Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails was created in 2001 in Pittsburgh. The Denver Chapter was established in February 2003. LUPEC has spread quickly and has chapters all across the nation.
We are dedicated to the Gin Fizz, the Widow’s Kiss and the Singapore Sling – the drinks our mothers and grandmothers drank, the drinks we strive to save from extinction as a small measure of remembering those great women and their great cocktail parties.
In a post-millennium world of beer and prepackaged ChexMix, 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 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.
- To use our talents and resources to give back to our community.
So, remove the pineapple chunk from your cocktail, raise your glass and drink to their memory! Up in ya!