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*Recent ruminations from LUPEC Boston, as originally published in the Weekly Dig.

by Pink Lady

As regular readers of our column know, LUPEC ladies tend to defy general stereotypes about what women “should” drink. Flirtini? Umm…thanks, but we’d rather have a Sazerac. Girly drinks to us aren’t necessarily sticky sweet pink concoctions, and strong and stirred cocktails should not be reserved just for manly men. But putting the gender-bendy stuff aside, is there actual rhyme or reason to why we taste what we taste?

Yes, actually, there is and that’s exactly what we’ll be exploring next week at a Science of Taste Through Cocktails seminar at Eastern Standard. LUPEC has united a team of nerdy cocktail types with their scientific counterparts to explore taste through our favorite medium: alcoholic beverages. And it’s all for a good cause – proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit local non-profit Science Club for Girls.

The seminar will explore the scientific aspects of taste and flavor through cocktails. We’ll explore the five facets of taste (sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami) through five unique cocktails cultivated by five Boston bartenders, featuring Nicole Lebedevitch from Eastern Standard, Augusto Lino from Upstairs on the Square, Carrie Cole from Craigie on Main, Joy Richard from the Franklin/the Citizen, and Emily Stanley from Bols (formerly of Green Street, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, and Deep Ellum). Don Katz, a Professor specializing in Chemosensation from Brandeis, will speak about the science of taste and flavor, and Graham Wright, a former chemist and general Boston bon vivant, will team up with the bartenders to explain how these concepts are applied in the glass.

The Science of Taste is a consumer event and all proceeds from the evening will benefit Science Club for Girls, a MA-based non-profit that provides free hands-on enrichment in science and engineering to over 800 children in the Boston area, many of whom are from underrepresented groups and may be the first in their families to attend college. We couldn’t imagine a more appropriate cause.

Tickets are $55 and will include a welcome punch, five sample cocktails, and light snacks. Space is extremely limited. If you’re dying to figure out exactly what umami is, nab your tickets now.

In the interim, you raise a salty cocktail at home, a variation of which which we’ll serve at the seminar.

MICHELADA

Presented by Emily Stanley of Bols, formerly of Green Street, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, and Deep Ellum

In a chilled pint glass with a salted rim add:
1 bottle of Pacifico
.75 oz fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
4 dashes Tabasco sauce

Stir and imbibe with pleasure as your cares melt away.

Cin-cin!

 

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