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Friday 9 December 2011

The boy and his poison: The Floradora

Friday and its best friend 'the weekend' have been avoiding me like the plague this week. Between the murky skies, the perilous winds and the dark mornings, I was seriously tempted to sack it all off and hibernate 'til Christmas day. Then I remembered the Floradora.

In particular, I remembered the last one I had one sunny August afternoon lurking around the Southbank. A long, refreshingly boozy drink… its history belongs to the celebration of a musical renowned for its delectable 'Florodora Sextette' - six identically dressed brunettes that apparently awestruck the population of New York enough to get a cocktail devoted to them. All I can say is I wish I had the capacity to inspire a drink like this. Tart and sweet from the lime and raspberry liqueur, leg numbingly boozy from the gin and respectably long and spicy from ginger beer, this drink will set your serotonin to 11 in two sips. So, welcome the weekend and get mixing.

You'll need:
  • 2 shots of gin 
  • 1 shot of lime juice
  • 1 shot of cassis or Chambord 
  • ginger beer to top up
  • lime to garnish
Then make:
  • Add the gin, chambord and lime to a collins/highball 
  • Stir with ice 
  • Top up with ginger beer
  • Squeeze a segment of lime then drop it in the glass


  1. What a silly name this drink has.

  2. Can I get one of those delivered please??

  3. Made an amazing floradora jelly- Raspberry jelly melted with a bit of water in the microwave and stirred until liquid. Make up to half a pint with the syrup from a can of raspberries (I made ice cream with the actual berries). Add enough ginger beer to make almost a full pint (I used Stones Alcoholic ginger beer, but i'm sure non-alcoholic would work as well). I then added a dash of gin for the taste, any more stops it from setting.
    When it's set you get an amazing fizzy, fruity, naughty jelly!


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