A Broadway smash of a cocktail
The Floradora is an intriguing combination of the flavours of raspberry and ginger
- 50 ml gin
- 25 ml raspberry syrup
- 25 ml fresh squeezed lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
- Ginger ale to top up
- Black mint
Add the gin, raspberry syrup and lime juice ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
Shake dry then add ice. Shake again.
Pour into a highball glass filled with ice.
Top up with good quality ginger ale.
Garnish with black mint.
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 Floradora faded from the limelight towards the end of the 20th Century.
The musical comedy ran for 455 performances and half a century in London. On Broadway, the comedy was a greater success with over 500 performances. And for a time the Floradora was similarly popular in the bars of New York.
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 real bite for a definite kick.
You can garnish with raspberry and a wedge of lime but a sprig of black mint takes the garnish to another level. Gently bruise the leaves of the mint before placing in the cocktail. The aroma of the mint will fool the brain into thinking you are drinking something minty. This adds another layer to the cocktail.
You may want to lessen the abv by changing the 50ml shot to a 25ml one. Alternatively, you can swap the syrup for a raspberry liqueur for a more boozy cocktail. Experiment and have fun!