While rumors abound about its origin, drink historian David Wondrich traces the Southside’s beginnings to an evolution of the Mint Julep made at Snedecor’s Tavern on Long Island (A tavern which in turn had its evolution into the Southside Sportsman’s Club in the late 1800s). It was there that the well-to-dos would often drink this new cocktail while fishing at the club. When those people would visit other clubs and venues they would then ask for “that Southside drink”.
Discover why the botanical notes of gin combined with the brightness of citrus and the invigorating aroma of mint continue to be enjoyed in bars and homes worldwide, standing as a testament to the enduring appeal of classic cocktails with a touch of history and sophistication.
(Originally published 10/13/23)
5 Mint leaves
1 oz. Lemon juice
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Simple syrup
Mint sprig (for garnish)
Add the mint leaves and lemon juice into your Hybrid Cocktail Shaker and gently muddle.
Add the gin and simple syrup into the shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with mint sprig.
Some Southside recipes call for fresh lime juice in place of lemon juice - try them both and see which you prefer!
The Southside Fizz
Add club soda to your Southside to make a variation known as the Southside Fizz. Rumor has it this was the preferred cocktail of bootlegger Al Capone and his crew though this story is most likely more fun than it is true.
The Southside Royale
Feeling extra-fancy? Instead of topping your Southside with soda water, try topping it with Prosecco or Champagne to create the celebratory Southside Royale.