Monday, March 31, 2008
The evening was, quite literally, a smashing success. From 9:30 on, Toro was packed with people there to raise a glass in honor of Women's History Month. Our guests rocked the raffle and we raised almost $800 in ticket sales. As for specialty cocktail sales we're still counting our change, but by 10:30 p.m. last night we'd raised about $1,000 on drinks alone!!! We'll pass along the final numbers once they're in. All of this paper will be donated to The Friends Boutique at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
There's still one more evening left of Women's History Month. If you'd like to raise a glass in honor of women in history -- and women making history -- this rainy Monday evening, why not raise one of these? They sure were a hit last night.
Fill a tall glass (12oz or 16oz) with ice.
Add dry sparkling wine of your choice (about 3 oz)
Add StG (about 2 oz)
Top off with soda h2o.
Add a lemon twist, tres delice!
All ten ladies of LUPEC with staff photographer, Matt Demers in the middle. Cin-cin!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
March 30th, beginning at 9:00pm @:
1704 Washington St
South End, Boston, MA 02118
Come down for a fashionably late-hour toast to Women's History Month
(March), some great sips from local sponsors, and to get your copy of
our brand-spanking new Little Black Book of Cocktails, featuring the
photography of Boston's Matt Demers. Did we mention a killer raffle,
No cover charge, and ALL are welcome, so spread the word!! Cocktail
There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Ken Oringer &
Toro, and the Ladies of LUPEC have created a specialty drinks list featuring liquids
donated by the good people of St Germain, Hendrick's Gin and Harpoon
Beer, to name a few.
If that's not enough you can jump aboard for the raffle - which includes dinners & goods from Oleana, Tremont 647, No. 9 Park, the Independent, Martignetti Fine Wine & Spirits and more.
ALL PROCEEDS from the sale of specialty cocktails, raffle tickets, and from the Little Black Book will be donated to The Friends Boutique at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, a unique shop designed for people undergoing treatments for cancer. http://www.friendsboutique.org
This charity was chosen with our friends & relatives in mind who have themselves battled cancer.
Last fall LUPEC Boston partnered with Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and raised more than $10,000 in donations through fundraising initiatives such as a "This One's for the Ladies" drink promotion and the "LUPEC Boston Tea Party" benefit event. We hope to make LADIES NIGHT, as well, a success.
Looking forward to seeing all of you Sunday!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
...can be enjoyed at Green Street this Easter Sunday, where LUPEC President Hanky Panky has put together a special Egg Drink List in honor of the holiday.
This important ingredient of many, many classics like fizzes and flips has fallen out of misuse in the age of the Cosmo. Cocktail enthusiasts across the country are helping the mighty egg make a comeback by incorporating egg-based classics and modern vintage egg originals into their menus. The Egg Drink List offered at Green Street tomorrow evening will be a perfect opportunity to give eggs a shot. The menu will include original creations, like the Fort Washington Flip, The Brewster Sour, a variation on the Pisco Sour featuring St-Germain, and of course, the irrepressible Pink Lady.
The list is available all night long and the bar is open from 5:30 'til 1. If you aren't completely stuffed with ham or lamb, Green Street will be serving their full dinner menu from 5:30 to 10:30. There is no cover charge, and be sure to bring your patience, as egg-based drinks require time and lots and lots of shaking. A special guest shaker will accompany Hanky Panky from an undisclosed location in a very tony Boston neighborhood (can you guess who it is?)
So when you're all set with these...
You can move on to these!
Consider it a grown-up Easter Egg Hunt!
(Pink Lady photo courtesy of thinking of drinking.)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
by Pinky Gonzales
Before being seduced into the world of club ownership through bartending and guest emceeing, Texas started out in Vaudville, then in Westerns as an actress and producer. 1917's The Wildcat introduced America's first movie cowgirl.
Her nite club career included "the grandaddy of speakeasies," the El Fey Club, opened in 1924 with gangster Larry Fey. Later came Club Intime, a Dorothy Parker hangout and subterranean spot near Times Square where entry would involve a steep staircase, two bouncers and a peephole. There was also the Rendezvous, the 300 Club, the Argonaut, the Century, the Salon Royal, and Tex Guinan's.
Scoff Law Cocktail (what else?)
1 oz rye whiskey
1 oz dry vermouth
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.75 oz green Chartreuse (or pomegranate grenadine according to some recipes - also excellent)
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Monday, March 10, 2008
"Mary S." of St. Louis, Missouri (c. 1851-1880) was an inventor who led a life of genius and poverty. Lacking finances and confidence, she sold the rights to her mechanical inventions to various male agents, for as little as $5 each. These men received 53 patents, and a great deal of wealth. Mary S. herself died impoverished at roughly age 30.
The tragic story of Mary S. spurred one of her acquaintances, Charlotte Smith, to seek justice and recognition for women inventors. A businesswoman and former intelligence agent for the Union Army during the Civil War, Smith was known for empathizing with the struggles of self-supporting women. She wrote about Mary S. in The Woman Inventor, a magazine she founded in 1891. She also pushed for the publication of an official List of Women Patentees. Feminists used the list to argue for women’s suffrage. Today, the list remains the major source of information on 19th-century female inventors. These women were patronizingly dubbed “Lady Edisons.”
Thanks to the list, we know that nearly 4,000 women received U.S. patents between 1809 and 1895—more than 5,000 if design patents are counted. One of the era’s most prolific female inventors was Margaret Knight of Boston (1838-1914). She is credited with about 90 inventions and 22 patents, the most famous of which was the first machine to make the square-bottomed paper bags that are still used in grocery stores today.
In the late 1890s, Smith moved to Boston, where she founded a Women’s Rescue League to provide shelter, food, and training for poor working girls, homeless or battered women, and prostitutes wanting to leave the trade. In 1907, she organized a Woman’s Board of Trade. After spending thousands of dollars on projects to help women become self-supporting, and years of direct charity to homeless and desperate women, Smith died alone in Boston in 1917. She was seventy-seven.
Here’s a cocktail with which to toast our industrious forebroads known as “Lady Edisons.”
2 ounces brandy
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake brandy, Campari and lemon juice with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Thru March 31st we'll be offering you as many reasons to raise a glass to unsung women in history as this group of ambitious, classic cocktail-obsessed broads can cobble together...while maintaining our full-time jobs and going about the general day-to-day business of dismantling the patriarchy one drink at a time, that is. Get your cocktail shakers primed!
We'll also be celebrating with a "Ladies Night" Party at Toro on Sunday, March 30th! Stay tuned for more details...
Let's start the month off with a Liberty Cocktail, in honor of each and every one of the women we'll celebrate in the month to come...and ambitious women everywhere!
1 dash simple syrup
Stir with ice and strain. Serve in a cocktail glass.