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Southside

August 22, 2013
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

The Southside is a fantastic cocktail to exhibit the transformative power of mint. At its heart it’s basically a fresh gin gimlet with some mint in the shaker. Its origins can most likely be traced to the Southside Sportsman’s club, a toney gentlemen’s club operating on Long Island in the 1860s. The club was famous for its juleps and soon started turning out variations, including its now eponymous cocktail. —Erik Lombardo

  • Makes 1
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar:water by volume)
  • 4 to 6 mint Leaves
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Directions
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. For a variation, add 2 wheels of cucumber to the shaker and you have an Eastside, or serve tall in an ice-filled hiball topped with soda for an Eastside or Southside Rickey.

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