*LUPEC Boston’s latest ruminations, in case you missed ‘em in this week’s issue of the Dig.
by Pink Lady
The ladies of LUPEC Boston are always pleased to see women in high places in the spirits industry , especially when those women helm delicious, reputable, family-owned brands like Grand Marnier. Since 2007, Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle has been president of Marnier-Lapostolle North America. Today, we salute her.
The great granddaughter of company founder Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, Alexandra is known for her “tour-de-force personality.” She studied economics and accounting at the University Assas in Paris and became active in company diversification for Marnier-Lapostolle in the early 1990s. In 1994, Alexandra became a driving force behind expanded winemaking initiatives in South America, and helped create and develop the now world-renowned Casa Lapostolle winery in Chile. Using French techniques to express the region’s terroir, Casa Lapostolle garnered top-flight results early on, earning praise for Alexandra as a pioneer of fine-wine production and quality winemaking in Chile.
Ten years after launching Casa Lapostolle, Ms. Lapostolle turned her attention to spirits and created NAVAN, a vanilla liqueur, as a tribute to her great grandfather. The natural vanilla orchids planted in the private Marnier Lapostolle family garden, Les Cedres, provided inspiration for the product.
Grand Marnier recently descended upon Boston to throw a fundraiser bash for area bartenders, with all of the proceeds from the event donated to LUPEC Boston. LUPEC Boston donned our berets and brushed up on our Français to put together a “Postcards from Paris” Polaroid photo booth, kissing booth and our famous prize raffle. Our generous guests turned their pockets inside out and over the course of the night, we raised over $1,100, which will be used for our fall fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, November 14th—mark your calendars!
Boston bartenders, Grand Marnier and president Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, we salute you! Join in the toast with one of these, created in honor of the event.
THE AULD ALLIANCE
1.5 oz Famous Grouse 12-year Scotch
1 oz Grand Marnier
0.5 oz Nux Alpina
1 dash Angostura
Garnish with orange oil
Stir ingredients over ice in a mixing glass; strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass.