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We’re almost at the end of May and have some more updates about our #DrinkOne  Boston Marathon victim campaign.

Buy your tickets right here right now for our party at The Sinclair on June 6.from 7-11pm

The Boston-area bartending community will wrap up the month-long DrinkOne promotion with a celebratory fundraiser at Harvard Square hot spot, The Sinclair. Throughout the month of May drinking establishments from Boston, Cambridge, and beyond partnered together for DrinkOne, a city-wide drink promotion developed to benefit service industry professionals and families affected by the tragic bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The event will include $5 signature cocktails with proceeds benefiting DrinkOne, food, door prizes, raffle, burlesque acts by The Boston Babydolls, and more. Entry to the event ranges from $20 to $40 (including a raffle ticket and DrinkOne tee-shirt.)


party flyer

Remember: The boys of onthebar have made it super easy to find all #DrinkOne cocktails when you’re out about town.  Just download their app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for “drinkone” in the drinks tab!

Find our drinks on the onthebar app. Search for "drinkone"

Find our drinks on the onthebar app. Search for “drinkone”

Oh, and about those cocktails: THEY’RE FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS. Here, take a look at them (hover to see ingredients; click to embiggen). Then, drag your friends out to help you drink some!

And if you can’t make it out to any of our events or bars, remember you can still donate here. Cin cin!

Enjoy a DrinkOne cocktail at any of the following locations: Backbar, Citizen, Franklin Cafe, Franklin Southie, The Hawthorne, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Il Casale, The Sinclair, Russell House Tavern, The Vault, West Bridge, Sycamore, Daddy Jones, Park, Casa B, Moksa, Silvertone, Eastern Standard, Fuji.

DrinkOne cocktails are made possible with generous support from Fire Puncher Vodka, Brugal, Pierre Ferrand 1840, Cutty Sark, Reyka, Drambuie, GTD Wireworks Gin, Sailor Jerry, Hendricks, Jack’s Abby, Citadelle, Punt E Mes, Four Roses, Drambuie, Plantation 5 Year Barbados, Bacardi, Damrak, Four Roses, and J. Lohr wine.

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We’re halfway through May and have some exciting updates about our #DrinkOne  Boston Marathon victim campaign.

First thing’s first: Save the date for June 6 at the Sinclair where we will have a wrapup party featuring raffles, auctions, and more!

party flyer

Also: The boys of onthebar have now made it super easy to find all #DrinkOne cocktails when you’re out about town.  Just download their app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for “drinkone” in the drinks tab!

Find our drinks on the onthebar app. Search for "drinkone"

Find our drinks on the onthebar app. Search for “drinkone”

Oh, and about those cocktails: THEY’RE FREAKIN’ DELICIOUS. Here, take a look at them (hover to see ingredients; click to embiggen). Then, drag your friends out to help you drink some!

And if you can’t make it out to any of our events or bars, remember you can still donate here. Cin cin!

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Have a drink with LUPEC and USBG and make an automatic donation, it’s that easy!

Last week, we told you about our plans to help raise money for both the Marathon victims and our sisters & brothers in the service industry affected by the loss of business. Most of us work for bars that have all raised and will continue to raise money for OneBoston. We are doing this additional fundraiser, in part, to help the service workers who either could not get to work or donated their time to serve first responders, refusing any tips. We are proud of their selfless actions during what should have been one of their busiest weeks of the year.

All the bars on this list have designated a cocktail on their menu whose May proceeds will go our fundraiser. Stop into your favorite bars, ask them what their DrinkOne special is, order and pay for it, and you’ve donated! Thanks so far to: Back Bar, Casa B, Citizen, Daddy Jones, Franklin Cafe, Franklin Southie, Green Street, The Hawthorne, Il Casale, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Moksa, Park, Russell House Tavern, The Sinclair, Sycamore, Tavern Road, Trina’s Starlite Lounge, The Vault, and West Bridge!

Update 5/2: Also, thanks and welcome to Silvertone and Eastern Standard as participating bars!

Of course, none of this would be possible without our brand sponsors. Thank you to:  Angostura, Drambuie, Edrington Group, Fratelli Branca, Galliano, Jack’s Abby, Origins Beverage, Sidney Frank, and William Grant Innovations Portfolio.

Please help spread the word with your friends, customers, and colleagues! Stay tuned for news about the blowout party we’ll be having at the end of our DrinkOne campaign.

Can’t make it out? Donate directly here!

Want to get your bar involved? There’s still time! Contact Kitty!

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•previously posted in DigBoston by Pink Lady



Amelia Earhart was already famous when she set out for her first solo flight across the Atlantic on May 20, 1932. She made headlines as the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight four years earlier in 1928. The widely publicized event skyrocketed Earhart to international fame, earning her nicknames like “Lady Lindy” and “Queen of the Air”. Book deals, a lecture tour, her own luggage and clothing line and a spokeswomen position with Lucky Strike followed, despite Earhart’s role as merely a guest on the plane. Four years later she’d make the trip again, on her own, exactly five years after Charles Lindbergh’slandmark flight.


On the morning of May 20, 1932, Earhart departed Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in a cherry-red Lockheed Vega 5B bound for Paris, amid strong winds and icy conditions. The flight lasted 14 hours and 56 minutes and was plagued by mechanical problems that caused an unexpected landing in a pasture north of Derry in Northern Ireland: after “scaring all the cows in the neighborhood” she “pulled up in a farmer’s backyard.”


Earhart’s successful solo journey earned her a Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress, the Cross of Knight of the Legion of Honor from the French Government and the Gold Medal of the National Geographic Society from President Herbert Hoover, and cemented her reputation as a skilled and influential female aviatrix. To her, it also proved that women were equal to men in “jobs requiring intelligence, coordination, speed, coolness and willpower.”


We’ll drink to that.

1 oz Applejack
1 oz Gin
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Simple Syrup
1 or dashes grenadine

Shake with cracked ice and strain into your favorite vintage cocktail glass.


Cin cin!

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posted in DigBoston



Hangovers are a part of serious imbibing, as we were unpleasantly reminded the morning after our punch party last week. With New Years Eve nearly upon us, we wanted to offer a brief round up of strategies to help you cope the morning after:


Preventative Measures
As Pink Gin says, “You need to plan on the possibility that you’ll skip the night-before remedy. If you remember it, do you really need it?” Make these suggestions your mantra during the day while sober and you just may remember to follow them later in the evening:


Slow Your Roll Early: Have some nice, low alcohol sips in mind when you belly up to the bar. Cocktails made with low-alcohol liqueurs, like a Campari & soda, vermouth-based Half Sinner, Half Saint, or a San Francisco can keep you from getting too drunk too fast.


Water, water, water: Just do it. A glass between drinks is a good metric.


Eat. A Lot.: Eat a healthy portion of your dinner, even if you’re feeling full from all the water you’re drinking. You body will thank you. And, depending on how late you stay up, a second dinner might be appropriate.


Herbal Remedies as a Preemptive Strike: Take milk thistle before you start drinking (for your liver), B12 & B6 (for your hangover). One LUPEC pal swears by activated carbon pills: 2 with the first drink, one per each additional drink. All can be purchased at Whole Foods.


Morning-After Measures
Upon waking, you will likely need to ease into your day with a hearty breakfast, coconut water, ginger ale or beer, and a healthy dose of Advil. As Charles H. Baker writes of the “sort of human withering on the vine” that is the hangover in The Gentleman’s Companion, (repubbed as Jigger, Beaker, and Glass), the “Picker-Upper” is the only possible cure for when you feel “precisely like Death warmed up”: “We have…come to distrust all revivers smacking of drugdom. It is a small, tightly vicious cycle to get into, and a bit of well-aged spirits with this or that, seems much safer and more pleasant than corroding our innards with chemicals of violent proclivities, and possible habit-forming ways.”


After all, there are just two proven ways to never get a hangover: never start drinking or never stop. Once you’re ready for a little hair of the dog, any of these recipes should do:


Andy McNees’ Hangover Eraser Nos 1 & 2: For the original, build the following over ice in a pint glass: A shot of Fernet, two dashes of every kind of bitters on the bar, top with Soda water. Drink as quickly as you can through two straws like a Mind Eraser. See below for recipe No. 2.


Bloody Marys: There’s a good amount of vitamins in that there tomato juice.


Fizzes: During the pre-Prohibition heyday of the cocktail, the fizz held forth as the hangover cure de rigeur for sporting men. “Into the saloon you’d go, the kindly internist behind the bar would manipulate a bottle or two, and zam! There stood the glass packed with vitamins, proteins, and complex sugars, foaming brightly and aglow with the promise of sweet release,” writes David Wondrich in Imbibe! If you’ve never tried a Pink Lady before, now’s the time.


Good luck to you, dear readers! As Virginia Elliot and Phil D. Strong wrote in their 1930 volume Shake ‘Em Up, always remember to “Take cheer from the thought that if you are healthy enough to suffer acutely, you will probably live.”


1 oz Fernet
.5 oz ginger syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
Dash Peychaud’s bitters
Dash Angostura bitters
Shake ingredients with ice & strain over new ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger beer.





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*As originally published in the Weekly Dig November 24, 2011

by Pink Lady


“Holidays Mean Family—We Sell Liquor” reads the sign on a packie in West Somerville, MA. It’s one of the most brilliants pieces of marketing we’ve seen, reminding us as we gather around the Thanksgiving table with family and friends that we’re probably going to want to have a cocktail in hand. Allow the LUPEC ladies to be your guide.

This Thanksgiving, we turn our attention to the humble cranberry.

We love it in cranberry sauce, both the delicious, homemade version and the weird kind that comes in a can … and actually LOOKS like a can. We also love it in cocktails. There’s more to cranberries than the sugar-filled juice that pinkens the Cosmopolitan, you see. (That said, I, for one, have been reviving the Cosmo lately. Ask for it “with Plymouth gin, please” and remember why this believed by many to be “the last classic.”)

At Toro, the Nantucket Mule is a delightful riff on the classic Moscow Mule made with cranberry compote, ginger and cranberry simple syrup, vodka, and ginger beer and served in a copper mug much like the original. It’s one of the most popular drinks on the list and sure to take the edge off as potential family drama begins to rear its head. Stop in for one tonight as you brace yourself for tomorrow’s meal.

Or mix one at home. The drink is a delight and a great way to stimulate the appetite as you prepare to stuff yourself with turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing tomorrow afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers! Enjoy your cranberries and enjoy your cocktails.


Heaping barspoon of cranberry compote
2 oz vodka
.5 oz ginger simple syrup
.5 oz cranberry simple syrup
.5 oz lime juice
Ginger beer
Combine all ingredients except ginger beer in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a copper mug or a double old fashioned glass. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.




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DIG BOSTON  November 17, 2011

At heart, we Americans are a culture are prone to excess, especially when it comes to eating and drinking on Thanksgiving. Borrowing a page from cultured old Europe, we’d like to share one of our secrets for eating and drinking for hours on end:

a lovely little spirit category known as digestifs.

As the name implies digestifs are consumed post-dinner to help the diner, you now, digest. Often rife with herbs and spices believed to have stomach-settling properties, these tend to be higher in alcohol than their antecedent, the aperitif. Modern bartenders use them to add flavor to cocktails, though digestifs are traditionally served straight or on the rocks.

Any cocktail nerd worth his rye knows of Fernet, the cocktail bartender’s shot of choice. How this became so among the cocktail glitterati remains a mystery, but it most certainly has arrived. Earlier this month the brand toured the Boston-area in a tricked out VW Fernet bus. And you shouldn’t be shocked to find some of our favorite local bartenders astride a baby blue Fernet cruiser.


Huzzah for clever marketing.

The American anomaly of Fernet shots aside, this amaro, or bitter, is consumed in Italy after dinner to help digest. Like most liqueurs it has a secretive recipe, containing dozens of different herbs including saffron, aloe, gentian root, chamomile, myrrh, and so many more. The flavor: bitter like a boxing glove to the head, and a little minty.

Nothing could be so effective at pushing all that turkey down your gullet.

Nipping Fernet at key points throughout your meal is a surefire way to keep you eating for hours on end, but for the bitter tasters among us, Fernet can be a bit much. Hailing from Sicily, Averna is much sweeter than its northern cousin.

When it’s time for a post-dinner cocktail, try this creation by the amaro-minded Joy Richard, a.k.a. Bourbon Belle. When designing the bar for The Citizen, she finagled a way to have Fernet on tap. Now that’s a bitter kind of love.


1.5 oz Punt e mes
.75 Falanghina Grappa
.5 oz averna
3 dashes ango orange
Stir, strain, grapefruit



The first annual Glovebox Fundraiser for the Arts at West End Johnnies features both specialty cocktails and a silent auction, so you’ll have something quality to sip on as you stare down potential bidders.

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by Kate Durgin


This October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Speed Rack launched a 10-city tour to find the fastest female bartender in America, while raising funds for breast cancer charities. The tour kicked off in Boston on October 10, 2011 at Villa Victoria Venter of the Arts.  Founded by LUPEC New York’s Ivy Mix and Lynette Marrero the National Competition “Speed Rack” featured top female bartenders form Boston in a head to head challenge based on time and accuracy.

Our beloveded bartenders Kelly Unda (Harvest, and Forum) faced Sabrina Kershaw (The Citizen, Noir) in the final round with Kershaw taking the win!  However, this did not happen without a battle from our Boston Competitors…

Joy Richard, The Citizen
Nicole Lebedevitch, Eastern Standard
Trina Sturm, Trina’s Starlight lounge
Bryn Tattan, Drink
Naomi Levy, Eastern Standard
California Gold, Drink
Jenn Lampman, Tremont 647
Janelle Poirier, Alibi Bar, and the Lounge Liberty Hotel
Joy Flanagan, Armsby Abbey
Candace Smith, Grill 23
Anakarina Gende, Green Street
Josey Packard, Drink
Lindsey Smith Mistral and Gypsy Bar
Kevyn Ashton, Russell House Tavern
Stephanie Clarkson
Elizabeth Powell, Descent

Speed Rack travels to cocktail focused cities with strong LUPEC Chapters including Portland (Oct 23, 2011), Los Angeles (Nov 13, 2011), and Washington DC (Dec 4, 2011). In 2012 Speed Rack will travel to San Francisco, Houston, Denver, Las Vegas, and Chicago, all with the goal of raising $75,000 before the ultimate Miss Speed Rack is crowned in May 2012 at the national finals in NYC.

Special thanks for small bites from The Citizen, The Franklin Cafe, The Franklin Southie, Toro, Coppa, Meyers + Chang and Trina’s Starlite Lounge. As well as Judges, Misty Kalkofen, mixologist-extraordinaire from Drink and president of the Boston chapter of LUPEC, Jackson Cannon of Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar, Liza Weisstuch a spirits and cocktail journalist and Christopher Myers, co-owner of Radius, Via Matta and Myers+Chang. Emcee Chris Patino was a riot, as always, and the “Rack Boys” – well, we couldn’t have done it with out you!

Good luck Sabrina! Boston will be cheering for you in May!!!

Additional information can be found on the Speed Rack website http://www.speed-rack.com, on Facebook http://www.facebook/speedrackinfo and on twitter @speed-rack. To compete please contact ivy@speed-rack.com or lynnette@speed-rack.com. Tickets for upcoming editions can be purchased at http://www.speedrack.eventbrite.com.

*Participating Sponsors for 2011 events:

Barritt’s Ginger Beer
Beefeater Gin
Cocktail Kingdom
Famous Grouse
Fever-Tree Tonic
Harpoon Beer (Boston only)
Perfect Purée
Pierre Ferrand (Boston and Portland)
Plymouth Gin
Rhum Clement
Rhum JM
St. Germain
Woodford Reserve

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*As recently published in the Weekly Dig.

by Pink Lady + Hanky Panky

Memorial Day is nearly upon us, marking the beginning of summer (even if we’ve been having lousy, rainy weather). For the ladies of LUPEC that means its time to turn to light, refreshing cocktails. As the days become longer and warmer we like to focus on those spirits that are a bit lower in alcohol, making them perfect for the social occasions of summer that can sometimes span an entire day … such as that barbeque you’ll be hitting this Monday. Here’s a primer on some of our favorites.

Campari is a bitter Italian aperitivo. The full recipe is a closely guarded secret, but we do know that it is flavored with, among other things, rhubarb, bergamot and orange peel. When the temperature rises, pour it over ice and top with soda. If you find this too bitter, split the Campari half and half with sweet vermouth and enjoy your Americano.
Widely known for its role in James Bond’s cocktail of choice, the Vesper, Lillet Blanc is a refreshing French aperitif from Podensac in Bordeaux. It’s a blend of Bordeaux wines, fruit liqueur and quinine. At only 17% alcohol by volume, Lillet is the perfect fit for afternoon drinking on the porch. Serve Lillet on the rocks with a twist of orange. Or try the recently available Kina Lillet.

We usually associate vermouths with Martinis and Manhattans, but in the summer these fortified, aromatized wines are the perfect sip for a warm afternoon. A good choice with which to begin is Martini Bianco, a blend of dry white Italian wines flavored with vanilla and aromatic herbs.

Salut—here’s to summer!

2 oz French Vermouth
2 oz Dry Vermouth
.5 oz Herbsaint
Lemon twist
In a rocks glass, combine the vermouths over ice. Float the Herbsaint. Garnish with the lemon twist.


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

March 3rd marks the birthday of blonde bombshell, Jean Harlow. Born Harlean Carpenter but affectionately known as “the Baby,” the actress would have turned 100 this week.

Harlow’s career started as a happy accident when she drove a friend to an audition at Fox shortly after she moved to California with her first husband. Though fascinated by the studio environment, 17-year-old Jean had no desire to become an actress—even after her friend returned to the car with three Fox executives in tow, who produced a letter of introduction to the head of casting after laying eyes on the beauty. Weeks later she took them up on the offer just to win a bet.

Known for her on-screen persona as a vampy sex object, off-screen Jean possessed a naiveté and complete lack of guile about her considerable physical attributes. “When we walked down the street, she would literally stop traffic,” a high school classmate of hers remembered. “Men would climb out of their cars and follow her.”

Frank Capra was the first director to take an interest in cultivating Harlow’s talents as an actress when they worked together on Platinum Blonde, and his efforts paid off. Her next film, Red-Headed Woman, elevated her from sex goddess to comedic actress and was, in Harlow’s words, “the first chance I ever had to do something in pictures other than swivel my hips.”

Baby Jean’s career came to an untimely end when she died from kidney failure in 1937 at just 26 years old. With over 40 films already under her belt, many believe she might have gone on to become one of the most accomplished actresses in American cinema. Here’s to Baby Jean.


1 1/2 oz light rum
1/2 oz cream
1/2 oz Cointreau

Shake in iced cocktail shaker & strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


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