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by Pink Lady

The big day is finally here! Have you picked out your dress? Do you have a date? We hope to see you TONIGHT at Silvertone. Come early as the event is first come, first served and sure to sell out. And dress to impress!

THE SNOW BALL will be LUPEC’s first winter prom, a party and clothing drive designed to cure the winter doldrums while collecting items for the women served by On the Rise, a day program for women who are homeless and living in crisis.

We’ll be serving spiked punch and cocktails made with products provided by our amazing partners sponsors Pernod-Ricard, Becherovka, Absolut, Absolut Citron, Pernod Absinthe, Plymouth, Beefeater, Fernet Branca, Carpano, FAIR Spirits, Bols Genever, Galliano L’Authentico, Wiliam Grant & Sons, St-Germain, Skyy Spirits, El Dorado, Bitterman’s, Burke Distributing, Four Roses, Cordoniu and Anchor Distilling!  

And UBER will be offering $15 off chauffeured rides to/from the prom for all new customers. Click HERE to sign up! 

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged. Guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire, and to dress to impress.

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom

Monday, January 30th, 7-11 p.m.

Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA (617) 338-7887

  • $10 cover, first come, first served
  • Drink tickets allotted for clothing & other donation items***
  • Spiked punch and cocktails $5-7 each
  • Guest bartending by Josh Childs and Beau Sturm
  • Musical stylings by TJ Connelly
  • Creative prom attire encouraged – dress to impress!
  • All proceeds from THE SNOW BALL will benefit On the Rise

***Items acceptable for donation include:

  • Thermal undergarments in all sizes
  • Backpacks
  • Flashlights
  • Whistles for emergencies
  • Charlie Cards in denominations of $5
  • Durable winter boots and winter shoes
  • Multi-packs of undergarments like sports socks, sports bras, and underwear in all sizes

***PLEASE NOTE: On the Rise has a surplus of hats, scarves, coats, etc. so bringing the items on the list above would be ideal.***

We hope to see you there! 

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by Pink Lady

1. Guest bartending by Boston legends Beau Sturm & Josh Childs

2. Rock ballads, ’90s throwback hits, the Electric Slide and more by TJ the locally famous DJ for the Boston Red Sox 

3. $15 off a personal chauffeur to/from the prom via Uber! Sign up here to redeem. AND a chance to WIN a free ride – tweet your most embarrassing prom photos to @Uber_Bos to win!

4. Mixology! Spiked punch & cocktails like The Chaperone’s Coffee, The Class of 2012, and The Going Dutch Punch made with products provided by our amazing partner sponsors*  

5. Prizes for best dressed! Don your full skirts and baby blue tuxedos, your waterfall bangs, ’80s prom dresses, and skinny ties.

6. Professional Prom Photography to immortalize one of the best nights of your life

7. Complimentary Corsages!** Baby’s breath & carnations for all!

8. Balloon arches. Enough said.

9. Take-home goodies like your very own LUPEC Boston flask!** 

10. Free drinks if you bring donation items!*** And proceeds from every beverage or raffle ticket you purchase benefits On the Rise.

*Our amazing partner sponsors include: Pernod-Ricard, Becherovka,  Absolut, Absolut Citron, Pernod Absinthe, Plymouth, Beefeater, Fernet Branca, Carpano, FAIR Spirits, Bols Genever, Galliano L’Authentico, Wiliam Grant & Sons, St-Germain, Skyy Spirits, El Dorado, Bitterman’s, Burke Distributing, Four Roses, Cordoniu and Anchor Distilling!

**All take-home goodies are first come, first served! As is entrance, so come early!

***Items acceptable for donation include:

  • Thermal undergarments in all sizes
  • Backpacks
  • Flashlights
  • Whistles for emergencies
  • Charlie Cards in denominations of $5
  • Durable winter boots and winter shoes
  • Multi-packs of undergarments like sports socks, sports bras, and underwear in all sizes

***PLEASE NOTE: On the Rise has a surplus of hats, scarves, coats, etc. so bringing the items on the list above would be ideal.***

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom

Monday, January 30th, 7-11 p.m.

Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA (617) 338-7887

  • $10 cover, first come, first served
  • Drink tickets allotted for clothing & other donation items***
  • Spiked punch and cocktails $5-7 each
  • Guest bartending by Josh Childs and Beau Sturm
  • Musical stylings by TJ Connelly
  • Creative prom attire encouraged – dress to impress!
  • All proceeds from THE SNOW BALL will benefit On the Rise

We hope to see you there!

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*As originally published in DigBoston.

by Pink Lady

It’s easy to get the blues this time of year when the only holiday on the horizon is Valentine’s Day. You need a cocktail. Thus we bring you THE SNOW BALL—a LUPEC Boston Winter Prom. On January 30 the ladies of LUPEC Boston will transform the back room at Silvertone into a winter wonderland for a magical evening of dancing, drinks and awkward prom photos to benefit local women’s charity On the Rise.

While former prom kings and queens are reliving their wonder years,

those among us who skipped prom because they were too busy listening to punk music and being vegan (cough BOURBON BELLE cough) will have a chance to enjoy Prom 2.0—complete with spiked punch, cocktails and hands below the waist.

Entry to THE SNOW BALL costs $10 and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. All of the ticket proceeds will be donated to On the Rise. Guests who bring clothing and other items deemed acceptable for donation (visit lupecboston.com for specifics) will be given tickets for complimentary drinks commensurate with their donation. Additional spiked punch and cocktails that commemorate proms throughout the ages will be available for purchase for $5-$7 each. Light appetizers will be served.

Josh Childs and Beau Sturm will guest bartend and TJ Connelly, the locally famous DJ for the Boston Red Sox and co-founder of getonthebar.com will provide musical entertainment. Guests will have an opportunity to have their moment memorialized in THE SNOW BALL photo booth.

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged and guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire. And yes, a prom king and queen will be crowned, so dress to impress.

Enjoy one of these as you mull over your outfit.

PINK CARNATION
1 egg white
.25 oz grenadine
.25 oz lemon juice
.25 oz Sweet cream
2oz Beefeater gin
Shake and strain into cocktail glass.

CIN-CIN!

Event Details:
THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, January 30th, 7-11 p.m.
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA (617) 338-7887
$10 cover, first come, first served
Drink tickets allotted for clothing & other donation items***
Spiked punch and cocktails $5-7 each
Guest bartending by Josh Childs and Beau Sturm
Musical stylings by TJ Connelly
Creative prom attire encouraged – dress to impress!
All proceeds from THE SNOW BALL will benefit On the Rise

***Items acceptable for donation include:
Thermal undergarments in all sizes
Backpacks
Flashlights
Whistles for emergencies
Charlie Cards in denominations of $5
Durable winter boots and winter shoes
Multi-packs of NEW undergarments like sports socks, sports bras, and underwear in all sizes

***PLEASE NOTE: On the Rise has a surplus of hats, scarves, coats, etc. so bringing the items on the list above would be ideal.***

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LUPEC: MODERN MOONSHINE

*as posted in DigBoston

 

 


White lightning, mountain dew, firewater, hooch—moonshine, or spirits made via an unlicensed still, goes by many different names in the United States.

 

 

 

 

While the term technically describes any spirit made illicitly, or “by the light of the moon”, in America moonshine typically denotes un-aged or white whiskey bottled in a mason jar and hailing from Appalachia or someplace south of the Mason-Dixon line.

So, where are blue-blooded Yankees supposed to get their hands on some? A handful of American distilleries produce their own modern and totally legally versions.

 

But as long as you call it moonshine, you can still imagine yourself a badass sipping amongst the bootleggers of yesteryear.

 

 

Later this year, Massachusetts’s own Curtis McMillan will open McMillan Distillery right here in the Bay State. McMillan, along with CEO Rhonda Kallman (who made a name for herself by helping to establish a little brew called Sam Adams) and a former distiller from Johnny Walker, will team up to develop their own Massachusetts moonshine, which you’ll hopefully be able to taste this fall.

 

In the interim, satisfy your curiosity by joining Curtis at Understanding Moonshine, a class at Gordon’s Fine Wine in Waltham this Friday.

 

 

Curtis will discuss the history of moonshine, eliminate myths about the mixture and explore how modern moonshine offers a vibrant palate for modern cocktails. He’ll teach students how to take sour apple martinis from busted to badass by switching the base from vodka to moonshine—and changing the name, of course.

 

We’re curious: can he do anything about the color?

 

Sign up to find out. And meanwhile, enjoy this cocktail developed by Lu Brow of Café Adelaide in New Orleans.

BIG DADDY

  • 1.5 oz Cat Daddy moonshine
  • .5 oz ounce orange curacao
  • .5 oz ounce lemon juice
  • 1 dash Fee’s orange bitters
  • large swatch of orange peel
  • cinnamon, cayenne and sugar rim

Oh, Daddy.

  1. Using a vegetable peeler peel a large 2-3 inch swatch of orange peel. Take the cocktail coupe and rim with the cayenne, cinnamon and sugar  rim.  Set aside and mix cocktail.
  2. In a mixing glass combine moonshine, orange curacao, lemon and orange bitters.  Shake well and strain into a rimmed cocktail coupe.

RIM

  • 1 table spoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon and cayenne pepper
  1. Stir well
  2. CIN-CIN!

COCKTAIL PARTY!!

(What she said. Understanding Moonshine at Gordon’s Fine Wines. Remember: moonshine may have helped invent NASCAR, but it didn’t really want to.)

 

[Fri 1.20.11. 894 Main St., Waltham. 781.893.1900. 6:30pm-7:30pm/21+/$10.@McMillanWhiskeymcmillandistillery.com]

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by Pink Lady

THE SNOW BALL
A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, January 30, 7-11pm

On January 30th the ladies of LUPEC Boston will transform the back room at Silvertone into a winter wonderland for a whimsical evening of dancing, drinks, and awkward prom photos to benefit local women’s charity On the Rise.

THE SNOW BALL will be LUPEC’s first winter prom, a party and clothing drive designed to cure the winter doldrums while collecting clothing for the women served by On the Rise, a Cambridge-based day program for women who are homeless and living in crisis .

Entry to THE SNOW BALL costs $10 and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to On the Rise. Guests who bring clothing and other items deemed acceptable for donation*** will be given tickets for complimentary drinks commensurate with their donation. Additional spiked punch and cocktails that commemorate proms throughout the ages will be available for purchase for $5-7 each. Light appetizers will be served.

Josh Childs and Beau Sturm will guest bartend and TJ Connelly, the locally famous DJ for the Boston Red Sox and co-founder of onthebar will provide musical entertainment. Guests will have an opportunity to have their moment memorialized in THE SNOW BALL photo booth.

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged. Guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire, and to dress to impress.

Event Details:
THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, January 30th, 7-11 p.m.
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA (617) 338-7887
$10 cover, first come, first served
Drink tickets allotted for clothing & other donation items***
Spiked punch and cocktails $5-7 each
Guest bartending by Josh Childs and Beau Sturm
Musical stylings by TJ Connelly
Creative prom attire encouraged – dress to impress!
All proceeds from THE SNOW BALL will benefit On the Rise

***Items acceptable for donation include:
Thermal undergarments in all sizes
Backpacks
Flashlights
Whistles for emergencies
Charlie Cards in denominations of $5
Durable winter boots and winter shoes
Multi-packs of NEW undergarments like sports socks, sports bras, and underwear in all sizes

***PLEASE NOTE: On the Rise has a surplus of hats, scarves, coats, etc. so bringing the items on the list above would be ideal.***
We hope to see you there!

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*as posted in DigBoston

 

Look who finally decided to blow into town? It’s Old Man Winter in all his glory, causing a curmudgeonly ruckus with low temperatures and even lower wind chill factors. At times like these we need to refocus on the little things that can bring joy, such as a delightful hot cocktail on a snowy winter’s day. A favorite among these is Hot Buttered Rum.

Butter and hot drinks is a tradition that dates back to the days of Henry VIII, when buttered beer or ale was recommended as a remedy for hoarseness. Where and when spirits entered the equation is unclear, and by the pre-Prohibition golden age of cocktails, most imbibers eschewed this delightful buttery treat for Hot Scotch. A few still swore by it – as we continue to today.

Hot Buttered Rum is even celebrated with its own national holiday, January 17. We’re not sure who declared it, but it certainly gives us something to look forward to on such cold, dark days.

This recipe is a favorite of our pal Adam Lantheaume, proprietor of The Boston Shaker in Davis Square. He can probably hook you up with an appropriate mug from which to sip such a libation, too.

 

Hot Buttered Rum
2 heaping tablespoons batter*
1 1/2 ounces aged rum
2-3 ounces of boiling water
In a pre-heated coffee mug combine 2 heaping tablespoons batter with 1 1/2 ounces rum. Top with boiling water and stir well to mix. Serve with a spoon.

 

*Hot Buttered Rum Batter
1 lb light brown sugar
1/2 lb unsalted butter (softened)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl beat together softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices until well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight reusable container for up to a month, or place in your freezer until ready to use.

 

If you can, make the batter in advance so the spices have an opportunity to get to know each other. Be sure to remove batter from refrigerator at least six
hours prior to serving to allow it to soften.

There’s no real wrong way to enjoy warm boozy pancake juice. There is definently a right way, however, and that’s at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort lounge, built into an actual cave. Just sayin’.

 

CIN-CIN!


 

 

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As posted on January 6, 2012 in DigBoston

 

 

LUPEC ladies love randomly decreed holidays devoted to drinking. Whether they are the clever marketing ploys or an act of Congress (i.e. National Bourbon Month), we care not.

Give us a reason to raise a glass and you bet your ass we will.

On January 11th National Hot Toddy Day will be upon us. This is a particularly celebratory arbitrary holiday in our minds as it officially commemorates the signature cocktail of LUPEC member Emma Hollander. Cheers, Emma! Below, some thoughts on lil’ Em’s favorite drink:

Why did you choose hot toddy to be your LUPEC moniker?
Because I AM a hot toddy, first of all. Duh. Secondly, because I love drinking
them.

Where’s your favorite place to drink a hot toddy?
In cold weather like this? Everywhere. Trina Starlite Lounge, home, in front of fireplaces, from travel mugs, you name it. You should drink this everywhere during winter in Boston.

What’s your favorite thing to wear while drinking hot toddies?
My Asiz Industries pineapple hoodie (asizindustries.com). Made by my homie Thomas, you should all be jealous.

What’s your favorite hot toddy recipe? 
2 oz rye, .5 oz honey simple, a lemon wedge studded with 6 cloves and hot water.
Have you ever had cold toddy?

Ummmm … if by “cold toddy” you mean whiskey neat? 

All. The. Time.

Hot Toddy bartends at the Trina’s Starlite Lounge.

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Yuzu Toddy
*Created by Derek Alexander
Longman & Eagle, Chicago, IL

1 part Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
2 heaping bar spoons of yuzu honey, recipe below*
.75 part Laird’s® Applejack Brandy
.5 part yuzu juice
5 parts hot water
Combine all ingredients and serve hot.
 
*Yuzu Honey
.25 cup yuzu rind .5 cup honey
10 tablespoons sugar
1.5 teaspoons pectin
2 tablespoons yuzu juice

1. Add water to yuzu rind and bring to a simmer.
2. Mix the sugar and pectin together. Stir into the water and yuzu, pouring in a thin, steady stream while stirring. Bring to a boil.
3. Add the honey and stir until the mixture is thick.
4. Add the yuzu juice. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Keep refrigerated when not in use.

CIN-CIN!

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posted in DigBoston

 

 

Hangovers are a part of serious imbibing, as we were unpleasantly reminded the morning after our punch party last week. With New Years Eve nearly upon us, we wanted to offer a brief round up of strategies to help you cope the morning after:

 

Preventative Measures
As Pink Gin says, “You need to plan on the possibility that you’ll skip the night-before remedy. If you remember it, do you really need it?” Make these suggestions your mantra during the day while sober and you just may remember to follow them later in the evening:

 

Slow Your Roll Early: Have some nice, low alcohol sips in mind when you belly up to the bar. Cocktails made with low-alcohol liqueurs, like a Campari & soda, vermouth-based Half Sinner, Half Saint, or a San Francisco can keep you from getting too drunk too fast.

 

Water, water, water: Just do it. A glass between drinks is a good metric.

 

Eat. A Lot.: Eat a healthy portion of your dinner, even if you’re feeling full from all the water you’re drinking. You body will thank you. And, depending on how late you stay up, a second dinner might be appropriate.

 

Herbal Remedies as a Preemptive Strike: Take milk thistle before you start drinking (for your liver), B12 & B6 (for your hangover). One LUPEC pal swears by activated carbon pills: 2 with the first drink, one per each additional drink. All can be purchased at Whole Foods.

 

Morning-After Measures
Upon waking, you will likely need to ease into your day with a hearty breakfast, coconut water, ginger ale or beer, and a healthy dose of Advil. As Charles H. Baker writes of the “sort of human withering on the vine” that is the hangover in The Gentleman’s Companion, (repubbed as Jigger, Beaker, and Glass), the “Picker-Upper” is the only possible cure for when you feel “precisely like Death warmed up”: “We have…come to distrust all revivers smacking of drugdom. It is a small, tightly vicious cycle to get into, and a bit of well-aged spirits with this or that, seems much safer and more pleasant than corroding our innards with chemicals of violent proclivities, and possible habit-forming ways.”

 

After all, there are just two proven ways to never get a hangover: never start drinking or never stop. Once you’re ready for a little hair of the dog, any of these recipes should do:

 

Andy McNees’ Hangover Eraser Nos 1 & 2: For the original, build the following over ice in a pint glass: A shot of Fernet, two dashes of every kind of bitters on the bar, top with Soda water. Drink as quickly as you can through two straws like a Mind Eraser. See below for recipe No. 2.

 

Bloody Marys: There’s a good amount of vitamins in that there tomato juice.

 

Fizzes: During the pre-Prohibition heyday of the cocktail, the fizz held forth as the hangover cure de rigeur for sporting men. “Into the saloon you’d go, the kindly internist behind the bar would manipulate a bottle or two, and zam! There stood the glass packed with vitamins, proteins, and complex sugars, foaming brightly and aglow with the promise of sweet release,” writes David Wondrich in Imbibe! If you’ve never tried a Pink Lady before, now’s the time.

 

Good luck to you, dear readers! As Virginia Elliot and Phil D. Strong wrote in their 1930 volume Shake ‘Em Up, always remember to “Take cheer from the thought that if you are healthy enough to suffer acutely, you will probably live.”

 

ANDY MCNEES’ HANGOVER ERASER NO. 2
1 oz Fernet
.5 oz ginger syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
Dash Peychaud’s bitters
Dash Angostura bitters
Shake ingredients with ice & strain over new ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger beer.

 

Cin-cin!

 

PHOTO CREDIT: WOXY.COM

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