Empress of Russia: Elizaveta Petrovna

January 3, 2010

Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, 1758, by Louis Toque

Elizaveta Petrovna (29 December 1709 – 5 January 1762), also known as Yelisavet and Elizabeth, was the Empress of Russia (1741-1762).

As a child, Elizabeth was bright, if not brilliant, but her formal education was both imperfect and desultory. Her father, Peter the Great adored her. Elizabeth was his daughter and in many ways resembled him as a feminine replica, both physically and temperamentally. Peter had no leisure to devote to her training, and her mother, Catherine I of Russia, was too down-to-earth and illiterate to superintend her formal studies.

She had a French governess, and was fluent in Italian, German and French. She was also an excellent dancer and rider. From her earliest years she delighted everyone with her extraordinary beauty and vivacity. She was commonly known as the leading beauty of the Russian Empire.

In the 1710s, a portrait of Elizabeth as Venus was painted for the Grand Peterhof Palace; which a couple of centuries and a few decades later, inspired the name of a cocktail “Venus in Furs”.

Venus in Furs

Long drink (collins) glass  

  Shake with ice & strain over ice  
30 mls BOLS Lemon flavoured vodka
30 mls Blackcurrant flavoured vodka
4 dash(es) Angostura bitters
120 mls Freshly pressed apple juice



One comment

  1. And if you drink enough of those, you’ll have a furry tongue to match!

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