Florodora

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Cocktail History

The Florodora is a colorful classic gin cocktail that is believed to have been created in the early 1900s for patrons of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel after seeing Owen Hall’s Edwardian Broadway show of the same name. The recipe is named for the Florodora Sextette, the six gorgeous dancers from the musical comedy who opened the show while wearing pink walking costumes and black picture hats and carrying parasols.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Highclere Castle London Dry Gin because it is a classic juniper-forward gin with notes of pine and citrus that complement berry flavors well.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Raspberry Syrup: This is a sweetener made with raspberries, sugar, and water. We made ours using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Simple Syrup: This is another sweetener made with sugar and water. You can buy bottled simple syrup in a store, but we made ours at home using Alex’s recipe because it tastes better fresh and is very easy to make.

Ginger Ale: This stretches the drink and adds some fizz and ginger bite.

Lime Slice: This is one of the garnishes. It adds a hint of lime aroma and flavor.

Raspberries: These are muddled in the shaker and used as a garnish. They add raspberry flavor and aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Florodora features the aroma of lime, the friendly and fairly sweet taste of berry and ginger flavors balanced by botanicals in the gin, citrus, and sugar, and an aftertaste with berry-flavored lime bitterness.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While variations of this drink sometimes call for a raspberry liqueur, we went with muddled raspberries instead because we knew they’d amplify the pink color and lend more natural flavor. The result was incredibly delicious, even more so than we expected considering we somehow hadn’t heard of this cocktail before. We both found it very easy to sip, and because it features so few complex flavors and very little spice, we thought it would make a great crowd-pleaser when you’re mixing drinks for friends who aren’t too adventurous with their gin drinks yet but are open to trying something a little different (and easy on the eyes). 

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I almost never turn to ginger ale as a drink mixer; the only time I’ve ever experienced it was with cranberry and vodka, and while that went down way too easily, it was fairly uninteresting, and I wouldn’t rush to make it again. This drink is quite good though, with the ginger ale lending a bit of its own flavor to the classic gin sour template and the raspberries adding some extra flavor and color. I could absolutely see myself downing a few of these on a patio chair somewhere. It does lack a bit of complexity to the ‘discerning palate,’ but it’s a for-sure crowd pleaser.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I’m definitely adding this cocktail to my list of favorite simple drinks for summertime! I had never heard of the Floradora before our tasting, and I’m not sure how because it is absolutely fabulous, especially for those with more undeveloped palates like mine. Its mix of sweet-tart flavors mask the sometimes overpowering botanicals of gin, and the ginger ale is a nice, light touch to help stretch out the drink for longer sipping. I personally have come to love gin in just about any cocktail, but if you don’t usually care for it, trying this recipe is a great way to introduce it to your palate because the flavor is so subtle. On the flip side, this might not be for you if you do enjoy the complex taste of gin.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: The Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ¼ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 Ginger Ale
 1 Lime Slice
 7 Raspberries

Method
1

Add five raspberries, raspberry syrup, and simple syrup to a shaker.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Add gin, lime juice, and ice.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Double strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

6

Top with ginger ale.

7

Garnish with lime slice and two raspberries.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ¾ oz Lime Juice
 ¼ oz Homemade Simple Syrup
 Ginger Ale
 1 Lime Slice
 7 Raspberries

Directions

Method
1

Add five raspberries, raspberry syrup, and simple syrup to a shaker.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Add gin, lime juice, and ice.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Double strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

6

Top with ginger ale.

7

Garnish with lime slice and two raspberries.

Florodora

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More Berry Cocktails

If you like this berry-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Blueberry Mint Julep: A bourbon cocktail made with blueberry syrup, mint, and blueberries

Bramble: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, blackberry syrup, blackberries, and a lemon wedge

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

Harvest Run: A bourbon and apricot brandy cocktail made with blackberry syrup, cinnamon syrup, crème de cassis, mint, and a cinnamon stick

1 Comment

  • Janis goldberg
    Posted March 20, 2022 3:35 pm 0Likes

    I would make it but leave out the gin! It sounds yummy for a summer day

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