The Floradora Cocktail is a bubbly, classic cocktail that was named after a Broadway show from the early 1900’s.
Move over gin and tonic, let’s introduce you to the pink-fashioned sextette called the “Floradora Girls“! Tall, completely stunning, and the gem of the stage… this cocktail was named after their beauty. It’s the perfect elixir for special holidays, girls’ night, or simply enjoying on the porch with the summer breeze. Floral gin, raspberry Chambord, lime juice, ginger ale… talk about refreshing!
Oh, how much I adore this early 20th century era. From food, to fashion, to drinks… there was so much livelihood and creativity. Let’s go ahead and applaud the 1920’s for scalloped potatoes and clam chowder. The 1930’s for egg drop soup, while the 1940’s introduced us to key lime pie. We can give a subtle nod the Floradora Girls for much of the fashion inspiration… which included fancy frills, pink flirtation, and big hats. Prohibition started in 1920, but we can certainly thank that era for the Old Fashioned, French 75, Bee’s Knees, and the Corpse Revivor.
MY HISTORY WITH UNKNOWN BREWING:
I moved to Charlotte not knowing a single soul. We were navigating our late 20’s while trying to figure out where we wanted to call home. Buy a house… raise kids… all that. I started my blog soon after we moved, after many requests from “home” (which used to be California) asking for recipes that I had previously brought to gatherings. I stumbled upon a group called The Charlotte Food Bloggers, became a member, and started to make friends through that network (ya’ll can agree… it’s hard to make adult friends in a new city!).
An event that was always memorable was a tasting tour at Unknown Brewing. Owner, Brad Shell, was one of the best public speakers I’ve ever been in a room with. Charismatic, deep into his craft, proud (as he should have been), and so kind. In the last few years Unknown has shifted their focus to making Craft Ginger Ale (you can still find their craft beers available on Bevana.com). They currently make four flavors: original, mule, spicy, and cranberry. Swing by your local Harris Teeter to pick some up to try!
BRAD & I… CIRCA 2017:
HOW TO MAKE A FLORADORA COCKTAIL:
As fancy as it looks, it’s actually really easy to make! Simply pour all the ingredients over crushed ice, stir, garnish, and enjoy! The original recipe calls for a raspberry and lime wedge garnish, but since we’re doing a cranberry spin… we added fresh cranberries as well!
- 4 oz. Gin
- 1 oz. Chambord Liquor
- 1 oz. Lime Juice
- 6 oz. Unknown Craft Cranberry Ginger Ale
- 2 Lime Wedge
- 4 Cranberries
- 2 Raspberries
- Divide the gin, Chambord, and lime juice among two glasses filled with ice. Top each with Unknown's Craft Cranberry Ginger Ale.
- Place one lime on a skewer, followed by two cranberries, and a raspberry. Repeat for the second skewer.
- Garnish and enjoy!
NOTES ON THIS RECIPE:
- I prefer a London dry gin in this cocktail, but feel free to use whatever kind of gin you enjoy most.
- If you’d like, the Chambord can be swapped with raspberry syrup.
- For a traditional Floradora, use Unknown’s Original Craft Ginger Ale.