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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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Between drink sales, book sales, and raffles tickets, LUPEC Boston raised $2230 for the Friends Boutique at LADIES NIGHT at Toro our March 30th event. Not bad for a three-hour long cocktail party.

Thanks again to all who came out to support the cause. We’re thrilled!

Also check out this article about LUPEC and the Ladies Night event in the online women’s magazine, Misstropolis.


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Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for LADIES NIGHT at Toro, our St-Germain sponsored toast to Women’s History Month!

The evening was, quite literally, a smashing success. From 9:30 on, Toro was packed with people there to raise a glass in honor of Women’s History Month. Our guests rocked the raffle and we raised almost $800 in ticket sales. As for specialty cocktail sales we’re still counting our change, but by 10:30 p.m. last night we’d raised about $1,000 on drinks alone!!! We’ll pass along the final numbers once they’re in. All of this paper will be donated to The Friends Boutique at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

There’s still one more evening left of Women’s History Month. If you’d like to raise a glass in honor of women in history — and women making history — this rainy Monday evening, why not raise one of these? They sure were a hit last night.

Fill a tall glass (12oz or 16oz) with ice
3 oz dry sparkling wine of your choice
2 oz St-Germain
Top off with soda water
Add a lemon twist, tres delice!
img_0734All ten ladies of LUPEC with staff photographer, Matt Demers in the middle. Cin-cin!

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