Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale cocktail history is a history of how the city shaped up its modern identity through cocktails. At the turn of the 20th century, Fort Lauderdale was a small fishing village. As it grew into a tourist destination, it also attracted entrepreneurs who established hotels, restaurants, and bars. These establishments were able to thrive because Fort Lauderdale’s location made it an ideal place for East Coast travelers eager to escape northern winters and European immigrants escaping World War II. Miami's Prohibition era also brought with it many thirsty northbound Northerners who would often stop in Fort Lauderdale for a drink before continuing on their way southward. It is a mix that uses gin, campari or other red bitter liqueur, apricot (brandy) liqueur, orgeat (almond) syrup, lemon juice (freshly squeezed), and soda.

Spirit Used


1 ½ ounce Light Rum
½ ounce Sweet Vermouth
¼ ounce Juice of Orange
¼ ounce of a Lime


1. Shake with ice and strain into old-fashioned glass over ice cubes.
2. Add a slice of orange.
3. Serve in an Old-Fashioned Glass.

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