Cocktails with a Curator: Beechey's 'Elizabeth Sophia Baillie'

September 18, 2020

In this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon enjoys a Great Maiden’s Blush cocktail while discussing a 1795 portrait of Elizabeth Sophia Baillie (née de Vismes) by Sir William Beechey. A work of mysterious origin—and thought for a century to be by the English portraitist John Hoppner—it was only recently attributed to Beechey by Eloise Owens during her time as a curatorial assistant at the Frick.

Cocktail Recipe

Great Maiden's Blush
Equal parts of:
dry gin
lemon juice
elder flower cordial
on the rocks
Top with rosé champagne

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

Mocktail Recipe

elderflower cordial
tonic water
garnish with a sprig of mint




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