A brilliant long gin cocktail that definitely doesn’t get the love that it deserves, it’s a great alternative to a G&T. Simple to make, it’s also a great cocktail to scale up into a punch which you can batch up before time for parties and picnics. Created for the after-show party for the West End musical Floradora when it transferred to Broadway, where it became one of the first successful Broadway musicals of the 20th Century.

You’ll notice that the recipe below calls for either raspberry syrup, or raspberry liqueur. The classic uses raspberry syrup, however it’s much easier to get your hands on raspberry liqueur, and in practice you can use any berry liqueur that may be lurking at the back of your booze cupboard: cassis, Chambord, framboise, fraise, etc.

• 50ml gin
• 25ml fresh lime juice
• 25ml raspberry syrup/liqueur
• ginger ale
• lime or raspberries to garnish

Add the gin, lime juice and raspberry syrup/liqueur to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain into a highball filled with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a wedge of lime, a couple of raspberries,
or both!

1 comment on “Floradora

  1. Fast becoming my favourite summer cocktail. Such a great combination of flavours. Love the raspberry and ginger combo.

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