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Southside Cocktail

The Southside Cocktail is the house drink of New York’s 21 Club, this has quite a following at the Bottega bar as well. Think of it as a gin mojito.–Frank Stitt

LC Rolling in the Deep Note

As chef Frank Stitt points out in Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita, the inspired collection of recipes from which this Southside Cocktail recipe is taken, “rolling a drink” means to “gently pour it from the shaker into a glass in order to mix it.” Sorta like “rolling in the deep”–deep into cocktail hour, anyways.

Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker

Southside Cocktail Recipe

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • Makes 1

Ingredients

  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 ounces gin
  • Splash of club soda

Directions

  • 1. Squeeze the lime wedges into a cocktail shaker (if you’re the sort who needs to measure, you should have ¾ ounce fresh lime juice) and drop the wedges into the shaker. Add the simple syrup and mint. Muddle with a long-handled spoon to bruise the mint and extract some of the oils from the lime peel. Add the gin and enough ice to fill the shaker halfway. Cover and shake.
  • 2. Add a big splash of soda, roll the cocktail into a highball glass, and serve.
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