Drinking Events/Mark Your Calendars

Forget Ladies Who Lunch. Meet the Ladies Who Drink Really Good Cocktails.

LUPEC Seattle meets Wednesday, March 3 to drink Canton cocktails. You should totally come.

February 23, 2010

She’d always loved cocktails. But it was the highly enthusiastic women of Boston’s branch of LUPEC (that stands for Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) that inspired Wendy Miller to start a Seattle group. She met them at Tales of the Cocktails, an annual drinks convention in New Orleans, and after hearing about their fun and well-attended meetings and fundraisers, she decided we needed our own LUPEC chapter.

A national organization founded in Pittsburgh in 2001, LUPEC brings together cocktail-loving ladies from all walks—industry pros, drink hobbyists, and novices looking to get out of the cosmo cage. The Seattle chapter meets on the first Wednesday of every month, each time at a new bar. It’s free to attend, just join the Facebook page here and you’ll start getting invites.

The meetings are different each time, says Miller, who works with the host bar to figure out a game plan. At a recent Moshi Moshi event, bartender Erik Carlson made four special drinks and gave out free dessert. The next meeting (March 3 at 7pm) will be held at Rob Roy, the bar’s co-owner Anu Apte is one of Seattle LUPEC’s founders. Apte is creating three drinks for the occasion using Canton, a ginger-flavored liqueur. As such, Canton will be buying the first round.

Miller says she is always looking to incorporate fundraising efforts into the events but also wants to help expose other women to her favorite local bars—while simultaneously supporting those bars in the yuck economy—and celebrate that greatest of American inventions: the cocktail.

Just remember, no boys allowed.

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