The Snow Ball
A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom

Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
Monday, February 4, 2013, 7-11 PM

On February 4, 2013 from 7-11pm LUPEC Boston will transform the back room at Silvertone into an “Under the Sea”-themed Prom. The night will be a whimsical evening of dancing, drinks, and awkward slow dancing, all to benefit women’s charities On the Riseand The Breast Cancer Fund.

THE SNOW BALL will be LUPEC’s second annual winter prom, a party and clothing drive designed to alleviate the winter doldrums for Boston-area cocktail lovers while collecting clothing and raising money for women’s charities. Beneficiaries this winter are On the Rise, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports the initiative and strength of women living in crisis or homelessness, and cash donations for The Breast Cancer Fund, a non-profit working to translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns to protect women’s health and reduce breast cancer risk.

Entry to THE SNOW BALL costs $25 and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to The Breast Cancer Fund. Clothing donations will be given to On the Rise.

Guests who bring clothing and other items deemed acceptable for donation (to be specified so stay tuned) will receive tickets for complimentary drinks commensurate with their donation. $5 spiked punch and $7 cocktails will be available for purchase. Light snacks will be served and celebrity bartenders Josh Childs and Beau Sturm will hold forth behind the stick.

As with all LUPEC events, dressing up is encouraged. Guests are invited to come in creative formal prom attire, and to dress to impress. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed.”

THE SNOW BALL: A LUPEC Boston Winter Prom
Monday, Feb 4th from 7-11pm
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St, Boston
$25 at the door OR complimentary entrance with clothing donation
Entry is first come, first served
Entry includes: 4 drink tickets for $25 OR drink tickets commensurate with clothing donation, dancing, snacks

$5-7 cocktails available for additional purchase



  Repeal Night at The Hawthorne

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:31 PM

  1. Your flapper dress/tux-with-tails have been gathering dust since the last LUPEC Repeal Day Party.
  2. You own a flapper dress/tux-with-tails at all.
  3. You have $50 burning a hole in your pocket and would rather have cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a signed copy of the informative and entertaining Drinking Boston than holey pants.
  4. Hurricane Sandy put a bar/bartender you love from New York out of commision and you’d like them to get back on their feet. So you can have a place to drink in NYC.
  5. You’re a history buff who has always been curious about colonial drinking habits in our fair city but never had anyone to ask. In person. Until now…ahem, Stephanie Schorow author of Drinking Boston.
  6. You have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and don’t want to miss the best party of the holiday season.
  7. You love cocktails so much, you can’t imagine socializing without them. Meaning you would have suffered greatly during Prohibition. Raise a glass and a wish that those dark times don’t return. 
  8. You like to be anyplace where Ladies of LUPEC and guys and gals from the USBG Boston are serving up fabulous punch.
  9. You’ve tried Prohibition-era hors d’ouevres and think that too many of them involve anchovy paste. What will The Hawthorne have to offer?
  10. You’re dying for the chance to take home a book that has Ernest Hemingway, Jacques, The Boston Massacre, Barack Obama, the Rathskellar, Joe McGuirk, Silvertone, the Sons of Liberty, and of course, LUPEC Boston, all listed in the index.


LUPEC cordially invites you to…

Repeal Night at The Hawthorne

A Farewell to Bathtub Gin 

The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Ave

Wednesday, December 5, 2012Doors open at 6:31PM 

 The night that Prohibition was repealed was a very exciting time to be in Boston, according to Stephanie Schorow, author of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits (Union Park Press, November 2012). With the first legal drink served to Massachusetts Governor Joseph Ely at 6:31 on the dot, boisterous crowds took to the streets. Everyone wanted to be a part of the excitement-many wanted to get their hands on legal liquor, but many were there just to watch the celebration.

To commemorate the anniversary of repeal in Boston, a group of history-loving cocktail aficionados are hosting Repeal Night at The Hawthorne: A Farewell to Bathtub Gin. Party-goers will celebrate the end of the thirteen-year dry spell with (post) Prohibition-era cocktails, savory snacks and plenty of hijinks as they relive the day that bartenders went back to work and Bawdy Boston returned to the bar. In the same vein, proceeds from the Repeal Night party will go to USBG New York, to support those in the restaurant industry that are suffering from Hurricane Sandy.

Repeal Night at The Hawthorne: A Farewell to Bathtub Gin
Hosted by The Hawthorne, LUPEC Boston, and USBG Boston
The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Avenue
Wednesday, December 5, 2012.  
Doors open at 6:31 (the exact time the first legal drink was served in Boston)
Proceeds go to support efforts of USBG of New York, to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Buy tickets ($50) online and at the door (limited amount available, buy in advance online to ensure admittance!)  
Ticket price includes cocktails, snacks, a complimentary copy of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, and lots of celebratory fun.

We LUPEC ladies are all about a good time and cocktailing for a cause. We’re also keen on culture, which is why you’re sure to find us this Sunday raising a glass to Boston’s art scene at The Big Party!

Opus Affair and Eastern Standard are throwing a fine arts cocktail celebration like Boston has never seen, transforming the entirety of Eastern Standard into a 1920s Gatsby-style garden party with games, food, cocktails, and live music. The fete celebrates outstanding arts organizations that are reaching out to young professionals—and inviting the whole city to join in.

Organizations honored will be the Young Partners of the Boston Ballet, Museum Council from the Museum of Fine Arts, H2 from the Handel and Haydn Society, 35 Below from the Huntington Theatre Company, and Young Patrons from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be honored.

Guests will also be invited to weigh in! If you think they’ve missed an arts organization doing outstanding outreach to young professionals, nominate that organization when you purchase your Big Party ticket. Any organization receiving at least 20 nominations will be added to the honoree list and receive a share of the party proceeds.

Tickets include an open sponsored bar, featuring beverages from Hendrick’s Gin, Drambuie, St-Germain, Fernet Branca, Notch Brewing, High and Mighty Beer, Bantam Cider, and Narragansett Beer. Food will include passed and stationed appetizers from Eastern Standard, plus oysters from Island Creek.

Guests will have a chance to play croquet on the Hendrick’s Patio, enjoy card games in the Drambuie Parlor, pose for photos in the Gallery, watch silent short films in the Screening Room, and listen to music from the Ben Powell Quartet and DJ Ryan Brown.

There will be door prizes! Free ticket drawings coordinated by ArtsBoston will feature a wide-variety of Boston-area performing arts organizations. And Every Big Party guest will leave with a gift bag, with special offers, discounts, and giveaways from our sponsors and friends.

Tickets, which include all food, drink, door prizes, entertainment, are available for $75 for the general public, but we’re offering our LUPEC friends a 20% discount. To purchase your ticket at the discounted rate of $60, visit opusaffair.org/bigparty  and enter the code LUPEC. Codes are only valid for online purchase only.

As you ponder your flapper outfit, sip on this Prohibition classic!


2 oz dry gin

1 oz honey syrup

.75 oz lemon juice

Shake ingredients in an iced cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass. Cin-cin!



•previously posted in DigBoston 


Getting over that Sangria hangover …
(images courtesy of @BarHavoc)

Adapted from THE CRAFT OF THE COCKTAIL by Dale DeGroff

1 oz fresh lime juice
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
.25 oz soy sauce
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Pinch black pepper
1 oz Maggi seasoning or Habanero sauce
12-oz beer of choice
Coarse salt for garnish

Rub a lime wedge around the lip of the glass, then dip it into a saucer of coarse salt for
garnish. Mix the first six ingredients of your choice in the bottom of a beer glass. Fill with ice
and top with your favorite beer.





•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!


*previously posted in DigBoston


Recent LUPEC inductee Heather Mojer turned a year older Wednesday! We raise a glass to this lovely bartending lady and to her chosen cocktail moniker, a tipple that was until recently extinct: Swedish Punsch.

Not to be confused with “punch,” the liqueur evolved from Batavia Arrack, a red rice-and-sugar cane based spirit native to Southeast Asia. The Swedish East India Company is responsible for importing the stuff, which eventually became beloved by Swedes far and wide. “To mollify the sailors on board the ships, they let them dive into the Batavia Arrack that they brought back from the East Indies,” Eric Seed told theNew York Times last spring. “They would mix that with sugar and maybe a touch of the spice, and that grog they called their punch.”

Swedish Punsch began to be bottled sometime in the 19th century and was classically enjoyed warm with pea soup as a Thursday night tradition. By the early 20th century Americans were putting it in—you guessed it—cocktails. As the story so often goes, Prohibition killed any momentum the category had and it was obsolete stateside until very recently.

Could selecting a nearly extinct tipple as her LUPEC name be more in keeping with our mission to breed, raise, and release endangered cocktails into the wild? We think not. For that we salute you, Heather—happy birthday!

Raise a glass and go pay Heather a visit at Hungry Mother, where she’ll surely mix you up something fancy with the stuff.


1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz grenadine
2 oz Swedish Punsch
Shake in iced cocktail shaker and strain into a highball glass. Fill with ice & top with soda.