The Story Behind The Southside

Falling somewhere between a Gimlet and a Mojito, the Southside is a quaffable and refreshing cocktail combining the herbaceousness of gin with mouthwatering limes and the cooling quality of freshly plucked mint.

There are many rumors surrounding this cocktail — that it was the favorite drink of infamous gangster Al Capone, who ruled Chicago’s South Side and mixed it up with his signature bathtub gin; that it actually hailed from Long Island’s Southside Sportsmen’s Club; or that it was popularized at historic New York speakeasy 21 Club.

Some even debate if it’s lemons or limes that should be squeezed into the drink; limes are used below to harken back to a more tropical feel. For a Tom Collins variation, try a Southside Fizz by topping the drink off with soda water.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • Garnish: small mint sprig

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake until cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with mint.

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Updated: 2022-01-17

The Southside Recipe