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Garnished from the web January 6, 2009

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Yeah yeah. I know it should be “garnered.” But we LUPEC ladies do love our garnish.

Nonetheless, enjoy these gems I’ve stumbled across lately:

Imbibe magazine rates absinthes
Get your green fairy on with one of these fine beverages. It seems price doesn’t always equal quality. But it doesn’t hurt.

CHOW features raw egg cocktails
As we know, the raw egg white in the pink ladies we enjoyed at Pink-A-Rama didn’t kill us. In fact, they added a nice body and a little froth to our cocktails. Perhaps Widow’s Kiss Karen will offer up some Ramos Gin Fizzes for our February / Mardi Gras meet?

Delilah doing research.

Delilah doing research.

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June Meet: The tiki tiki tiki tiki room! July 1, 2008

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To herald our third at-home meet, we went with a full-on tiki-themed pool party! We learned about famous women of Polynesia (real, mythological, and those in-between), swam, and tasted the fogcutter, Don the Beachcomber’s original zombie, and the Singapore Sling.

half the ingredients

half the ingredients

Wow, did they pack a punch! I think, by far, the favorite was the Singapore Sling. (Since it had about 15 different ingredients, it had better be!) Luckily, we had all afternoon to lounge by or in the pool to let it wear off.

April meeting re-cap May 1, 2008

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How much fun was that? Karen / Widow’s Kiss hosted our second at-home meeting in her lovely home. It was a perfect day to enjoy the patio and the green grass. Such a treat, here in the desert.

We also learned about some famous widows and their drinks. Karen’s namesake was a golden, complex cocktail that required a long time to savor and to disassemble the dozens of flavors it held.

Jackie O’s favorite cocktail — the original daiquiri — was a definite group favorite. Unlike the frozen, super-sweet version of today, the old version was light, citrusy, and crisp. In fact, they went down a little too easy.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable day, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Next Meet: April 26th April 18, 2008

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That’s right folks, we’re having a Saturday meeting this month. So you can have a little more tipple, without worrying about workday effects.

Not only that, it’ll be our first home-hosted meet! Our very own Widow’s Kiss (love the new name!) AKA Karen, is welcoming us into her home for a chat, and some lovely bevvies.

We’ll also be working on some stuff for next month’s Y-ME walk. Don’t forget, to sign up for the team, or to donate, just go here.

Since this is a home meeting, RSVPs are required, in order to get the details on where exactly. If you are interested in attending, please email lupecphx@yahoo.com.

Oh, and hey, wasn’t last month’s meet fun? Thanks again to the Ruby Room for hosting us. Too bad about the mint juleps. They were a bit mouthwashy.

‘Til we meet again, cheers!

Summertime, and the meeting is easy March 28, 2008

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We’re having a meet n’ sip! Come to the Ruby Room at 3pm, and we’ll chat about what’s going on in our lives, and what LUPEC Phoenix is planning for the coming months. Plus, as always, we’ll sample some tasty cocktails.

As far as a theme goes, I’m taking the easy way out and claiming it a “Show n Tell.” That’s right, just like in grade school.

Bring with you whatever strikes your fancy: an old photo, an embarrassingly bad poem you wrote in the 8th grade, the book you’re reading right now, a nifty kitchen gadget, a shotglass you stole from a bar, a knickknack off your desk — whatever!

If you’re interested in attending, simply email lupecphx@yahoo.com — or just show up.

See you Sunday!

Have I been slacking or what? January 15, 2008

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I neglected to re-cap the Thanksgiving meet and the Holiday meet! Both were good fun, and we tasted some delicious, and some, um, interesting cocktails (the Snowball comes to mind).

Now that all the hurly-burly holidays have blown by, we’re worn out, and ready for revival. That so happens to be the theme of our January meeting!

Got a holiday hangover? Parties, planning, shopping, and entertaining got you burned out and blasé? A hair of the dog is just what you need to start feeling fancy-free again. Join us for some pick-me-up cocktails and lively conversation at the Ruby Room! It’s just what the doctor ordered.

FYI, the Ruby Room can be a little hard to find if you haven’t been there before. So keep those eyes peeled. They share a parking lot to their north with a Wells Fargo which has a much bigger sign so you can see it easily from a distance. For you Mapquest or GPS users, the address is: 717 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85073

The drink menu is thus:

The 1930s Bloody Mary

Cover the bottom of the shaker with four large dashes of salt, two dashes of black pepper, two dashes of cayenne pepper and a layer of Worcestershire sauce. Add lemon juice, two ounces each of vodka and tomato juice and some cracked ice. Shake, strain and pour.

(No horseradish, no celery stock, and less tomato juice than the modern version)

The Sazerac

  • 1 teaspoon of simple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey (Old Overholt is preferred)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Herbsaint (Pernod may be substituted)
  • Strip of lemon peel

Sazerac history and mixing directions here. (Thanks, Chuck!) You may wonder how this drinks fits the theme. But if you read the history, you’ll see that one of the key ingredients — the Peychaud’s Bitters, originally had medicinal purposes.

The Morning Cocktail

  • 3/4 ounce brandy
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange curaçao
  • 2 dashes maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 2 dashes Pernod

Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with maraschino cherry and twist lemon peel over the drink.

As for the meeting, we promise not to even mention the H-word! Instead, let’s focus on the future, and how we plan on steering our lives, and LUPEC Phoenix in 2008!

A Buffet of Beverages November 15, 2007

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Again, the Ruby Room is going that extra mile to help create our classic cocktails for this meeting. We have two classics in the buffet, and one modern beverage that just fit so well with the theme, we had to include it. Here they are!

According to Wikipedia:
Plymouth gin

On the front of the bottle is the ship, “The Mayflower”, this is because when the Pilgrim Fathers set out for their journey to the new world, bad sea conditions and damage forced them to put into Plymouth harbour for shelter and essential repairs. Local tradition has it that some of them stayed in the Franciscan monastery which later became the distillery.

I ordered some orange bitters for the occasion. I only hope it gets here in time!

    Mayflower Martini
    (1896)

  • 2 jiggers Plymouth Gin
  • 2 jiggers Dry vermouth
  • dash Fee Bros orange bitters
  • Lemon twist

What’s Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce? The Cape Codder features cranberries heavily. Plus, Cape Cod isn’t all that far from Plymouth Rock.

    Cape Codder

  • Ice (enough to fill a highball glass)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 lime wedge (for garnish)

And finally, our new guy. It’s all here: turkey, apples, cranberries, spices – basically it’s Autumn in a glass!

    Thanksgiving Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Applejack brandy
  • 1 tsp Rose’s lime juice
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice and nutmeg

Serve in a martini glass with a spice-sugared rim (mix 1/4 cup sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice and nutmeg). Garnish with orange peel.

Gobble Gobble! Let’s meet! November 7, 2007

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It’s that time again, ladies! Chill your glasses, don your frocks, and get ready to gather.

The holidays are closing in fast. So we want to get together before we are neck-deep in madness. Let’s do it Sunday, November 18th at our new favorite haunt, the Ruby Room. They are kind enough to open the doors early for us, at 2pm. We love those guys!

The theme, or course, is Thanksgiving. We don’t have a womanly-bent on the subject. But rather, we thought it would be fun if we just chatted about our family’s and friends’ holiday shenanigans. Plus, it would be a cool way to get to know one another a little better.

What about the time the dog stole the turkey? Or when your Uncle Charlie passed out in the mashed potatoes? Do you have a quirky tradition you do every year? Tell us about it! If you have pictures, bring ‘em. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about Thanksgiving either. Any family gathering will do.

We also have some tasty cocktails to sample. We’re bending the rules a little bit (hey, isn’t that what they’re for?), and serving two classics, and one “new classic” – all inspired by those Fall feasts.

Please send us a quick note saying whether you plan on attending or not, so we can save you a seat. Just email lupecphx@yahoo.com. If you have an questions, please feel free to email too.

Cheers!

Hey lookie! November 1, 2007

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A Pinkie Drinkie October 23, 2007

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In anticipation of tomorrow night’s Pink-A-Rama event, I decided to try my hand at making one of the vintage drinks we are offering – the Pink Lady.

To many, what comes to mind when hearing that name is a rich, sweet, milkshake-like concoction. That is the version that was popular in the 60s and 70s. But if you look back to the 30s, you’ll find that the Pink Lady was once a sophisticated, dry, and somewhat tart cocktail.

This is the version we will be offering at Pink-A-Rama:

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz . applejack
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/2 an egg white
  • 1-4 dashes of grenadine

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake briskly, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Sorry to say, I don’t stock applejack in my bar. But I did have Cointreau. I subbed that in, and made a Boxcar, which was darn tasty!

boxcar cocktail

Here are the other two vintage cocktails that we’ll be offering:

The Real Cosmopolitan:

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 2 dashes Cointreau
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp. raspberry syrup

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

And finally, for the designated drivers we love so much, a true Shirley Temple:

  • 4 oz. ginger ale
  • 2/3 oz. grenadine
  • 2 oz. orange juice

Pour ginger ale and orange juice over ice. Add grenadine. Garnish with lemon slice and a cherry.

Now I am so thirsty! See you tomorrow night at the Ruby Room!