An Excuse To Drink – October 16, 1793: Marie Antoinette Guillotined

Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen (Marie Antoinette) © by kevin dooley

Today we remember Marie Antoinette, Queen of France and consort of King Louis XVI, who on this date in 1793, at the height of the French Revolution, was executed at the Place de la Révolution. Prior to her beheading by guillotine, her last words were purportedly: “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it”, spoken to Henri Sanson the executioner, after she accidentally stepped on his foot while climbing the scaffold.

Her headless body was subsequently thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery, rue d’Anjou, and not given a Christian burial until January 21, 1815 after the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy.

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recipe via

  • 1 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Champagne

Glass: Glass Flute

Garnish: Cherry

Combine all ingredients except Champagne in a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled glass and top with Champagne.

At the height of the French Revolution, Louis XVI was deposed and the monarchy abolished on 10 August 1792; the royal family was subsequently imprisoned at the Temple Prison. Nine months after her husband’s execution, Marie Antoinette was herself tried, convicted of treason, and executed by guillotine on 16 October 1793.

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