Five-minute post! Bedtime awaits.
Florodora (Dave Wondrich’s Imbibe!):
- 1 1/2 oz gin (Plymouth)
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 tsp raspberry syrup
- 2-3 oz ginger beer
In a tall glass, combine gin, lime juice, and raspberry syrup. Fill the glass with cracked ice, then with ginger beer. Stir gently to combine.
The Floradora is essentially a Gin Buck with the addition of raspberry syrup. That said, it’s quite tasty – but anything with raspberry syrup is quite tasty. Much better (and, sadly, not what we drank this time) is an Imperial Florodora, which subs champagne for the ginger beer (and, optionally, cognac for the gin). With that done, it becomes an exotic French 75. The Imperial Florodora is one of my favorite tall drinks, a great option for introducing people to classic cocktails. The standard, unfortunately, is a bit too sweet for my taste.
It’s worth noting that the drink is, charmingly, named for a now-extinct, turn-of-the-century musical hit in which all six of the chorus girls reputedly married millionaires on the strength of their well-turned ankles (well, well-turned somethings, at least). A P.G. Wodehouse drink if there ever were one. (Actually, there is one featured in one of his Blandings novels that I will address at a later date. I’ll be really impressed if anyone can dig it out before I get around to it.)