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*as posted in DigBoston

 

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!

LUPEC: THE SNOWBALL

*as posted in DigBoston

 

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]

 

 

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! 

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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The Snow Ball!

*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.***

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]

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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