Cocktails with a Curator: Leoni’s Medal of Andrea Doria

June 4, 2021

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Assistant Curator of Sculpture Giulio Dalvit discusses the history behind a 16th-century medal by Leone Leoni depicting the Genoese admiral Andrea Doria. Currently on view on the third floor of Frick Madison, this maritime-themed medal was cast by the artist as a token of gratitude to its subject, who singlehandedly freed Leone after the artist was sentenced to a galley in the admiral’s fleet. As Andrea Doria waged war on pirates in the western Mediterranean, this week's complementary cocktail is grog, preferred drink of sailors and pirates alike.

This episode of Cocktails with a Curator is underwritten by Ayesha Bulchandani.

Cocktail Recipe

1 oz. lime juice
1 oz. brown sugar
1 oz. dark rum
4 oz. water

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


Navy Grog Mocktail
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. passion fruit or guava nectar
1/2 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
1/2 cup crushed ice
Mix in a blender until smooth




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