The Floradora Cocktail: A Classic Gin Drink

The Floradora Cocktail: A Classic Gin Drink
The Floradora is a hidden gem. Pretty in pink, this gin drink hits all the right notes with citrus, raspberry and ginger.

You might not have heard of the Floradora cocktail before, but it’s definitely one you should get to know. It’s a tall refreshing semi-sweet drink, consisting of gin, ginger ale, citrus and raspberries - simply irresistible! The Floradora has a rich history, named after a hugely successful London West End musical that debuted in 1899. The story goes that the bartender at an afterparty was asked by one of the cast members to create them something new. And the rest, as they say, is history...

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45ml Gin
15ml Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
10ml Sugar syrup (1 part sugar : 1 part water)
90ml Ginger ale
3-4 Fresh raspberries

Garnish Raspberry

Ice Cubes

Glass Highball glass

Equipment Checklist

Hawthorne Strainer Shaker

Fine Strainer. Jigger

Recommended Gins

Patient Wolf Melbourne Dry Gin


1. Add all your ingredients (except ginger ale) to the shaker.

2. Fill shaker to the brim with cubes of ice.

3. Shake hard for 30 seconds.

4. Fine strain into a highball glass with ice.

5. Add ginger ale to top and give a light stir.

Bartender’s Top Tips

Don’t forget to fine strain the drink to remove all the little bits of raspberries from the drink.

Raspberries don’t need muddling to release their flavour! The action of shaking is aggressive enough to break them up.

For an easier twist, you can substitute raspberry syrup bought from the store for sugar and fresh raspberries. Less mess and less fuss.

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