LUPEC Denver at the Denver Modernism Show

29 Aug

We were excited to participate in the Denver Modernism Show for the second year in a row, demonstrating classic cocktail technique and educating a targeted audience about the importance of saving endangered cocktails!  This year we decided to showcase some of our favorite simple cocktails: Sidecar, Manhattan, and Daiquiri.

Gin and Sin and Italian Stinger showcase their cocktail skills!

We had a fantastic time discussing bar-tending techniques, such as shaking vs. stirring, making your own simple syrups, properly creating a sugar rim, and choosing the appropriate glassware.  We hope everyone learned something new and enjoyed a cocktail sample or three!  As promised, here are the recipes:


The origins of the sidecar are shrouded in controversy, but legend has it that the drink was created in Paris (or was it London) near the end of World War I. It’s said that an officer, popping out of a motorcycle sidecar, requested a drink to warm him up at either Harry’s or the Ritz and the Sidecar was born.

1 1/2 oz brandy

3/4 oz Cointreau

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

Shake the ingredients vigorously over ice and pour into a sugar rimmed cocktail glass. Delightful!


Another cocktail whose history is hotly debated, this classic was invented at the Manhattan Club in the late nineteenth century.  We’re fans of most incarnations, whether made with whiskey, rye, or bourbon.

1 1/2 oz whiskey

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

maraschino cherry

Stir the ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry and enjoy!


This concoction, better known to modern audiences in it’s exaggerated frozen form, was the drink of choice for Ernest Hemingway and Marelene Dietrich.  It was named for a small town in Cuba and while the origins are also shrouded in mystery, it’s been a classic since it was created in the early twentieth century.

1 1/2 oz white rum

1/2 oz simple syrup

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

Shake the ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Thanks to the Modernism show for including us again and big congrats to our own Gin and Sin, who was crowned Miss Modernism 2010!


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