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Monday, February 13, 2006


We are in our twenties and thirties. We are different shapes and sizes, different hair, eye, skin colors, different politically. We are eight, now, but soon will be more, and still miss the two who ignored Horace Greeley and went east instead.

We are Bijou, Cuba Libre, Gin Daisy, Grasshopper, Kir Royale, Southern Ginger, Vamp and Velvet Hammer.

We are the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, Denver-style.

Once a month, we gather, usually in a member's home, occasionally in a bar, and we drinktalklaughrepeat. Once every few months, we throw a party or participate in an event, the proceeds from which go to organizations that we feel support women in an exceptional manner. We have raised money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, tsunami relief efforts, SafeHouse Denver, the Colorado Aids Project and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

We are artists, actors, writers, architects, publicists, designers, computer queens, teachers, athletes, dancers, health care workers, administrators, fundraisers, students and more.

Our mission is thus:
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 provide financial support to local and national organizations that look out for Classy Broads.

We owe our roots to the mothership in Pittsburgh, women we admire and respect. We owe our founding to Italian Stinger who found the mothership and knew. And knew we would, too.

We are married and single, in love, betrayed, content alone. We are responsible and flighty. We are funny and serious, intense and laid-back.

We are strong.

We are brilliant.

We are beautiful.

We are you.

We are LUPEC.