A Broadway Smash of a Cocktail
the Floradora cocktail is an intriguing combination of the flavours of raspberry and ginger
Originally devised at the turn of the 20th Century for a chorus girl, one of the ‘Florodora’ girls, in a successful West End musical comedy which later transferred to Broadway. The musical comedy ran for 455 performances and half a century in London. On Broadway, the comedy was a great success with over 500 performances. And for a time the Floradora cocktail was similarly popular in the bars of New York.
The Floradora faded from the limelight towards the end of the 20th Century. Deemed out of fashion and a feminine drink, now the unashamedly pink and girly Floradora cocktail is currently experiencing a long-overdue revival.
Easy to make, even without a cocktail shaker (you can just stir in the ingredients). It manages to be both sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the raspberry is offset by the spicy heat of the ginger ale and is an unusual combination. Normally you would partner rhubarb with ginger. But raspberry is the unexpected yin to ginger’s yang. Use a ginger ale with a real bite for a definite kick.
The traditional Floradora cocktail garnish is raspberry and a wedge of lime but a sprig of mint adds another layer of complexity to this already intriguing cocktail. Gently bruise the leaves of the mint before placing in the glass. The aroma of the mint will fool your brain into thinking you are drinking something minty.
How to Make the Floradora Cocktail
- 50 ml / 1.66 oz London Dry Gin
- 25 ml / 0.75 oz raspberry liqueur / syrup
- 25 ml / 0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Ginger ale or beer to top up
Tip: You may want to lessen the alcohol content by changing the 50ml shot to a 25ml one. Alternatively, you can swap the syrup for a raspberry liqueur for a more boozy cocktail.
- Add the gin, raspberry liqueur / syrup and lime juice to a shaker without ice.
- Dry shake then add ice and shake vigorously.
- Pour into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top with good quality ginger ale or beer ~ the stronger the better I think.
Mint, raspberries and lime
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