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Southside Cocktail

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

  • 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
Servings1
Calories Per Serving363
Total Fat1g2%
Sugar16gN/A
Saturated0.4g1.8%
Protein6g12%
Carbs33g11%
Vitamin A371µg41%
Vitamin B60.3mg14.8%
Vitamin C31mg51%
Vitamin K0.1µg0.2%
Calcium369mg37%
Fiber12g50%
Folate (food)194µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)194µg48%
Iron22mg100%
Magnesium119mg30%
Niacin (B3)2mg9%
Phosphorus114mg16%
Polyunsaturated0.7gN/A
Potassium874mg25%
Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg19.7%
Sodium69mg3%
Sugars, added16gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg11.7%
Zinc2mg14%