Elsewhere in the Liquiverse…

LUPEC NYC member Lurie De La Rosa-Jackson puts the finishing touch on The Alice Paul (recipe below) at Compass Box Whisky's International Women's Day celebration.

  • Earlier this month, Compass Box Whisky partnered with the New York members of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of the Endangered Cocktail) for its second annual International Women’s Day celebration of women and whisky. Eight of the city’s top female bartenders created Compass Box cocktails–several of them were named after inspirational members of the women’s movement–which were paired with either Murray’s Cheese or Bespoke Chocolates. The event raised funds for Bottomless Closet NYC, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged NYC women become self-sufficient through comprehensive educational and training programs.
  • The winners of the 2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge were recently announced, named by top beverage experts in a blind tasting held at Astor Center earlier this month. The judges, led by Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult and Assistant Judging Chairman Sean Ludford, included Eric Alperin, Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Jim Meehan, Robert Plotkin, Julie Reiner, Jack Robertiello, Steve Olson, Andy Seymour, Aisha Sharpe, Willy Shine, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan and David Wondrich. This year, the competition also recognized spirits that offer “Great Value,”  based on the relationship between their score and price. For the full list of winners, click here.
  • On March 28, the New York chapter of the USBG (U.S. Bartender’s Guild) is holding its third annual Cocktail Jam at Astor Center. Twelve of the city’s best bartenders will shake, stir and sling during the smackdown, taking place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Judges Giuseppe Gonzalez, Thomas Waugh, Phil Ward, and Stephanie Moreno will decide the winner, who will receive a $2,000 scholarship to the esteemed cocktail conference, Tales of the Cocktail. Tickets to the jam are $35 and 50% of all ticket proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger (Tsunami Relief) and the USBGNY.

The Alice Paul by Erin Williams, Hush Cocktails, NYC

1 ½ oz Spice Tree
½ oz Orangerie
1 bar spoon fig preserve
2 dashes Smeby’s Highland Heather bitters
Peat Monster
-rinsed coupe

Top with Champagne. Garnish with an orange twist.

Alice Paul was the woman who championed the women’s suffrage movement and ultimately won women the right to vote in 1920.

More than 600 spirits were sampled in the 2011 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

File Under: Hot Dates

LUPEC NYC is hosting a Winter Warmer fundraiser with Compass Box Whisky at Astor Center Monday night.

  • On Sunday night, March 7, the top U.S. finalists in 42 Below‘s World Cup cocktail competition will throw down at the Ace Hotel in NYC. Special guest judges include Dale Degroff, Chef Sam Talbot, and founder of the Bartender’s Academy of New York, Charles Ohlbaum. Ten countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, China, Australia, Ireland, Germany, France and Italy are sending finalists to an extreme cocktail competition in New Zealand from March 23 to 28. This event is invite-only.
  • In honor of International Women’s Day, the NYC chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) will get behind the stick at Astor Center to mix up crafty cocktails featuring Compass Box Whisky. Five dollars from each $30 ticket will benefit Dress for Success, which provides professional work attire to disadvantaged women. Organized by Laren Spirer of Sweet Blog o’ Mine, expect lots of #WomenWhisky tweeting to go with your tippling–also, men are more than welcome. Monday, March 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
  • LUPEC NYC is also celebrating Rosie the Riveter’s 90th birthday with cocktails featuring PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur at Rye House. Founding LUPEC members Lynnette Marrero and Eryn Reece will be slinging drinks, and LeNell Smothers is expected to make an appearance via Skype. RSVP here and tweet #rosietheriveter if you’re cool like that.  Tuesday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • And not that you need an excuse, but it’s currently Martini Week in NYC through March 14, brought to you by Thrillist and Tasting Table. Specialty gin and vodka martinis are $10 at participating restaurants from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly.
  • Need suggestions on where to get a warming winter cocktail or meet someone new to raise your temperature? Check out some of my latest round-ups: The Best NYC Bars for Singles, NYC Bars to Warm Your Spirits, and the Seven Scotch Bars in NYC.

Bowery Hotel's Lobby Bar is one of the coziest cocktail dens in the city.