrespectful. I read your paper with great pleasure and wish it the most extensive circulation. Whether you answer my inquiry or not, I shall still remain,

[As I make it a point, never to publish anything (under my editorial head) but which I can explain, I shall not hesitate to gratify the curiosity of my inquisitive correspondent: Cock tail, then is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters it is vulgarly called a bittered sling, and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head. It is said also, to be of great use to a democratic candidate: because, a person having swallowed a glass of it, is ready to swallow any thing else.
Edit. Bal.]

To us it sounds like it's time for a good Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail!

In an Old-Fashioned glass place a sugar cube.
Saturate the sugar cube with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters and a splash of water.
Crush the cube with a muddler.
Rotate the glass so the sugar and bitters line the glass.
Add ice and 2.5 oz rye or bourbon.
Squeeze a lemon twist over it, decorate with your favorite stirring rod and serve!


Mother's Day Proclamation

From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...

- Julia Ward Howe

Mother Cocktail
1.5 oz Dry Gin
.5 oz Cherry Heering
.5 oz Orange Juice
Shake over ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Kentucky Derby Dames

From the official Kentucky Derby Web site:

Women have played an active role in Kentucky Derby history since the turn of the century. In 1904, Mrs. Laska Durnell nominated Elwood to the Kentucky Derby, unbeknownst to her husband, trainer Charles Durnell. The decision was a shrewd one and Elwood won as the longest price in the field of five. Elwood was the first starter and winner owned by a woman, and also the first winner bred by a woman, Mrs. J.B. Prather.

By the 1940s, women owners in the Derby were almost commonplace. In 1942, seven of the first eight finishers in the Kentucky Derby were owned by women. The exception was Valdina Orphan, who finished third.

Besides the role of owner, a total of 10 women trainers have sent 11 starters postward in the Kentucky Derby, and four women have ridden in the famed "Run for the Roses".

Perhaps we should toast the Kentucky Derby Dames with a delicious Mint Julep! Here is our favorite recipe taken from a letter dated March 30, 1937 from Lt Gen SB Buckner, Jr to General Connor:

So far as the mere mechanics of the operation are concerned, the procedure, stripped of its ceremonial embellishments, can be described as follows:

Go to a spring where cool, crystal-clear water bubbles from under a bank of dew-washed ferns. In a consecrated vessel, dip up a little water at the source. Follow the stream through its banks of green moss and wildflowers until it broadens and trickles through beds of mint growing in aromatic profusion and waving softly in the summer breezes. Gather the sweetest and tenderest shoots and gently carry them home. Go to the sideboard and select a decanter of Kentucky Bourbon, distilled by a master hand, mellowed with age yet still vigorous and inspiring. An ancestral sugar bowl, a row of silver goblets, some spoons and some ice and you are ready to start.

In a canvas bag, pound twice as much ice as you think you will need. Make it fine as snow, keep it dry and do not allow it to degenerate into slush.

In each goblet, put a slightly heaping teaspoonful of granulated sugar, barely cover this with spring water and slightly bruise one mint leaf into this, leaving the spoon in the goblet. Then pour elixir from the decanter until the goblets are about one-fourth full. Fill the goblets with snowy ice, sprinkling in a small amount of sugar as you fill. Wipe the outsides of the goblets dry and embellish copiously with mint.

Then comes the important and delicate operation of frosting. By proper manipulation of the spoon, the ingredients are circulated and blended until Nature, wishing to take a further hand and add another of its beautiful phenomena, encrusts the whole in a glittering coat of white frost. Thus harmoniously blended by the deft touches of a skilled hand, you have a beverage eminently appropriate for honorable men and beautiful women.

When all is ready, assemble your guests on the porch or in the garden, where the aroma of the juleps will rise Heavenward and make the birds sing. Propose a worthy toast, raise the goblet to your lips, bury your nose in the mint, inhale a deep breath of its fragrance and sip the nectar of the gods.

Being overcome by thirst, I can write no further.

S.B. Buckner, Jr.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Operation Frontline Dinner and Petticoat Row

Thank you to all who attended the tenth annual Operation Frontline Dinner at Tremont 647 last week! Also a huge thank you to Matt Lambo and Triple Eight Distillery for donating the delicious Triple Eight Cranberry Vodka that the ladies of LUPEC used to make the Petticoat Row! If you weren't able to attend, but are interested in our newest cocktail creation here's the recipe and the history of the name!

LUPEC Boston's Petticoat Row

2 parts Triple Eight Cranberry Vodka
1 part Fresh Orange Juice
1 part Spiced Simple Syrup*
Chill the above mixture in a shaker with ice. Strain into a flute, filling the flute halfway. Fill the flute with Prosecco and enjoy!

The Petticoat Row is named after the shops located along Centre Street on Nantucket. This area acquired it's nickname in the 19th Century when, while most women were mothers and homemakers, the majority of these shops were owned and operated by the wives of whalers who would be at sea for years at a time. Cheers to our forebroads of Nantucket!

Spiced Simple Syrup
Place one cup of water, 12 whole cloves, 1 or 2 star anise, and 1/8th teaspoon ground cinnamon in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups sugar and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and the syrup is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes more.
Remove from the heat and let cool. Remove the cloves and star anise with a slotted spoon. Syrup will keep for up to four weeks when refrigerated.
Recipe from "Raising the Bar"by Nick Mautone

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Drinkin' Dames in Classic Cinema

This past week the ladies of LUPEC Boston had the pleasure of gathering at Barbara West's house for a night of toasting the drinkin' dames of classic cinema! Good times and good cocktails were had by all! Featured cocktails included:

Ginger Rogers
1 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 oz Apricot Brandy
4 dashes Lemon Juice

Barbara West
2 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Sherry
.5 oz Lemon Juice
Dash of Angostura
Lemon Twist

Roman Holiday
1.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Punt e Mes
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz Orange Juice
Thin Orange Slice Garnish

Ann Sheridan
1.5 oz Dark Rum
.5 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Marlene Dietrich
2 oz Rye
.5 oz Curacao
2 Dashes Angostura
Lemon Twist
Flamed Orange Twist

Barbara West also provided us with a list of famous drinkin' moments in cinema. A few of the favorites...

1930 Anna Christie - Greta Garbo orders a whiskey with ginger ale on the side. She then adds, "Don't be stingy, baby."

1937 Every Day's a Holiday - Mae West and others drink Bellinis. This movie also introduced the famous one-liner, "You should get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini."

1942 Casablanca - Humphrey Bogart pours Ingrid Bergman a Champagne Cocktail then says his most famous line ever, "Here's looking at you kid."

1955 Guys and Dolls - Marlon Brando orders a Milk Punch served in a coconut for Jean Simmons and himself. He tells her that at night they put a preservative in the milk. When Jean Simmons asks what they use Marlon Brando answers, "Bacardi." Jean Simmons asks if Bacardi has alcohol in it and Marlon Brando answers, "Well, just enough to stop the milk from turning sour." They drink six of them.

1959 Some Like It Hot - Marilyn Monroe makes Manhattans for her and her girlfriend in bed while on a train.

Cheers to Barbara West for being a fabulous host!

Monday, April 16, 2007

The 35th Boston Marathon for Ladies

Begun in 1897, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as "K. V. Switzer", was the first woman to run with a race number. She was a 20- year-old Syracuse University junior who wanted to prove to herself and her coach she was capable of running 26.2 miles. But Switzer took steps no one woman had taken before to run Boston. Unlike other women who had completed the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon, Switzer had been so brash as to officially enter the race.

Switzer never told Boston Athletic Association officials she was a woman; the race application didn't ask. In those days, the BAA assumed everyone entering its grueling event was a man. But on that cold day at the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., Switzer's coach, Arnie Briggs, picked up her race number and she pinned it on her hooded sweatshirt.

About three miles into the race, the press truck caught up to Switzer, who was running with Briggs and her boyfriend, Tom Miller. When the photographers noticed a woman in the race with an official number, the cameras started to click. And something clicked inside a BAA official, Jock Semple (one of the race's top competitors during the 1930s), who jumped off the truck and ran at Switzer in an attempt to tear off her number, yelling at her to stop in the name of the sanctity of the Boston Marathon.

Dazed and frightened she would be pulled off the course at any moment, Switzer managed to finish between four and five hours -- no one was quite sure of her time. She wore no watch and by the time she finished, all the officials had left. Bobbi Gibb, a woman who ran the race without an official number, finished about an hour ahead of her. But it was Switzer who had made headlines the next day with dramatic photos of her encounter with Semple.

The BAA allowed women to officially enter the race in 1972. From 1970 to 1976, Switzer competed at Boston six times, finishing second in '75 in 2:51:37. In 1996 the BAA retrospectively recognized as champions the unofficial women's leaders of 1966 through 1971. Bobbi Gibb was recognized as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon.

Congratulations to this year's winner, Lidiya Grigoryeva!

Photo Finish
- 1 oz Carioca Rum
- 1/2 oz Curacao
- juice 1/2 lime
- ice
- shake well. strain over cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass. garnish with lime peel.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Did you miss the Taste of the South End?

Then you missed the lovely ladies of LUPEC spreading the love through tiny little cocktails in tiny little plastic cups! Here's a bit about our cocktail of the evening!

1.5 oz Plymouth Gin
.5 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Orange Bitters

Forty miles up the Rangoon River, the Pegu Club was a British Colonial Officer's club near the Gulf of Martaban in Burma. The house cocktail, bearing the same name, was created sometime before 1930 when it was referencesd by master mixologist Harry Craddock in the Savoy Cocktail Book as having "traveled, and is asked for, round the world."

After several years as the beverage director at Bemelman's Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, modern master mixologist Audrey Saunders sought to bring bask the true art of the cocktail culture by opening her Pegu Club at 77 W Houston St in Manhatttan in 2005. Applying a more culinary approach to her cocktails, Audrey describes the process as the beverage equivalent of the slow food movement. Bucking the current vodka trend she consistently creates cocktails highlighting unjustly neglected spirits that challenge the cocktail neophyte as well as the cocktail connoisseur.

Thanks to everyone who joined us that night! Also, huge thanks to our friends at Toro who kindly shared their table with us and our friends at Future Brands who donated Plymouth Gin!


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Anne Whitney

Revered poet and sculptor, Anne Whitney was a passionate opponent of slavery and advocate for women's rights. Using her art to reflect her political beliefs, Whitney sculpted the busts of many suffragists and abolitionists including Lucy Stone, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frances Willard.

In 1875 Whitney was commissioned for a statue of Samuel Adams which was contributed to the national capitol building by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter she won first place for a commission for a memorial for William Sumner. Entries for the commission had been anonymous. Upon learning that the winner was a woman, the judges denied Whitney the commission. Having been an ardent supporter of Sumner's political campaign against slavery, Whitney decided to complete the statue using personal funds and contributions from friends. At the age of 80 she completed the statue and donated it to the city of Cambridge. The statue is now located outside Harvard Law School on an island at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Church Street.

Queen Anne
1.5 oz Bourbon
.75 oz Dry Vermouth
.75 oz Pineapple Juice
2 dashes Peach Bitters
Shake and Strain