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There are many opinions about where the Southside cocktail was created. Was it in Chicago’s Southside? The 21 Club in New York? The Southside Sportsmen’s Club in Long Island? We may never know. What we do know, is that the classic gin cocktail is here and is showing no signs of disappearing any time soon.

The Southside has been described and compared to many drinks. When initially tasting is can resemble a gimlet, a mojito, or a mint julep. Though we personally find that the Southside drink has its own unique flavor, we’ll let you decide. Although numerous recipe variations exist, the Southside is a legit, documented cocktail, which scored itself a spot on the International Bartenders Association official cocktail list, and it requires smacking the mint. But more on that later.

The four ingredient cocktail combines basic ingredients that together bring out a refreshing flavor to enjoy on a hot summer night, or any night for that matter. All you need is mint, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup.


To Make the simple syrup add in one part water and one part sugar into a sauce pan and mix until dissolved. Allow to cool completely before using. Simple syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to one month.

Now back to the mint slapping. Don’t be alarmed, no herb is hurt in the process. Gently tap the mint leaves between your palms, by doing so the oils in the leaves come out, bringing out the subtle refreshing flavor. See, simple and safe.


Prep time

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  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup


Into a shaker add in the lime juice, simple syrup and mint leaves, and muddle. Add in the gin and ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled glass of your choosing, garnish with a slapped mint spring, sip, and enjoy.


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