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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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by Pink Lady

We’re thrilled to announce that several of our members and the places where we work have received “Best of” nominations this year!

The Boston Phoenix has nominated several LUPEC ladies & their haunts in prestigious categories like Best Bartender, Best Cocktail Bar, Best New Restaurant, and more! Join us in casting a vote for these fabulous broads and venues where you can find them behind the stick.

Food & Wine has nominated Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro & Coppa (where you’ll find Pink Lady) as People’s Choice Best New Chef! Jamie is a longtime friend, LUPEC supporter, and one of the most talented chefs to grace the Boston restaurant scene. Polls close today and voting is neck & neck!

Read on & vote!


Food & Wine’s “The People’s Chef” Poll

Jamie Bissonnette, a longtime friend, LUPEC supporter and chef at Toro (where you can find Pink Lady) has been nominated for Best New Chef in Food & Wine’s “the People’s Choice” Best New Chef poll!

Polls close today & voting is neck & neck! We hope you’ll take a moment to cast a vote.

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We hope you can join us in casting a vote for these fabulous broads and the great venues where you can find them behind the stick!

Two LUPEC broads have been nominated!
Misty Kalkofen a.k.a. Hanky Panky, our Prez
Trina Sturm a.k.a. Boston Bullet
, one of our newest members!

The Citizen where you’ll find Bourbon Belle
Drink home of our Prez, Hanky Panky
Trina’s Starlite Lounge home of 2 LUPEC ladies, Boston Bullet & Hot Toddy
Eastern Standard where you can find Amber Dream

The Citizen where you’ll find Bourbon Belle

home to Pink Lady

The Franklin Cafe
where you’ll find Bourbon Belle
Eastern Standard where you can find Amber Dream

, helmed my member-emeritus Contessa

Island Creek Oyster Bar where you can find Moscow Mule

Tasty Burger
, also helmed by Bourbon Belle

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

by Pink Lady

The history behind the great classic cocktails keeps us interested, but it’s often the quirky names that draw us in. With Halloween approaching, let us turn our attention to morbidly named libations, such as the Corpse Reviver.

Judging by name alone, you mistake this cocktail for a modern, icky club-land creation, possibly of the same ilk as the Mind-eraser. It’s easy to feel intimidated by a drink with such a name, and how are there four or five different versions of it? The simple answer is that this fine concoction was actually more of a category of cocktail than a singular drink itself, much like how many people will ask a bartender for their house list of “martinis” nowadays.

“[The Corpse Reviver] originated at the turn of the twentieth century, sometimes merely as the ‘reviver’ or ‘eye-opener’,” writes Ted Haigh in Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails. Quite simply, the drink is the hair of the dog of yesteryear. It has committed over 100 of service to hungover individuals, breathing life where ethanol fumes once lingered and restoring equilibrium and balance to mind and body.

The Corpse Reviver No.1 contains Italian Vermouth, Apple Brandy, and Brandy. According to Harry Craddock, the drink should be taken “before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.” Tell that to your boss next time you “need steam” and see what happens. It’s just another reminder that we were born in the wrong decade.

The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is the one you will most commonly encounter today. We think it’s a delight when made with Bluecoat gin, Vieux Carré Absinthe and Combier L’Original triple sec. Of this drink, Harry Craddock warns: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.”

Do bear this in mind as you make your rounds this Halloween.


Adapted from the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock

.75 oz Italian Vermouth

.75 oz Apple Brandy or Calvados

1.5 oz Brandy

Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.


Adapted from Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails

1 oz Bluecoat American gin

1 oz Combier L’Original Triple Sec

1 oz Liller Blanc

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1-3 drops Vieux Carre Absinthe

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.


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by Pink Lady

We LUPEC gals are some bitter broads…when it comes to cocktails, anyway. We’ve been fans of The Bitter Truth products since we got our hot little hands on test samples a while back, and eagerly awaited the Boston launch of this brand for years. The Bitter Truth bitters became available in the Bean a few months back and we’re now thrilled to announce that The Bitter Truth founders, Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck, are coming to Boston, too.

The exciting roster of consumer events lined up include a fabulous Meet & Greet/Tasting at The Boston Shaker from 6-7 p.m. tomorrow followed by a seminar at DownTown Wine & Spirits from 8-9:30. There are still a few spots left for this, so make sure to reserve your spot today!

If you can’t make it to either event tomorrow, Stephan and Alexander will be guest bartending at Eastern Standard on Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. Come by for a drink and to chat about their famous brand of artisanal bitters.


Meet-and-Greet with The Bitter Truth founders Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck at The Boston Shaker

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010, 6:00-7:00 p.m., FREE
The Boston Shaker
69 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Bitters Seminar at DownTown Wine & Spirits

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010, 8-9:30 p.m., $35/per person
225 Elm St
Somerville, MA, 02144

Join the founders of The Bitter Truth, Alex and Stephan, as they walk through the history of bitters with a focus on the cocktail. From the 18th century through the birth of the saloon to the bar and cocktail culture we know today, this seminar will explore myths, facts, and developments in the world of bitters. We’ll discuss early brands, defunct brands, and changes to the product over time while revealing true historical facts of well-established brands and offering insight into The Bitter Truth range of products.

Sign up via The Boston Shaker.

GUEST BARTENDING: The Bitter Truth’s Alex and Stephan Shaking it Up Behind the Bar at Eastern Standard

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215-2606
(617) 532-9100

Sample drinks made with The Bitter Truth’s sought-after line bitters, shaken and stirred by founders Alex Hauck and Stephan Berg themselves!

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Photo by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Look no further than the “G” section of today’s Boston Globe, which ran a gorgeously illustrated story on holiday drinking with LUPEC Boston today.

You can also check out the story and the photo gallery + recipes here, on Boston.com. For step-by-step instructions on making Silent Night Punch, check out Pink Lady’s video on How2Hereos.com.

Happy Holidays from LUPEC Boston!


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