Floridas: The Art of Drinking with Class and Efficiency
My grandmother, who I call “Oma”, knows how to party. Whether she is attending or hosting, Oma is in her element when her surroundings are festive. The perfect party for Oma is the cocktail party. The conversation is light and jovial, guests sip and nosh, and all is right in the world. Oma’s love for a good cocktail party is now something of family lore, taking shape in what is known in our clan as a “Florida”.
What is a Florida, one might ask? While the origin of the name is shrouded in mystery, I assure you it is not an homage to the state that gifted George W. his presidency. A Florida, by definition, is a cocktail party lasting no more, and no less, than one hour. One can consume as many cocktails as one pleases during the hour, but once those 60 minutes are up, it is time to say goodbye and head for the door.
Legend has it that the Florida was created to help my Oma and her best friend “Pretty Pat” with socializing time management. Apparently, when Oma and Pretty Pat would get together, all bets were off on calling it an early night. They would chat, laugh and sip the night away, with husbands dozing on the couch and children running a muck outside. The Florida, therefore. allowed Oma and Pretty Pat to carve out time for themselves and their friendship while still tending to life's demands. If we're honest, the Florida is probably what kept them going.
In honor of Oma, Pretty Pat, and all that the Florida stands for, I have included the recipe for one of Oma’s favorite cocktails. Well, the one that’s slightly more involved than two fingers of scotch - the ever refreshing, Gin and Tonic. Cheers!
Gin & Tonic
A timeless classic that should never be underestimated - just like Oma. Tradition says that the G&T is garnished with a lime, but a slice of cucumber or orange are also delightful twists!
Recipe (1 serving) :
2 ounces of Gin
4 ounces of Tonic Water
1 lime wedge (or lemon, or a slice of cucumber)