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.

1
Servings
90
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 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

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
1g
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Calcium, Ca
9mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
2µg
1%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
39mg
6%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
9mg
1%
Water
20g
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.