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The Southside Cocktail is a refreshing, strong minty flavored cocktail. It is very similar to a mojito only the main liquor used in gin.
What is a southside cocktail?
A southside cocktail is a very minty, fresh and cooling drink. It is kind of like gin mojito. There are a few variations to this cocktail like the eastside cocktail or you can simply add club soda for a southside fizz.
Or, if you like mojitos, you can try the Blue Mojito.
The gin included in this cocktail lends a botanical and almost pine-like flavor mixed into the fresh mint zing. It’s a perfect combination full of flavor.
This cocktail with it’s refreshing taste is perfect for sipping in the summer or spring. Relaxing in the summer heat on your front porch with this cocktail is a great combination.
Who invented the southside?
The history of this cocktail has some tales, but none are written in stone. The rumor is that this cocktail was created by Al Capone and his gang in the Southside of Chicago, hence the name.
Regardless of exactly who or where or why this cocktail was created, it has been around since the early 1900’s as evidenced by it’s history being captured in books in that time period. Due to it’s long history, it is also a standard recognized by the IBA on their official list of cocktails.
How to make this drink:
This drink is pretty simple to make. You do have a few additional steps like muddling your mint. However, the taste when you’re done will be worth it.
- 1.5 oz lemon
- .5 simple syrup
- 5 mint leaves
- 2oz gin
Gather together your glass, cocktail shaker, muddler and jigger as well as your ingredients.
You can use either a gimlet or a rocks glass for this drink. Either way fill your glass with ice.
Next, take your cocktail shaker, and add 8 to 10 mint leaves.
Use your jigger to measure and add one and a half ounces of lemon juice to your Shaker with your mint leaves.
Use your jigger again to measure and add ½ an ounce of simple syrup to your shaker.
Grab your muddler, place it in your shaker and use it to muddle (or gently smash) your mint leaves in with the lemon and simple syrup. You don’t want to completely decimate the mint. Your goal is to get the mint juice to come out so it is fragrant and incorporated in your drink.
Once you have thoroughly combined the mint, lemon juice and simple syrup add ice to your shaker. Fill it almost to the top.
Use your jigger to measure 2 oz of gin and add that to the shaker.
Pop the top on your Shaker and give it a throw shake for about 20 seconds.
Remove the Shaker top and replace it with your Hawthorne strainer.
Finally, for the liquid from your Shaker into your glass over your ice.
As a garnish take a sprig of a few additional mint leaves and place it on the side of your glass.
- highball glass or Gimlet
- bar spoon
- Hawthorne strainer
- cocktail shaker
- 1.2 oz 1.5 oz Lemon Juice
- .5 oz Simple Syrup
- 5-10 leaves Mint
- 2 oz Gin
- Fill your glass with ice.
- Place 5 or so mint leaves in your cocktail shaker.
- Use your jigger to measure .5 oz of simple syrup and 1.5 oz of lemon juice. Add those both to the mint leaves in your shaker.
- Take your muddler and use it to gently smash the mint leaves in with the lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Fill your shaker full of ice.
- Add 2 oz of Gin by measuring it with your jigger. Add the gin into your shaker.
- Put the top on your shaker and then shake well. This usually takes about 15 – 20 seconds.
- Trade the shaker top for the Hawthorne strainer. Pour your drink from the shaker into your glass.
- Grab a few additional mint leaves and add them to the top of the glass.