There are so many cocktails out there, and sometimes it’s important to recognize that there will always be a couple that slip under the radar, to be forever unappreciated. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t develop a fanbase of their own, the same way that an independent artist or musician finds a way to make a living through their cult-like following.
The Floradora is a refreshing and sweet gin-based cocktail that is a little on the feminine side because of its pink hue. The cocktail experienced in prime in the 1930s, and this is because it was named after a famous Broadway play, by the same name. In fact, it shares the name of one of the first successful musicals of the 20th century, and both the cocktail and the play experienced a high level of popularity through the 1950s.
- 1.5 ounces of gin
- ½ ounce of lime juice
- ½ ounce of crème framboise liqueur
- 4 ounces of ginger ale
- 4 raspberries
- Simple syrup or ginger syrup (optional)
- Muddle the raspberries and syrup (optional) in a cocktail shaker.
- Add lime juice, gin, ginger ale, and lime juice.
- Double-strain into a Collins glass over ice.
- Cocktail shaker
- Collins glass
The cocktail was born in an era where high society was demanding more high-end cocktails. The play was actually a very controversial and seductive play at the time, and the cocktail was able to match that seductiveness given its rosy color. The original drink was made with raspberry syrup, but now uses framboise liqueur.
There are many people who use various different raspberry liqueurs. The drink is interesting because it shows that high society was constantly in search of the new cocktail, and wanting it to refer to things they already liked, including plays. Ironically, many women in the play used the fame that they gained during the play’s popularity to marry into wealth.
There are variations of the Floradora that also include ginger syrup, for those who prefer ginger syrup to raspberry syrup – or you can always have both! Common garnishes include either an orange wheel, a lime wheel, or a raspberry. It may have had its time, but there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a refreshing pink Floradora today!