Monday, April 30, 2007
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
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:
1 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 oz Apricot Brandy
4 dashes Lemon Juice
2 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Sherry
.5 oz Lemon Juice
Dash of Angostura
1.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Punt e Mes
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
.5 oz Orange Juice
Thin Orange Slice Garnish
1.5 oz Dark Rum
.5 oz Orange Curacao
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Rye
.5 oz Curacao
2 Dashes Angostura
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
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!
- 1 oz Carioca Rum
- 1/2 oz Curacao
- juice 1/2 lime
- shake well. strain over cracked ice in an old-fashioned glass. garnish with lime peel.