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Spies & Spymasters (Un)Happy Hour

Murder in Mexico: Secrets of the Trotsky Assassination

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You can’t visit the Spy Museum right now, but we can tell you some of our favorite stories about the spies who live on in our galleries and why not do it over a cocktail?

Join us online for a virtual (un)happy hour!

Bartender Darlin from Mi Vida, will be shaking up a cocktail and sharing the recipe for a drink that will lift your spirits, and then we’ll supply a thrilling tale. 

This evening, Spy Museum board member and intelligence historian H. Keith Melton will reveal the secrets behind the murder of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City on 20 August 1940 by young Spanish assassin Ramon Mercader. The murder stifled Stalin’s most vocal critic and became known as the “crime of the century.” Captured at the scene, Mercader served 20 years without revealing his identity, motivation, or details of the complex assassination operation.


Melton will walk us through the plot drawing on the KGB’s secret archives, Mercader family records, and his own multi-year examination of the case. He’ll explore intriguing aspects of the assassination—the multiple preceding plots; the roles played by artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; the use of sex, seduction, and honey-traps; and the selection of the unusual murder weapon now on display at the Spy Museum!  

You’re welcome to ask questions after the talk—whether they relate to murder or mixology!


La Buena Vida Margarita


2 oz Espolòn Reposado Tequila

0.75 oz Grand Marnier

0.5 oz Lime Juice

0.25 oz Orange Juice

0.25 oz Agave

Salt for the Rim (optional)


Margarita Cocktail GIF | Cinemagraph, Cocktail photography ...
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