The inaugural Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) group was founded in 2001 in Pittsburgh. The group was established with the goal of "dismantling the patriarchy - one drink at a time." Their Mission Statement:
"In a post-millenium world of beer and prepackaged Chex Mix™, LUPEC works tirelessly to breed, raise, and release cocktails that are endangered or even believed to be extinct. The collecting of anachronistic recipes by women, and the resulting creation of endangered cocktails in an all woman setting is intended to achieve the following goals:
- To create a secular "coven-like" atmosphere in which Classy Broads of today can invoke and honor the spirits of their Forebroads
- To continue the 150 year American tradition of dangerous women calling themselves Ladies and getting together in groups, clubs, and societies to work undercover while they chipped away at the patriarchy.
- To protect the collective Joie de Vivre of LUPEC members by assuring them at least one good party a month
- To encourage the accumulation and use of vintage serving and barware."
Since the formation of the original Pittsburgh group, active LUPEC chapters now exist in a number of other cities such as New York, Boston, Denver, Portland, and Seattle.
Saturday Night, the Seattle Ladies of LUPEC opened the door (of the Rob Roy Penthouse) to the masses. What an opportunity was bestowed upon the Seattle cocktail community. Lucky guests (yes, guys too) could join the Ladies for a night of tasty, original cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The cocktail menu included drinks by Anu Apte and Jenn Hegstrom and were made with the new Makers Mark 46 (loved the Hestia!), Voyager Gin, Sound Spirits Ebb and Flow Vodka, and Corrido Tequila. Proceeds from the evening benefited the Jubilee Women's Center.
Ted Munat was there mixing cocktails and signing his book Left Coast Libations. (Buy. This. Book.) Please read his wildly entertaining blog post about his coming-of-age exploits with a young pre-LUPEC group.
The integrated LUPEC party was a great success. Stay tuned for more LUPEC fun. I'm sure there will be future opportunities for the boys to join again.
|LUPEC Ladies with Token Boy|