NYC’s LUPEC team creating Scotch cocktails featuring the assortment from artisanal distiller Compass Box. These cocktails will be paired with chocolates from Rachel Zoe Insler, of the East Village’s Bespoke Chocolates and a selection of cheeses. Men and women alike attended last year’s event, which featured 12 bartenders at the helm. If scotch isn’t your thing, celebrate at home with this genever-based cocktail by Misty Kalkofen of Drink, Boston, and founder of LUPEC Boston. Her cocktail, The 1820, features Bols Genever, a spirit from Holland made from corn, wheat, and rye grains and blended with juniper berry distillate. This spirit pre-dates gin, and is very smooth—in between a whiskey and a vodka, and is fantastic in mixed drinks. In honor of strong women who drink strong spirits, I would like to repeat the story of Texan Guinan, a bartender from prohibition times. I hope you will laugh as much as I did upon reading it. Happy Women’s Day!!
“Hello, Suckers! Come on in and leave your wallet on the bar!” is how blonde bombshell Texas Guinan greeted guests at the speakeasies she manned in New York. She was famous for her wisecracking, running the hottest clubs in town, and being hauled off to the pokey on a regular basis. Upon re-opening after raids, she would sometimes sport a necklace of gold padlocks to show the cops there were no hard feelings.
1.75 oz Bols Genever
.25 oz Galliano L’Autentico
.5 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Lavender Simple Syrup
1 bar spoon Del Maguey Minero Mezcal
1 dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
—Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.