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.

Ingredients

  • Aviation Gin
  • 3/4  Ounces  lemon or lime juice
  • 3/4  Ounces  simple syrup
  • Loose third pint full of mint leaves

Directions

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.

Nutritional Facts

Sugar
4g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Calcium, Ca
5mg
1%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Folate, total
3µg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
5mg
2%
Phosphorus, P
3mg
0%
Sodium, Na
5mg
0%
Water
36g
1%

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.