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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!

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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!

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!

Super Successful Pink-A-Rama! October 31, 2007

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We are so happy with how Pink-a-Rama went last week! We had a really good time sipping tasty vintage cocktails, chatting with our friends, and making new friends.

Thanks to the Ruby Room for being a stellar host! They really went out of their way to set the mood, with a whole vintage cocktail menu and swanky tunes. They even let Delilah behind the bar for a few minutes to make a Pink Lady. We’ll be back, Ruby Room!

Thanks too, to Rebecca for repping the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization at our event. We were able to raise $84 for Y-ME! It was great meeting her, and she had some kind words for us as well:

“Congratulations! That is great for your first event. Thank you for LUPEC choosing Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization as your beneficiary of Pink-a-Rama. I had a great time and I know that my friend Karen did too. Your group really put a lot of thought into all of the details.

Please let me know when you are having other events. I would love to join you again and would be happy to send an invite out to people I know.

Thanks again for your support. We would love to have LUPEC join us as a team at our Walk to Empower on Mother’s Day – May 11, 2008 at Tempe Beach Park.”

Maybe if we start stretching now we’ll be ready for that walk in May. Anyone up for the challenge?

Here some pics from Pink-A-Rama. Enjoy!

Plus, amp.az has posted up a couple of videos from the event too. Check them out!

Shirley Temple and Delilah talk about LUPEC with amp.az

Delilah mixes a Pink Lady at Pink-A-Rama

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!

Are you ready for Pink-A-Rama? October 5, 2007

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We’re hosting our first big-deal event, and it’s all about pink!

Three special edition vintage drinks, made as they were back in the day, will be deftly created by the wonderful Ruby Room mixologists. Those drinks are the Pink Lady, the Cosmopolitan, and as our designated driver special – the Shirley Temple. A dollar from each vintage drink will be donated to the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.

Starting at 10:00pm, a DJ will be playing some fun lounge and retro tunes to keep up the mood. Rummage through your closet and don those pink tees, hot pants, feather boas, or whatever else you can find.

In addition, amp.az will be featuring this event on their site, and will be out there with a video camera to capture our inaugural event. Pretty cool huh?

Time to mark those calendars and tell your friends to save the date! Make it a girls night out, a romantic evening, or just a brief swing-by to check out the festivities!

breast cancer fundraiser

What: Pink-a-Rama!
Who: LUPEC Phoenix (That’s us!)
Where: Ruby Room, 717 S. Central Ave. , Phoenix , AZ 85004
When: Wednesday, October 24th starting at 7pm