Southside

2013-08-16

Ingredients

  • 10 Mint Leaves
  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Rich Simple Syrup
  • ¼ oz Lime Juice

  • In the glass of a Boston Shaker, dry tap the mint. Add the gin, rich simple syrup, and lemon juice with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an Old-Fashioned Glass.

  • Garnish with a mint sprig.

This quintessential summer-time drink should be enjoyed more often than every blue moon. It should be enjoyed during any kind of moon! And all summer long! The story behind this woefully under-rated drink is a good one too. The Southside is a prohibition-era cocktail originating on Chicago’s south side, where the speakeasies added lime and mint to mask the poor quality of the booze they were serving. (Those on the North side favored adding ginger ale). If you’ve never had a Southside, make one now. You will not regret it! Just be careful, as they are so delicious that if you have too many you might find yourself howling at the moon – blue or otherwise.

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