The Southside Cocktail is a Savoy Cocktail book classic, although in Harry Craddock’s recipe a splash of soda water is added to create a longer drink. Allegedly, this was how the Southsiders in Chicago drank the cocktail during the prohibition era, and where the cocktail got its name.
Using fresh herbs in cocktails is fabulous. They add a fresh dimension that lifts the spirits (and the spirit!).
Ingredients for a Southside
8 fresh mint leaves (reserve one for garnish)
60ml London Dry Gin (I used McHenry’s Classic Dry Gin)
30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
15ml simple syrup
How to make a Southside
Put the leaves in the bottom of an empty shaker, then the other ingredients. Add ice and shaker well until the shaker is chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.