Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | February 24, 2012

DC Craft Bartenders Form LUPEC Chapter

Exciting news in the nation’s capital! Some of the District’s top female craft bartenders have united to form a DC chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails. They have a slick new website and will be doing events in the near future.

From the statement announcing their formation:

We aim to spotlight iconic drinks (as well as their variations) and the women who make them in our great city. Proceeds from our events will go towards benefiting breast cancer research, the Museum of the American Cocktail, and subsidizing education and advanced certifications for our ladies.

Our founding members are some of the most influential ladies in the D.C. cocktail scene. Lead by Chapter President, The Passenger’s Alexandra Bookless, and including Tabard Inn’s Chantal Tseng, Macchu Pisco’s Melanie Asher, Room 11’s Iris Ho, Mixtress Gina Chersevani, We Love D.C.’s Jenn Larsen, Columbia Room’s Katie Nelson, Jackie’s Sidebar’s Jungha Park (JP), Laughing Cocktail’s Angie Salame, The Passenger’s Jade Aldrighette, Jack Rose’s Rachel Sergi, Estadio’s Alexandra Nichols, Chef Geoff’s Elli Benchimol, and The Passenger’s Julia Hurst.

“I’m proud to be a founding member of an organization that includes some of the most innovative, groundbreaking, and creative cocktail minds in Washington D.C. and beyond. These ladies are pushing the boundaries of bartending, cocktail writing, and even distilling. They have all added something special to D.C. and I’m honored to be counted among them.” – Alexandra Bookless, LUPEC D.C. Chapter President.

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