Archive for the ‘Boston broads’ Category

by Pink Lady
Raise a glass to your right to drink!

On December 5, 1933 the 21st Amendment was ratified ending thirteen long, dry years of Prohibition. “Hallelujah!” cried the nation.

This Monday, the ladies of LUPEC will celebrate by turning out a party in our signature style: with full flapper dress, cheap punches, snacks, and cocktailing for a cause!

Because what else do you have to do on Monday besides drink cheap cocktails for charity?

In keeping with the Speakeasy theme of the era, the location of the party won’t be officially announced until later this weekend. But here’s a riddle of a hint:

You’ll find all that you need at this watering hole,
From a dram to a Collins to drinks by the bowl.
Black nectar from the tap is always divine
Or go whole hog if you’re a fan of swine!

Details will be revealed via Twitter, Facebook, this newsletter, and good ol’ word of mouth (a.k.a. text a LUPEC member.)

What to expect:
*LUPEC girls in flapper gear channeling Texas Guinan and saying things like “Hello suckers, come on in & leave your wallet on the bar!”
*$4 cups of punch!
*$2 charity punch – only available to those who know the super secret password (announced on Repeal Day, Dec 5th)
*Great drinks made with Bluecoat Gin, St-Germain & Pierre Ferrand
*Polaroid photo project, all proceeds go to charity
*Hip flasks, flapper gear, and tails welcome!

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Hope to see you there!

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Join us for a Holiday Punch Party on Monday, December 20th at Starlite Lounge to benefit On the Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness.

In addition to the usual mixing, mingling, and drinking that our events offer, we’ll also be holding a clothing drive for the ladies served by On the Rise. An article of women’s clothing gets you a free drink ticket.

We’re seeking casual winter women’s clothing such as: winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves as well as bras and undergarments of all sizes as there’s always a need for items like these. Proceeds from drink sales will also be donated to On the Rise, so you can still make a difference if all you have are pockets full of cash.

***Starlite will be accepting clothing donations all weekend long! You can drop items off Friday, December 17th – Monday, December 20th after 4pm.***

LUPEC Holiday Punch Party
Monday, December 20, 6 – 11 p.m.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge – Parlor Bar
3 Beacon St., Somerville, MA
Punch, snacks, and specialty cocktails will be served thanks to Bols Genever, St-Germain, Pierre Ferrand, Plantation Rum, Beefeater 24, Absolut, Chartreuse and more!

Holiday attire is encouraged and can be interpreted however you like: Santa Suit, ugly Christmas sweater, Three Wise Men beard, or little black cocktail dress.

We hope to see you there!


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by Pinky Gonzales


Photo by: Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza

Eilen Jewell is a local musician – singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, harmonica player – in the modern Americana vein, worthy of our attention. We mention her here in our column in the Weekly Dig. She and her killer band have just released their third (third time’s a charm!) album, Sea of Tears, which is one of those records that’s hard to take out of your player – especially in the car with the top down and the breeze blowin’. A recent review describes their sound as “where rockabilly, Chicago blues, café jazz, country, and swing collide and create a new musical galaxy.” They all also make their own southern-inspired “moonshine” – I’ve had the pleasure of sipping some of bassist Johnny Sciascia’s. Give a listen on Eilenjewell.com, buy a CD, or check them out on May 8th at the Iron Horse in Northampton. Being the fine gal she is, Eilen (pronounced EE-lynn) shares some good thoughts on booze, bars, and musical broads with us here:

1. What do you like to drink?

Kalimoxos!  A kalimoxo is a Basque drink that is served in my favorite hang, Bar Gernika, in my hometown of Boise, Idaho (where there is a vivid community of people from the Basque country).  You take cheap red wine–it has to be cheap or else it won’t be as good–and you pour it over ice and stir in an equal amount of Coca-Cola.  It’s kind of like a poor man’s sangria, especially fabulous in the summertime.

2. Who’s a woman in music everyone should know and why?

Jessie Mae Hemphill!  She’s an unsung hero.  Her music is so amazing, I’ll never understand why she’s not a household name.  I’m trying to do my part to change that.

3. Name somebody, past or present, you’d enjoy sipping a cocktail with.

James Joyce, because I imagine that everything he said would either fascinate me, disturb me deeply, or make me laugh, or all three at once.  Plus, I’m not Irish at all, but I’ve never met an Irish person I didn’t like–or an Irish drink, for that matter.

4. Why is it that so many blues (etc.) songs have references to alcohol in them, and has any song ever piqued your interest in drinking?

I think a lot of artists mention alcohol in their songs because it has meaning to a lot of people, as do things like love and traveling.  Almost everyone has some strong feelings about it.  When I first turned 21 I was really starting to get into Bessie Smith.  She sings a song called “Me and My Gin,” which I found amusing because it details the various mean things she does when gin is involved.  One verse of it goes, “Don’t try me nobody ’cause you will never win / Don’t try me nobody ’cause you will never win / I’ll fight the army and navy, just me and my gin.”  This is probably the reason I tried it out for the first time.  Or did I try out Bessie Smith because I liked gin?  I can’t remember, but the two are intertwined.

s_seaoftears5. What are you excited about with the new release Sea of Tears?

I’m excited by our slightly new sound.  With Sea of Tears we accidentally threw in some early rock n’ roll, and to my ears it works well next to our countryish/bluesish/rockabilly-type stuff on our first two records.  I’m also excited to tour Europe again this fall and the rest of the country this spring and summer.  Onward and upward!

6. You cover a Loretta Lynn tune on the new album, as well as have a side project/LL tribute band called “Butcher Holler”. What’s something you really admire about Loretta [besides her signing your guitar!]

She’s got a flawless, gripping voice.  Her songwriting is quirky but poetic in a way that only she could pull off.  I’ve heard it said that she has had more of her songs banned than any other country music artist, which I think is pretty awesome.  With songs like “Dear Uncle Sam,” one of the few anti-war country songs in existence, and “Rated X” and “The Pill” which came right out and talked about divorce and birth control while they were still very taboo–man, she’s gutsy!  I wish more people up there on the country music charts were keeping their listeners on their toes, rather than simply conforming to and confirming their flag-waving, bigoted stereotypes.  Don’t get me stahhted.

7. What was on your mind when you wrote High Shelf Booze? [awesome song from last year’s release, Letters From Sinners & Saints]

High Shelf Booze is a song I wrote about one of my friends.  She survived a horrible, messy break-up by going out, having fun and dating lots of men and women.  I’m not sure whether it worked for her, but I guess the song isn’t exactly about pragmatic solutions.

8. You’ve done a lot of touring and traveling all over the world now. What are some of your favorite bars?

I know I will accidentally omit at least one and anger a few people, but off the top of my head….The Maple Leaf in New Orleans, Drink in Boston, El Sol in Madrid, Bar Gernika in Boise, the Tir Na Nog in Somerville (gone but never forgotten!), the Paradiso in Amsterdam, the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain and the Oyster Bar in St. Francisville, Lousiana.  Last month, when we were in Louisiana, one of the highlights of the tour was that the bartender at the Oyster Bar gave me and the band a free bumper sticker.  It reads, “Gator Bit.  If you hit the pit.  The Oyster Bar.”  We will forever puzzle over what that could mean.

9. Any tips on drinking in moderation?

I suppose my ability to moderate comes from learning the hard way.  You have to respect the drink.

10. Do you have a secret weapon that keeps you going?

My secret weapons are positive thinking and negative thinking.  Positive thinking comes in handy before the show, when I’m getting ready to go on stage.  I visualize how I want the show to go, how I want to be and act, and that focuses my nervous energy.  And negative thinking–also known as a jaded sense of humor–keeps me from taking things too seriously.  It keeps me laughing at the stupid shit.

We’ll drink to that.

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by Pink Lady

scoff·law \-ˌlȯ\ – noun: a contemptuous law violator.*

As the story goes, the Scoff Law cocktail was invented in 1924 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The word, however, was invented in Boston the previous fall. Here’s story of how one beget the other.**

In October of 1923 prominent Anti-Saloon League member Delcevare King conceived of an peculiar sort of marketing campaign designed to bring shame and scorn upon flouters of the 18th Amendment and Volstead Act which prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.” King developed a contest to offer $200 (roughly equivalent to $2,400 today) to the person who could invent a word “which best expresses the idea of lawless drinker, menace, scoffer, bad citizen, or whatnot, with the biting power of ‘scab’ or ‘slacker’.” By the January 1, 1924 deadline 25,000 entries poured in from all over the country (with a few international ones, too), suggesting gems like scut, boozlag, alcolog, hooch-sniper, rum-rough, and law-loose-liquor-lover, according to a Boston Herald article on the topic.

Each word was judged against the following criteria: it should be no more than two syllables, begin with an “s” (to make it “sting”), refer to illegal drinkers only (not drinkers at large) and emphasize the law-breaking rather than liquor as the problem, and be linked to the following statement by President Harding: “Lawless drinking is a menace to the republic itself.” On January 16, 1924 the Boston Herald announced the winning word, the “scofflaw”, proposed by two separate contestants, Henry Dale Irving of Andover and Kate L. Butler of Dorchester. (They split the prize money.)

The entire premise of King’s contest was subject to widespread mockery in the media and beyond and using the word in vain seemed an almost instantaneous reaction to King’s earnest endeavor. The New York Times predicted “scofflaws” would be impervious to the word: “said sinners will not be startled nor abashed at being told that they do what they have never tried to conceal.”

Right. Said sinners relished the term and raised a glass. As Chicago Tribune reported on January 27, “Jack, the genial manager of Harry’s Bar in Paris, yesterday invented the Scoff-Law Cocktail, and it has already become exceedingly popular among American Prohibition dodgers.”

We’ll drink to that.

Harry’s Bar in Paris version
1 oz. Canadian whiskey (originally recommended because it contained at least SOME rye)
1 oz. dry vermouth
.25 oz. lemon juice
A hearty dash grenadine & bitters.
Shake with ice & strain into a cocktail glass.

*Merriam-Webster Online. 21 September 2008
** The story is well-detailed in Allan Metcalf’s Predicting New Words, p. 44.

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…compliments of Brother Cleve.

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by Pink Lady

Whenever LUPEC throws a party I find myself gleefully overwhelmed: So many cocktails on offer, so little time…however will I sample all of the delicious drinks on this list in one evening? Perhaps I’d try if I were a guest, but since I’m there representing a ladies club devoted to sophisticated and responsible imbibing, I abstain, lest I end up dancing on a table with a lampshade on my head.

But what about all those cocktails I missed out on?

Now, thanks the the recently available Little Black Book of Cocktails by LUPEC Boston, many of those drinks can be made in the comfort of your own home. Handsomely designed by LUPEC Boston’s own Pinky Gonzales, this smart little book contains recipes for all ten of the “namesake cocktails” of the ladies of LUPEC Boston, plus recipes for some of our favorite classics and vintage-inspired originals — approximately 40 favorites in all. We’ve designed it with readers like you in mind, so you may enjoy these fine drinks at home, on your own time — lampshade chapeau-ed dance optional.

The book costs $15 and all proceeds from book sales benefit the Friends Boutique at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which provides wigs, prosthetics, scarves and services for people dealing with the appearance side effects of cancer treatment.

LUPEC partnered with Cambridge-based photographer Matt Demers last fall to participate in his “Women in Pearls” series. Modeled after a striking black and white photograph of 1920s It-girl Louise Brooks (right), the “Pearls” project is Demers‘ study on body image and beauty for modern women. In the artists’ own words,

“Thanks to the photographic magic of Eugene Robert Richee the starlet [Brooks] was stripped of culturally-defined trappings. No make-up, high-fashion or salon treatments. Black on black, her physical body shape disappeared into the abyss. Over-exposed skin tones erased any skin flaws. The authentic Louise Brooks emerged, bold and exquisite.”

In Demers‘ mind, LUPEC + Pearls = a match made in heaven: “Passionate about their craft, bucking stereotypes with gusto, champions for social causes: the LUPEC ladies were a natural fit for my evolving project. Channeling the spirit of the Pandora’s Box muse, the ladies stepped in front of the camera with fearless zest to become the cornerstone of the series.”

And his images, in turn, became the cornerstone of The Little Black Book of Cocktails by LUPEC Boston.

To order a copy of The Little Black Book of Cocktails email us at lupecboston@gmail.com. You can also pick up a copy at Magpie (617-623-3330) in Davis Square, Somerville, or Buckaroo’s Mercantile (617-492-4792) in Central Square, Cambridge.

And let us know what you think of the drinks by dropping us a note in the comments section. The first reader to respond letting us know they’ve tried all ten cocktails just might receive a special prize at our next event!

A sante!

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by Pink Gin

The ladies of LUPEC Boston have focused their charitable energies on local women’s causes. But there are a lot of ways to give back, and here is one that helps women in developing countries.

Water For People (WFP), a non-profit organization, is a champion for people in developing countries – helping them help themselves by implementing simple, affordable water and sanitation solutions to meet the needs of their community.

Why is this a women’s issue? According to research cited by WFP:

–The average distance that women in developing countries walk to collect water per day is 6 kilometers (4 miles) and the average weight that women carry on their heads is approximately 20 kilograms (44 pounds), the same weight as airport luggage allowance. (WSSCC, 2004)

–Almost 70% of the world’s citizens living in poverty are women. (World Water Day, 2001)

Water For People projects impact entire communities—hundreds of people. Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation can change the economic climate because people are able to work and build businesses. Children are less likely to be ill and can attend school. Women are free from tedious water collection and are free to take care of their families and generate income. Entrepreneurs sprout up around the water project, finding creative ways to begin new businesses related to this new community asset.

So — in the spirit of LUPEC Boston’s belief that having fun and making the world a better place are not contradictory – check out the Water For People Gala Celebration!

This event features:

–High-scoring dining
–Pre-Gala tours of Fenway Park
–Live jazz entertainment
–Live auction of Red Sox memorabilia
–Special MC – WCVB’s Karen Holmes Ward

Proceeds from this event will go directly to WFP, so your contribution will have a significant impact on the lives of impoverished people worldwide.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available now!

And if you can’t make it to the event, we suggest raising a Croton Cocktail in one hand (as you make out a generous donation check with the other) in honor of this great cause.

A salut!

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In two and a half weeks, 1,250 runners of the Boston Marathon will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Let’s support these athletic, ambitious ladies!

Casey is one woman who will be running, in honor of her grandmother, to improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s and promote research and effective treatments. If you’d like to donate to this cause, click here.

If you know of any other fabulous broads running the marathon in support of their causes, please post a comment with the link to their donation page so LUPEC readers can share their support!

May your feet fly, ladies. I’ll be toasting you with an Aviation at Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square.

1.5 ounces gin
.75 ounce maraschino liqueur
.75 ounce fresh lemon juice
Maraschino cherry (optional)
Shake the gin, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice well with ice; then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired.

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by Barbara West

“Mary S.” of St. Louis, Missouri (c. 1851-1880) was an inventor who led a life of genius and poverty. Lacking finances and confidence, she sold the rights to her mechanical inventions to various male agents, for as little as $5 each. These men received 53 patents, and a great deal of wealth. Mary S. herself died impoverished at roughly age 30.

The tragic story of Mary S. spurred one of her acquaintances, Charlotte Smith, to seek justice and recognition for women inventors. A businesswoman and former intelligence agent for the Union Army during the Civil War, Smith was known for empathizing with the struggles of self-supporting women. She wrote about Mary S. in The Woman Inventor, a magazine she founded in 1891. She also pushed for the publication of an official List of Women Patentees. Feminists used the list to argue for women’s suffrage. Today, the list remains the major source of information on 19th-century female inventors. These women were patronizingly dubbed “Lady Edisons.”
Thanks to the list, we know that nearly 4,000 women received U.S. patents between 1809 and 1895—more than 5,000 if design patents are counted. One of the era’s most prolific female inventors was Margaret Knight of Boston (1838-1914). She is credited with about 90 inventions and 22 patents, the most famous of which was the first machine to make the square-bottomed paper bags that are still used in grocery stores today.

In the late 1890s, Smith moved to Boston, where she founded a Women’s Rescue League to provide shelter, food, and training for poor working girls, homeless or battered women, and prostitutes wanting to leave the trade. In 1907, she organized a Woman’s Board of Trade. After spending thousands of dollars on projects to help women become self-supporting, and years of direct charity to homeless and desperate women, Smith died alone in Boston in 1917. She was seventy-seven.

Here’s a cocktail with which to toast our industrious forebroads known as “Lady Edisons.”

2 ounces brandy
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
Shake brandy, Campari and lemon juice with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.


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