summer cocktails – the southside cocktail


Gin is a great for a hot day. It tastes fresh, bright, not too sharp, and doesn’t need a pile of sugary stuff added to make it good. I love a simple gin and tonic with a twist of lime on a hot day but there are so many other great gin cocktails out there. The Southside Cocktail is a classic and the house cocktail at the “21” Club in New York. It will work well with most any gin, but I wouldn’t recommend using a fancy expensive one since the mint and lemon will cover the subtle flavors of a finer gin.

The Southside is also very easy to modify to your tastes – add a little more sugar, a splash of soda or tonic, use lime instead of lemon or both. Make it and then add a little of this and that to fit your tastes. I enjoyed it just as it was and it was especially refreshing on the deck on a hot day.

The Southside Cocktail – Recipe

2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice (no bottled juice allowed)
2 tsp sugar
4-5 mint leaves

Combine everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously – don’t be delicate, this will bring out the mint flavor. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and garnish with a sprig of mint or twist of lemon.


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