It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the gin mood. For the last year I’ve mainly been drinking rum and, my personal favorite, bourbon. But recently I was in a gin kind of mood. It was hot out, unseasonably hot. It was only the beginning of June but between the high heat and the lack of rain the grass, in our yard, has the brown, stunted look and sharp, prickly texture of August. I was in the mood for gin, but I didn’t want anything too heavy and aromatic and, for once in my life, wasn’t in the mood for a Gin & Tonic. Luckily I didn’t have to search far. The folks over at Sloshed! are a great resource for well crafted cocktails. A quick search of their gin drinks and I came across a drink called the “Florodora.” It was exactly what I was looking for. The folks over at Sloshed! originally found the recipe in “Esquire Drinks” by David Wondrich. They slightly altered the recipe by using Ginger Beer instead of Ginger Ale, and I had to agree with their choice as I am a fan of the bite of Ginger Beer. Also, in the classic cocktail (this one has quite a history) they use a raspberry liqueur, but Sloshed changed it to raspberry syrup. Since I had raspberry syrup around this is what I went with. For a more decedent drink by all means use a raspberry liqueur like Chambord. I have also slightly altered the recipe further by increasing the amount of Raspberry Syrup since I am a sucker for anything “raspberry.”

I do hope you give this drink a try, even if you don’t like gin. Gin’s strong, piney, juniper taste is easily tamed by the sharp Ginger Beer and the floral and fruity qualities of the raspberry syrup. I truly believe that even if you are not a fan of gin you will like this one. Try it out and let me know!

The Florodora

makes 1 drink

2oz. Gin

1oz. Raspberry Syrup (homemade or higher quality product)

1/2 oz. Lime juice (fresh please, no bottled stuff)

Ginger Beer

Lime wedge

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in the gin, the raspberry syrup and the lime juice. Fill with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge. Give a quick stir just before drinking and be prepared to make another one as these go down quite easily!!!