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Bare Bones

May 10, 2020

Whether you’re a bona fide cocktail aficionado, or you’re waking up to your first hangover, fashioning a Bloody Mary is considered an artform and the perfect composition can be quite a masterpiece.

Today we celebrate the birthday of The National Gallery which opened 196 years ago and was conceived by Georgian era art patrons to be the first British art collection displayed for all social classes of the public. DSC03193_30-05-10_Broken_Clock_Lingering_Vodka_Stubbs.jpg One of the most acclaimed paintings to be hung at the gallery is Whistlejacket (1762) which depicts a majestic racehorse approximately at life-size, rearing up against a plain background. It was painted by George Stubbs (1724-1806), who mastered his skills by deconstructing his subjects to quite literally study their bare bones.

His unbelievably lifelike brushwork of muscles, hair and veins made Stubbs Britain’s most efficacious painters of the animal form, yet this self-taught artist from Liverpool had to master his skills by truly getting under the skin of his subject matter.

As a child Stubbs had a keen interest in anatomy and aged 20 he took a job at York Country Hospital where he honed his artistry illustrating studies for Dr John Burton’s ambitous textbook on midwifery. Of course back then the only way to draw cross sections of mother and baby would be by cutting open corpses donated for medical purposes.
лошадка.jpg Burton was a well-known York physician and man-midwife whose ingenious forceps and peppery nature made him the inspiration for the character of Dr Slops in the books by Laurence Sterne which influenced the Broken Clock name and recipe.

After taking a Grand Tour of Italy, Stubbs refined his talents further in 1756 by spending 18 months in Lincolnshire stripping deceased horses to bone and muscle (with the help of his poor wife) for his own anatomy book which established his reputation and brought commissions galloping in.

So in honour of this we have made our own dissection of a Bloody Mary and the delicious deconstructed elements which give this brunch cocktail such thoroughbred pedigree.

50 ml Broken Clock Vodka
20 ml Amalfi Lemon Juice
Juice of 250 g Heritage Tomatoes
Tsp pulped Fresh Chilli
Pinch Sea Salt