Southside Cocktail

Courtesy of PDT


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

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:

97 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat, Low Sodium Low Fat Abs

Daily value:



  • Fat 1g 1%
  • Carbs 25g 8%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 4g 16%
  • Sugars 16g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 2g 4%
  • Sodium 28mg 1%
  • Calcium 127mg 13%
  • Magnesium 44mg 11%
  • Potassium 322mg 9%
  • Iron 3mg 19%
  • Zinc 1mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 40mg 6%
  • Vitamin A 107µg 12%
  • Vitamin C 24mg 40%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 5%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 5%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 4%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 62µg 15%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 0%
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