June 23, 2012

Southside (fizz)

Perhaps the Southside was invented in a country club in a rich American east coast community - perhaps it was invented by a bartender in a gangster run speakeasy in Chicago to cover up the horrible taste of bathtub gin.
Regardless it is a very elegant and understated summer cocktail - at least when made with a decent quality gin.

Much as I have taken a fancy to assorted rum drinks, this would be the one I chose if I could only take one cocktail to a hot, desert island.

  • 6 cl gin
  • 3 cl freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 cl simple syrup
  • Fresh mint
  • Seltzer
In the bottom of a shaker muddle the mint in the simple syrup gently. Then add lemon juice, gin and ice.

Shake for a good 20 seconds and strain into a chilled Collins glass - or any tall glass you have - over fresh ice. Top off with the seltzer and garnish with a sprig of mint.

If you don't add the seltzer strain into a chilled cocktail coupe instead. 

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