Cocktails with a Curator: Manet's "Bullfight"

January 22, 2021

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Curator Aimee Ng explores the turbulent history behind Édouard Manet’s Bullfight, once part of a larger work that the artist exhibited at the Salon of 1864. The original canvas was derided and caricatured by critics, prompting Manet to cut it into pieces. The two surviving fragments were brought together for the first and only time during a 1999 exhibition at the Frick. This week’s complementary cocktail is, fittingly enough, the Toreador.

Cocktail Recipe

1 oz blanco tequila
1/2 oz apricot brandy
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 dash bitters

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


Apricot nectar and sparkling water with a squeeze of lime




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