This southside cocktail is a tempting summer cocktail made with gin, simple syrup, mint, lime, and a splash of club soda. Consider it a lighter, gin-based mojito that goes down dangerously quickly. (You’ve been warned.)
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- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1
Special Equipment: Cocktail shaker
Squeeze the lime wedges into a cocktail shaker (if you’re the sort who needs to measure, you should have 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice) and drop the wedges into the shaker.
Add the simple syrup and mint to the shaker. 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.
Add a big splash of soda, roll* the cocktail into a highball glass, and serve. Originally published June 1, 2012.
*What does it mean to "roll" a drink?
As chef Frank Stitt points out in Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita, “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.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Yum, yum, and YUM!!! Lime? Mint? Gin? I’m THERE! I made this Southside cocktail three times over the course of a week (well, I had to find something to use up all that simple syrup, right? Yeah. Right.)
With an ingredient list this short, using a nicer gin would really make a difference. I used Beefeater because that was what we had in the house. It was fine, although if you have Plymouth or Hendrick’s, I would recommend using one of them, as they’re smoother and good for sipping alone. One word of caution: Be careful not to over-muddle, or your drink will get bitter. As for serving suggestions, I tried muddling in some fresh blackberries I had lying around. They were a bit sour so I had to adjust the simple syrup, but they made for a really outstanding drink.
This is going into the permanent recipe file!
This Southside cocktail recipe was a cool, refreshing, minty, lime-y drink! I loved it as did my guests–and I’m not really a gin lover. I think this is a keeper.