Ingredients

  • 60ml Australian Dry Gin
  • 45ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 30ml Sugar Syrup
  • 5(ish) Fresh mint leaves
  • Ice
  • A mint leaf to garnish

Method

  1. Add your gin, lime juice, sugar syrup, mint leaves and ice to a shaker
  2. Shake well then strain into a Martini or Coupe glass
  3. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy

The History

A Southside is refreshing and punchy and cool all at the same time. The fresh mint and lime combine with a quality gin to bring out some of the floral notes while balanced with the sweetness to create a wonderful drink to sip and enjoy. The Southside resembles a Mojito and like all good cocktails has a story shrouded in mystery, though no one can be absolutely sure of it.

There are two versions, and this is our favourite.

Many gin cocktails originated in the prohibition era and often were designed to mask the tastes and smells of the bathtub gins they were made from. Al Capone’s gang were particularly bad ‘distillers’ and they needed to mask the ‘quality’ of their gin. Their rivals in the North of Chicago were better and had created a more balanced gin served in a cocktail with ginger ale, the Northside. The Southside was Al Capone’s attempt to get people to buy his product.

The Southside has come a long way and with the modern gin renaissance it is cocktail to be enjoyed with a quality gin.

Tips / Additional Notes

Turning a strong cocktail like a Southside into a longer drink is really easy. The Southside Fizz is simply the above served in a high ball glass, over ice and topped up with soda – quite literally a gin Mojito. On a warm day this makes for a less punchy and slightly diluted, delicious and refreshing cocktail.