Cocktails with a Curator: Whistler’s “Lady Meux”

April 23, 2021

In this week’s episode of Cocktails with a Curator, Curator Aimee Ng explores the turbulent life of the woman portrayed in James McNeill Whistler’s serene Harmony in Pink and Gray: Portrait of Lady Meux, currently on view on the fourth floor of Frick Madison. A former bartender and actress, Lady Meux was shunned by London polite society even after she married Sir Henry Bruce Meux, heir to a huge brewery fortune. This week’s complementary cocktail is a refreshing Mummy, a nod to her extensive collection of some 1,800 Egyptian and Assyrian objects, including an infamous mummy of Nesmin.

Cocktail Recipe

The Mummy
2 oz vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
1 tbsp lemon juice
Pour over ice and top with sparkling water

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

Mocktail

Fresh orange juice with a squeeze of lemon
Served over ice with a splash of sparkling water

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