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Southside
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The Southside cocktail is a refreshingly aromatic drink that is often likened to a minty cousin of the Mojito sans the soda water. Originating from the Prohibition era, it is ... more The Southside cocktail is a refreshingly aromatic drink that is often likened to a minty cousin of the Mojito sans the soda water. Originating from the Prohibition era, it is said to have been the preferred beverage of the South Side gangsters of Chicago. This cocktail features a harmonious blend of dry gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint leaves, resulting in a balanced amalgam of herbal, sweet, and citrus notes. The Southside is typically served in a cocktail glass and garnished with a mint leaf, highlighting its connection to garden-fresh ingredients. Its crisp and invigorating flavor profile makes it a popular choice for a summery sip or as an elegant classic cocktail for any occasion.
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22.43% | 2.4 units *

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Southside cocktail offers a blast of summer with its vibrant combination of fresh mint, tangy lime, and dry gin. The mint's freshness pierces through the sweetness, creating a delightfully refreshing drink that’s as brisk as it is silky.

Method
How to make a Southside

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Muddle the sugar syrup and mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker
Add the other ingredients and ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a mint leaf and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Southside cocktail?

The Southside cocktail is believed to have originated in the USA during the Prohibition era. There are two main stories about its origin: one claims it was a favorite at the Southside Sportsmen's Club in Long Island, while another story suggests it was popular among the South Side gangsters of Chicago who wanted to make their bootleg alcohol more palatable. The cocktail's refreshing qualities and simple ingredients made it a timeless choice.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing tips for the Southside cocktail?

A classic garnish for the Southside cocktail is a sprig of fresh mint or a lime wheel. To enhance the aroma and flavor, you might gently clap the mint sprig between your hands before placing it in the drink. This technique releases the essential oils without bruising the leaves. Adding a lime wheel on the rim of the glass not only makes the drink visually appealing but also allows drinkers to adjust the tartness to their liking.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any ingredients in a Southside cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute ingredients in a Southside cocktail to suit your taste preferences or available ingredients. For example, if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, agave syrup can be used instead of sugar syrup. For a non-alcoholic version, you can substitute the dry gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or even tonic water for a different twist. Always consider the balance of sweetness and acidity when substituting ingredients.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the proper way to prepare a Southside cocktail?

The proper way to prepare a Southside cocktail involves chilling a cocktail glass beforehand, and then in a shaker, muddling the mint leaves lightly to release their flavor. Add the lime juice, dry gin, sugar syrup, and ice to the shaker. Shake the mixture vigorously until well chilled, then strain into the prepared glass. This method ensures a refreshing, cold, and aromatic cocktail.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are most suitable for serving a Southside cocktail?

The Southside cocktail, with its refreshing and elegant profile, is perfect for summer gatherings, garden parties, or as a sophisticated pre-dinner drink. Its refreshing qualities make it an excellent choice for warm weather occasions, while its refined appearance suits more formal events as well. Whether you're hosting a casual get-together or an elegant soirée, the Southside cocktail can easily adapt to the vibe of your event.

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