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*The latest ruminations from LUPEC Boston, in case you missed ‘em in this Week’s Dig.

by Pink Lady

As members of LUPEC, we devote a good deal of time, both personally and professionally, to breeding, raising and releasing endangered cocktails into the wild. It’s arduous work, but someone’s gotta do it. Every now and then, we like to take a little break from the cause and diversify our activities. What better way to do so than with a night at the theater?

We were thus utterly delighted when the folks at Manderley Bar invited us to participate in the immersive theater experience Sleep No More. Produced by award-winning British theater company Punchdrunk in conjunction with the American Repertory Theater and La Morra restaurant, this performance has been making headlines since it opened in Boston in October. A cursory read of the details leaves no question as to why:

• The show takes place in an abandoned elementary school in Brookline, where each room has been transformed into that of a 1930s-era home. (Except the bathrooms, where the stalls are still portioned for little people and hark eerily back to second grade.)

• It’s theater … kind of. More precisely, the show is an installation of scenes designed to intimate the story of Macbeth told in the framework of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.

• The audience dons masks and moves through the set among the actors, experiencing the performance on a sensory level as they choose what to watch and where to go—from pine-scented rooms full of Christmas trees to a hallway that reeks of mothballs, to room after room of props you can actually touch.

• A ’30s-era jazz club, the Manderley Bar, acts as home base for the show, where a swinging jazz quintet, the Annie Darcy Band, performs standards post performance as you mix, mingle, debrief and drink.

• The entire experience is creepy as hell but with Manderley Bar as home base, you can pop in for a tipple at any point during the show, and return to experience more art through a slightly rosier lens.

LUPEC Boston will join the staff at Manderley Bar behind the stick tonight pouring a special cocktail list inspired by the performance, including Satan’s Whiskers (Curled or Straight) and our favorite punch, David Wondrich’s Fatal Bowl, among others. These will be served in addition to the Manderley’s excellent classic menu, which features gems like this one, the Old Etonian. Mix one up at home as you toast the coolest interpretation of Macbeth to hit Boston in some time—and buy tickets online before the show ends on January 3rd.

OLD ETONIAN

1.5 oz Plymouth Gin

1.5 oz Lillet Blanc

Add two dashes each of crème de noyaux and orange bitters.

Shake with ice; strain into your favorite vintage cocktail shaker. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Drinks from the LUPEC Boston menu at Sleep No More are below:

SATAN’S WHISKERS (Curled or Straight)
.5 oz gin
.5 oz dry vermouth
.5 oz sweet vermouth
.5 oz orange juice
2 tsp orange curacao
1 dash orange bitters
Shake, strain up, garnish with orange twist. For straight, sub Grand Marnier for curacao.
From Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book, published in London in 1930. “We sip our Satan’s Whiskers curled if it’s still light outside and straight if it’s not.”

BLUE MOON
2 oz Gin
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Crème Yvette
Shake and strain in to a chilled cocktail glass
Lemon twist

THE BLINKER
2 oz rye
1 oz grapefruit juice
2 barspoons raspberry syrup
Shake with ice, strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
First appeared in Patrick Gavin Duffy’s The Official Mixer’s Manual, circa 1934. Blinker was another term for the blinders worn by working horses to help keep their eyes on the road.

THE FATAL BOWL (aka The Wallop Bowl)
Recipe by David Wondrich
4 lemons
1 cup demerara sugar (or Sugar in the Raw)
4 English Breakfast Tea bags
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 cups Cognac
1 1/2 cups Dark Rum
fresh nutmeg
Remove the peel from 4 lemons with a vegetable peeler, and place in a large punch bowl. Pour demerara sugar over the lemon peels and muddle to release the lemon oils from the peel.
Boil 2 cups of water and steep the 4 tea bags for 5 minutes.  Add hot tea (tea bags removed) into the lemon and demerara mixture.  Let cool for 20 minutes, if possible.
Add Cognac, Dark Rum, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Place large chunks of ice, of an ice mold into the punch. Top with grated nutmeg.

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We’ve got some great events ahead this month – St-Germain Industry Night at the Franklin Southie, another great boozy shopping event at Grand, and a guest bartending appearance at Bar Manderley, the clandestine watering hole within Punchdrunk/A.R.T.’s production of Sleep No More, with discounted tickets for friends and fans of LUPEC Boston!

St-Germain Industry Night at the Franklin Southie – TONIGHT

Drinkboston founder and LUPEC member emeritus Lauren Clark (a.k.a. Barbara West) teams up with Kate Palmer (aka Saucy Sureau) of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and Franklin bev manager/bartender Joy Richard (a.k.a. Bourbon Belle) to present St. Germain Industry Night!

For bar and restaurant workers and non-industry folk alike, featuring $6 St. Germain cocktails starting at 8 p.m., $1 Island Creek oysters at 9 p.m., and festivities last ’til closing time at 2 a.m.

All are welcome – we hope to see you there!

Franklin Southie
152 Dorchester Ave., South Boston

http://franklincafe.com

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Shift Your Shopping at GRAND

Next Tuesday, December 15, LUPEC will join Somerville Local First for the “Casual Santa” installment in their ongoing Shift Your Shopping series at GRAND. With cocoa and cider available for the kids from 4 – 7 p.m. and grown-up libations compliments of LUPEC from 7 – 10 p.m., this is a holiday shopping extravaganza you won’t want to miss.

LUPEC will serve two fabulous (and strong) punches with special thanks to Preiss Imports, St-Germain Liqueur and Great Estates Wine. Sip, shop, and support local business. We hope to see you there!

GRAND (the Store)
374 Somerville Ave
Union Square, Somerville, MA
grandthestore.com

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LUPEC Boston Guest Stars at Sleep No More’s Manderley Bar

On Wednesday, December 16, LUPEC Boston will join La Morra behind the stick at Manderley Bar inside the Sleep No More production at The Old Lincoln School in Brookline. Friends and fans of LUPEC are invited to attend the show at a special discounted rate - provided they know the secret password – on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

The Old Lincoln School in Brookline has been exquisitely transformed into an installation of cinematic scenes that evoke the world of Macbeth, told through the lens of a Hitchcock thriller. You, the audience, have the freedom to roam the environment and experience a sensory journey as you choose what to watch and where to go.

Manderley Bar is the 30’s-era Jazz Club that anchors the theatrical installation. LUPEC Boston will be on hand, mixing up of-the-era cocktails as guests enjoy the musical stylings of the fabulous Annie Darcy Band.

All friends and fans of LUPEC Boston can receive discounted tickets to the event. Send an email to jen@lamorra.com with “WHAT’S THE PASSWORD” in the subject line.

It wouldn’t be LUPEC if we didn’t encourage period dress. Come one, come all, and come dressed to the nines – this is a theatrical experience you won’t want to miss!

Sleep No More
Old Lincoln School
194 Boylston Street, Brookline
www.americanrepertorytheater.org
Email jen@lamorra.com with WHAT’S THE PASSWORD in the subject line.
Period dress is encouraged – come dressed to impress.

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