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Floradora 

floradora berry cooler cocktail

Get ready to vibe with the Floradora, a cocktail that’s lit in flavor and history. This banger from the early 20th century mixes the vibes of gin with the sweet and tangy pop of raspberry, topped off with the bubbly charm of ginger ale. It’s a drink that slaps on the palate, perfect for those looking to flex beyond the classic cocktail realm.

Tasting Notes

There is a beautiful symphony of tastes in the Floradora. The mouthwatering sweetness of the raspberry immediately masks the gin’s tangy botanical flavors. The ginger ale gives it a little spicy kick and a burst of fizz, making for a light and delicious drink. Every sip of this lively, fruity cocktail is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Glassware and Equipment

The ideal Floradora calls for a measuring jigger, strainer, and shaker to get exact proportions of ingredients. Highball glasses are perfect for serving this magical drink because they allow the ice and bubbles to mix and enhance the flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. London dry gin
  • 1 oz. Lime juice
  • ½ oz Homemade raspberry syrup
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale, to top
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add London dry gin, lime juice, and homemade raspberry syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake the ingredients vigorously for 10-15 seconds to combine and chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top the cocktail with ginger beer or ginger ale.
  6. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Pro Tips

  • Before you add the remaining ingredients to the shaker, muddle some fresh raspberries for an added flavor boost.
  • You can add more raspberry syrup to taste if you want a sweeter cocktail.
  • For an improved, more refined end result, use high-quality ginger ale.
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When to Serve

No matter the occasion, the Floradora will be the perfect cocktail. It’s ideal for carefree evenings on the patio, elegant dinner parties, or bright brunches in the sun. Everyone loves it in the spring and summer because of how refreshing it is.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

The Floradora calls for a crisp, botanically-characterized gin, and a London Dry Gin is the perfect choice. To complement the raspberry’s natural sweetness and the ginger ale’s fizz, try a brand like Beefeater, Tanqueray, or Bombay Sapphire.

Similar Cocktails

  • Traditional Gin Fizz: a fizzy beverage made with gin and lemon juice.
  • Raspberry Collins: A refreshing take on the classic Tom Collins made with fruit juice.
  • Kir Royale: An elegant, sparkling cocktail that combines the luscious sweetness of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) with the effervescent crispness of Champagne.
  • Bramble: A cocktail made with gin and blackberry liqueur.
  • Moscow Mule: Swap gin for vodka for a similarly refreshing experience with ginger beer.

History

An early 20th-century Broadway musical called “Florodora” is the inspiration for the Floradora’s name. Representing the glitz and glitter of the time, the cocktail shot to fame. A little cloud covers its history, but it was probably born in New York City—the perfect setting for such a brilliant cocktail.

floradora berry cooler cocktail

Floradora

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz London dry gin
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • ½ oz Homemade raspberry syrup
  • Ginger beer or ginger ale, to top
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add London dry gin, lime juice, and homemade raspberry syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake the ingredients vigorously for 10-15 seconds to combine and chill the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top the cocktail with ginger beer or ginger ale.
  6. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Notes

Is it possible to substitute syrup with fresh raspberries?

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Indeed, combining fresh raspberries with the other ingredients in the shaker will add a touch of freshness and depth.

Does it come in an alcohol-free variant?

In an instant! Substitute a non-alcoholic spirit for the gin and flavor it with raspberry syrup. A wonderful mocktail, ginger ale retains its fizzy allure.

Can I whip up a batch of Floradora to serve at a gathering?

Yes, all you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a big pitcher and multiply the amount by the number of servings you require. For the ginger ale to keep its fizz, add it right before serving. 

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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