Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mona goes missing, the Socialite Serial Killer and The Mona Lisa Cocktail

Marcel Duchamp's Mona Lisa 

On this day in 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece the Mona Lisa is stolen by a Louvre employee. Vincenzo Peruggia believed that the painting should hang in an Italian museum, so one night he entered the Louvre and waited until they closed for the night. He left the closet, placed the painting under his coat and walked out.

Two years later, when Peruggia tried to sell the painting to Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy he was arrested and the painting recovered. After being displayed at almost all of the museums in Italy it was returned to the Louvre in 1913.

Celebrated as a patriot in Italy, Peruggia was given a six month prison sentance for his crime.

The Historical Inebriant: The Mona Lisa


2 oz Grappa Brandy
1 1/2 oz Port
1/2 Tsp Triple Sec

I really have no idea the simplest way to serve this. See the website for variations
but I might try mixing in a shaker with ice, giving a few stirs and straining into a chilled martini glass.

On this day in 1614, Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian noble and serial killer died of unknown causes while under house arrest. A countess from the renowned Báthory family of Hungarian nobility (who ruled Transylvania at that time) was convicted of murdering 80 young girls, most of which had been sent to her for employment in a well paying position or in the case of members of society - to learn etiquette. The young girls would be tortured and, as the story goes, would be killed so Elizabeth could bathe in their blood.

Although she was convicted of 80 murders, some judge the total being over 650 victims. Remembered in Hungary as the "Blood Countess" she may be the the most prolific female serial killer in history.


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