When we say love is in the air in cocktail terms, we definitely mean the refreshing, delicious classic gin cocktail, the Floradora. With its subtle pink hue and sweet and spicy flavor, the Floradora is hard not to love!
This pink drink got its name from the classic musical comedy, the Florodora, the popular Broadway musical, which premiered in 1899. The show was a huge success and the main highlight were the “Florodora girls.” Dressed in pink with black hats and carrying their frilly parasols, these gorgeous damsels became the toast of New York City.
Now it is believed that one particular damsel from the group of girls asked a bartender to make something special for her after the show. He took inspiration from her dress and came up with the Florodora cocktail.
The name changed when J A Grohusko misspelled the name in the 1933 edition of Jack’s Manual, one of the first cocktail books with the first edition coming out in the early 1900s, and it stuck! It began popular again at the turn of the 20th century, when Milk & Honey in New York started making it again.
It’s great during the warmer months of the year when raspberries are in season!
What goes into a Floradora
Here is what you will need to make the Floradora cocktail:
- Gin: For this Floradora cocktail recipe, it’s best to use a simple, but premium, London Dry Gin. If you want to try a more floral gin, then go for it!
- Fresh Lime juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds flavor and freshness to this cocktail.
- Raspberry liqueur: The beautiful pink hue of the blush of a Floradora cocktail comes from adding raspberry syrup. Homemade raspberry syrup is simple to make – see directions below.
- Ginger beer or Ginger Ale: Ginger beer gives this cocktail its zing. It offers a prominent gingery and spicy flavor, which greatly compliments the sweet raspberry syrup and gin. If using Ginger Ale, I suggest Fever Tree Ginger Ale.
- Garnish: Garnish this refreshing cocktail with fresh raspberries, lime wheels or lime wedge and enjoy this delicious and refreshing drink.
What tools you need to make Floradora
You’ll need a cocktail shaker for this one! Grab a jigger, a barspoon, a strainer, and a highball glass or a collins glass for this classic cocktail.
Here are a few steps you have to follow:
- Step 1: Add the raspberry syrup, lime juice, and London dry gin to your cocktail shaker.
- Step 2: Then adding ice cubes
- Step 3: Seal the shaker with a lid and start shaking it until everything is well combined and the drink is chilled.
- Step 4: Strain the drink into a chilled highball glass by passing it through a fine strainer.
- Step 5: Top it up with ginger beer and gently stir.
- Step 6: Garnish with the raspberries and lime. Bottom’s up!
- 🍸Top Tip(le): Here are a few ways to change it up a bit:
- Raspberry liqueur: You can use a premium brand of raspberry or framboise liqueur or even black raspberry liqueur, instead of raspberry syrup
- Rosewater: Adding rosewater to Floradora not just adds a beautiful floral aroma. You can also use rose essential oil.
- Simple Syrup: If it’s too tart for you, you can always add a bit of sugar syrup.
- Non-alcoholic version: You can always try a non-alcoholic spirit like Seedlip. Or use a bit of soda water or club soda to top it up more.
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Where to find ingredients for Floradora cocktails
You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or Drizly (Get $5 Off Your Order of $20+ using code ALUSHLIFE5) in the USA!
Where to find more gin recipes
Here are a few of my favorites:
- How to Make the Dry Gin Martini
- How to Make the Tanqueray Negroni
- How to Make the Gin Sour
- How to Make the Gin Fizz
Plus more liqueur recipes here
Here is the recipe!
When we say love is in the air, we definitely are referring to the refreshing, classic gin cocktail named Floradora. With a subtle pink hue and a sweet and spicy flavor, Floradora is hard not to love!
- 2 ounces London dry gin
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce raspberry syrup*
- Ginger beer or ginger ale, chilled, to top
- Garnish: raspberries
- Add all the ingredients to a shaker
- Add ice
- Shake, shake, shake
- Double-strain into a highball glass filled with ice
- Top up with ginger ale (or ginger beer)
- Stir gently
- Garnish with raspberries and lime.
To make raspberry syrup: add 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a pot. Stir until the sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries, and crush. Let sit until cooled and then strain to remove the seeds.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 675Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 142gFiber: 1gSugar: 116gProtein: 0g
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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