Celebrate cocktails and women’s history at The Hawthorne this weekend

Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen’s book, “Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Bartenders,” was released Tuesday.

Riot Girl to honor Joan Weston by Sabrina Kershaw of Deep Ellum and Lone Star Taco Bar in Boston; Burlap and Satin to honor Dolly Parton by Rachel Shaw of Harvard & Stone in LA.
Riot Girl to honor Joan Weston by Sabrina Kershaw of Deep Ellum and Lone Star Taco Bar in Boston; Burlap and Satin to honor Dolly Parton by Rachel Shaw of Harvard & Stone in LA. –LUPAC

Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen are the co-founders of the Boston chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of the Endangered Cocktail (LUPEC), a cocktail culture society they formed in 2007 that’s dedicated to celebrating women, cocktails, and philanthropy.  

Their new book, “Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Bartenders” (Quarry Books/ Quarto Publishing Group), is an illustrated compilation of cocktail recipes created by female bartenders from different parts of the globe, each one inspired by a historic female figure.

Amann and Kalkofen, who write about cocktails and work in the beverage industry, first had the idea for the book more than a decade ago. (The holdup in getting the book out to the public? Finding a publisher, Amann said.)

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The two local authors had plenty of ideas for pairing cocktail creators with characters. Some bartenders had their own women in mind.

“It was great fun researching the women we were featuring,” said Amann, a New Hampshire native who lives in West Roxbury. “Everyone involved was very enthusiastic about doing their own research.”

The cover of “Drinking Like Ladies.” —Quarto Publishing

Boston’s Bonnie Nag of Trina’s Starlite Lounge created Rose Nylund’s Vertuebenflugen based on the fictional character that Betty White played on “Golden Girls,” and to honor White’s career and real-life character. The cocktail features cucumber-infused vodka, Aperol, and sparkling rose.

Another local, Sabrina Kershaw of Deep Ellum and Lone Star Taco Bar, developed Riot Girl in tribute to Joan Weston, the roller derby queen known as the Blonde Bomber. The tipple is made with blanco tequila, fino sherry, and prickly pear liqueur.

There were so many stories and cocktails created for the book that there wasn’t enough room for Amann to include her own creations.

“We had to cut back; we ran short of space,” Amann said. “But that’s OK — we’ve already asked the publisher about doing another book.”

On Saturday, Amann and Kalkofen will sign copies of the book at a release party at The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square. Nag, Ezra Star of Drink, Nicole Lebedevitch of Yvonne’s (who also has a drink featured in the book), and Amanda Saladino of The Hawthorne will be behind the bar.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit Jane Doe Inc., a Massachusetts advocacy group that works to combat sexual assault and domestic violence.

Toasting 10: A Drinking Like Ladies Book Release Party on Sunday, June 24 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; The Hawthorne, Boston; $60 for two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, and a commemorative glass; 21+

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