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*as posted in DigBoston

 

In a few months my very first cocktail book will be published. I have Dig Boston, our weekly deadline of cocktail columns, and devoted fans of the LUPEC blog to thank for years of readership and practice leading up to this crowning achievement. I’ve wanted to write ever since I was a little girl, and as I was looking over proofs to the book today, my little heart swelled with pride.  And what better time than the sex issue to finally reveal the fruits of my literary labor:  [drumroll, please! -Ed]the book will be called 

THE SCREAMING ORGASM.

 

Yes, it’s about cocktails with sexually suggestive names. I never could have imagined that this is how I would make my publishing debut. And you can probably imagine how mortified I was to tell my parents the title. Cocktail nerds everywhere will probably judge me. Then again, they’ve likely been doing that since I confessed my guilty pleasure cocktail (Malibu & pineapple). Or at least since I introduced you all to the Imperial Royale (Bud Light Lime and St-Germain) last August.

You’ll have to wait until June to check out this little gem. Until then, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite drinks from its pages: Sex with the Ex.

 

Made with jalapeno, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper this drink may seem at first blush like something you just shouldn’t do.

Well, you’re right.

Sex with the Ex isn’t always the best idea, but much like this cocktail it can sometimes be spicy, invigorating and exciting. And something you should really only do once. Or once in a while.

 

SEX WITH THE EX
1 Jalapeno slice
.5 oz maple syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz Plymouth gin
Cayenne pepper

Muddle jalapeno and maple syrup in a mixing glass. Add lemon juice, gin, and ice. Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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If a Sazerac tastes delicious to you and drinking several makes you drunk, what’s an easy way to make the experience of imbibing them even better? Why, make them stronger of course. But how do you make a cocktail that’s already about as boozy as they come even more so?

A high proof spirit is the solution.

As women who love spirits, we are always delighted to sample from this category of potables, known as “Navy Strength” products. In seafaring days, spirits would be distilled to a higher proof to ensure that if a bottle was ever spilled onto a pile of gun powder during an evening’s revelry, the ammo would still explode.

 

High proof spirits are also fun for party tricks, such as flaming shots, Blue Blazers, and the particularly showy display of blowing fire. Trying at home without supervision is not recommended. Instead, grab yourself a bottle of high proof rye and get busy mixing up a batch of the aforementioned Sazerac.

 

If mixing at home isn’t your thing, head on over to the Citizen where any of their team of skilled mixologists can mix one up for you, preferably with a perfectly spherical cube of ice.

 

SAZERAC
Adapted from The Essential Cocktail by Dale DeGroff

1 sugar cube
3-4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 oz Rittenhouse 100 Proof
splash of Absinthe, Pernod, or Herbsaint
Lemon peel

Take two rocks glasses and fill one with ice to chill for serving while preparing the drink in another glass. In the bottom of the prep glass, muddle the sugar cube and bitters until the sugar is dissolved; a splash of water can execute the process. Add the rye and several ice cubes, and stir to chill. Take the serving glass, toss out its ice, and add the splash of Absinthe, Pernod or Herbsaint. Swirl it around to coat the inside of the glass, and then pour out any liquid that remains. Strain the chilled cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

CIN-CIN!

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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 charityOn 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!

 

COCKTAIL PARTY

Our prom date left with the art teacher. True story. Man, we really coulda used a drink back then. Heh. Yeah … we’re calling this SNOW BALL thing a total do-over.
[69 Bromfield St., Boston. 617.338.7887. 7 pm/21+/$10. silvertonedowntown.com]

 

 

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