Southside Cocktail

Southside Cocktail
Staff Writer

Courtesy of PDT

The Southside cocktail.

For a true throwback, nothing can beat summer’s Southside, a drink that originated during Prohibition. According to cocktail folklore, this concoction was created by an Irish gang in gangster-ruled Chicago who were attempting to mask the bitter taste of bathtub gin with mint, a refreshing green garnish. Another tale insists it was created at Manhattan’s 21 Club, a preferred hot spot for the elite. It was such a hit among the city’s tastemakers that it became the preferred choice of country club-goers in the Hamptons during the steamy summer months. Today, you can still order this sought-after number at Manhattan’s PDT (Please Don’t Tell), an East Village speakeasy famous for its ultra posh crowd and cozy atmosphere. Nothing sets the mood at a classic joint quite like this classic favorite.


In a pint mixing glass, muddle the mint leaves. Add spirits and mixers. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.


Calories per serving:

21 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 6 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 6 IU
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 3 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 5 mg
  • Carotene, beta 4 µg
  • Choline, total 2 mg
  • Folate, DFE 3 µg
  • Folate, food 3 µg
  • Folate, total 3 µg
  • Fructose 2 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 2 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 5 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 4 mg
  • Potassium, K 38 mg
  • Sodium, Na 4 mg
  • Sugars, total 4 g
  • Water 36 g
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