The Southside is a classic cocktail that combines the refreshing flavors of mint, citrus, and gin creating a delightful balance of sweet, citrus and herbal flavors.
A cocktail with roots in the Prohibition era, the cocktail is said to have originated in Chicago, specifically in the South Side neighborhood during this era.
As the story goes, the Southside Gin Cocktail was a favored drink among the South Side gangsters, including notorious figures like Al Capone gaining popularity in the speakeasies and social clubs of Chicago, where it was appreciated for its ability to mask the low-quality spirits of the time.
The term "speakeasy" reflects the secretive nature of these establishments. Patrons needed to speak quietly or "easily" about the place to avoid drawing attention to it serving alcohol. Speakeasies hid behind unmarked doors, in basements, or as other businesses to avoid detection.
- 60 ml (2 oz) gin
- 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lime juice
- 20 ml (0.75 oz) simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, dissolved)
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- Ice cubes
- Soda water (club soda)
- Mint sprig for garnish
- Lime wheel for garnish (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker, add the fresh mint leaves.
- Gently muddle the mint to release its aroma.
- Add the gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.
- Top off the glass with soda water to your desired level, usually around 60-90 ml (2-3 oz).
- Give it a gentle stir to combine.
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wheel if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
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