Hostess: Frivolous Filly

 

In attendance: Black Monday, Madras, Bijou, Lady Finger, Firefly, Frivolous Filly, Sapphi, Whiskey Daisy

DRINKS TESTED:
the Frivolous Filly, the Emerald, the Green-Eyed Monster

"LUPEC is the Village Green Preservation Society" This meeting was held in honor of everything green. At the height of a particularly drab and gloomy summer, it seemed like a good idea to celebrate something vibrant and cheerful, whether the actual weather was or not. Members were encouraged to dress in green, and everyone was given green beaded necklaces and plastic rings to add to the theme. The music: The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society; Weezer - the Green Album; the Essex Green - Everything is Green; Al Green - Greatest Hits; Ivy - Apartment Life and no, we did not play Green Day. The living room was decorated with plants and plastic frogs and other green goodies, and Filly's cat, Duran Duran, came dressed for the occasion with bright green eyes.

THE DRINKS:

The Emerald

1/3 Dry Gin
1/3 Sweet Vermouth
1/3 Green Chartreuse
1 tsp. Orange Bitters

Filly: Whew - that's harsh. Not a very good summer drink. Definitely a sipper: 1.5

Monday: Very herby. A bit syrupy - texturewise, not in a sugar way. Strong but a bit much. 3.5

Daisy: A bit harsh, but better than the one we tried to make before. I'd like maybe some soda water…: 3

Firefly: Herbs a plenty. It goes better with ice: 3

Madras: A little harsh, could use some type of mixer: 2.5

Finger: Minty fresh cough syrup with a touch of evergreen - not too bad when watered down with ice: 3.5
*NOTE - This drink was deceptively named - it was not even remotely green.

The Frivolous Filly

1/3 Midori
1/3 Brandy
1/3 Cream
slice of kiwi

Filly: I am proud to have this as my moniker! Nice, light and breezy, and I usually hate drinks with dairy products: 4.5

Monday: I'm not pro-melon, so I wasn't too sure, but it's very light, refreshing. Nice color green, too: 3.5

Daisy: tasty, cooling. We don't drink enough melon-flavored stuff! Pretty tasty, but the creaminess could be a bit much with more than one: 3.5

Madras: Yummy like a McFlurry with a kick: 3.5

Firefly: Very refreshing, sweet and creamy and just slightly fruity: 3.5

Finger: Undertones of melon, lovely color, excellent refreshing quality and not obnoxiously creamy: 4

Green-Eyed Monster

1/3 Irish Cream
1/3 Green Chartreuse
1/3 Sweet Vermouth

Filly: not quite as bad as the first; there is such a heavy taste. Nifty aftertaste: 3

Firefly: Yikes! I just want to know why it curdles!: 1.5

Monday: Just a little too curdlely, which is a shame because the Irish Whiskey component had me all excited: 3

Daisy: I want it to be chocolaty, dammit. I don't know, that creamy & citrus thing doesn't work for me: 1

*NOTE: This drink was not green either, dammit.
*"The Emerald" and the "Green-Eyed Monster" were both taken from Crosby Gaige's Cocktail Guide and Ladies' Companion (pub. 1941), a witty old book containing oodles of anecdotes and recipes like "Why Minks Make Love" and "Madame, Can You Walk?." It is highly recommended reading, and several LUPEC members already own copies of the book. It can be found fairly easily on Ebay, but Ms. Filly was lucky enough to discover it in her grandparents' basement bar, along with a moldy, musty copy of the standard Mr. Boston Official Bartending Guide.

THE FOOD:

Green noodle salad, chips & guacamole (& salsa), spinach dip with pumpernickel, veggies & dip, wasabi peas, olives, NON-GREEN FOOD: hummus & pita, deviled eggs

Green Noodle Salad, aka "Salad Taverna"
1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. Tabasco sauce
½ tsp. anise seed
¼ tsp. salt
8 oz. spinach noodles, cooked, drained
½ lb. feta cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup sliced pitted ripe olives
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup pine nuts.
Throw it all together and refrigerate it - yum.

Spinach Dip
The same ol' spinach dip recipe found on the back of vegetable soup packets. (1 pkg. soup mix, two tubs sour cream, two pkgs. frozen spinach thawed and drained, pumpernickel bread.


THE BUSINESS:

~   We discussed the issue of decorating the windows of the Skinny Building for the month. Timing was a problem, as we would have to design and install the works ASAP. It was decided that we just didn't have the time or capability on such short notice. Great idea, though - hopefully we can work with them in the future.
~   Quantum Theater would like us to do something on opening night for a "sexy play" they've got coming up, possibly in November. Further details will come once Ms. Monday corresponds with the appropriate people.
~   The Carnegie Library's copy of the Barbara Walker book, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, is in tatters. LUPEC would like to donate a replacement copy for them. We will look into purchasing it from the online feminist book store.
~   Firefly cannot commit to a definite date to host the yard sale until she gets word from a potential new employer. Black Monday volunteered her house instead, and the dates August 23 & 24 have been solidified.
~   Bijou will be on maternity leave early in October.
~   First Night - LUPEC would like to look into getting those naked lady pictures in the skinnybuilding for this occasion. This may require approaching the Sprout Fund again.
~   Whirl Magazine has contacted us about a potential article in the Halloween issue.
~   Sapphi's art opening at Casbah is on August 15. We should make martini cards and reprint the "Tough Love" article to hand out for the evening.
~   LUPEC goes to Kennywood!!!...maybe.

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