This classic is an homage to the “Florodora Sextette,” six scandalously beautiful young ladies who danced in the 1900 musical Florodora at New York’s Casino Theater. Just like the dancers who went on to marry millionaires—as David Wondrich recounts in Imbibe!—the Florodora cocktail swerves beautifully in pink thanks to a mess of muddled raspberries swirled with lime, gin and ginger soda. It was most definitely drunk by the well-heeled crowds who sidled up to its likely barroom of origin, the Waldorf-Astoria.
A Collins born of scandal.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 4 raspberries
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- ginger soda
Garnish: orange wheel, lime wheel and a raspberry
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle raspberries with simple syrup.
- Add lime juice, gin and ice and shake until chilled.
- Double-strain into a Collins glass over ice.
- Garnish with an orange wheel, lime wheel and a raspberry.