South Side

A quick cocktail recipe while the last bit of summer lingers.

The South Side.  The origin is disputed, but definitely made famous by the 21 Club in New York City.  I’ve seen some recipes that use lime juice instead of lemon, powdered sugar instead of simple syrup and some that add no club soda at all.  This is how I like it.

2 oz Gin

1 oz Lemon Juice

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

2 Mint Sprigs

1 Splash of Club Soda

Combine the gin, juice, syrup, and mint in a mixing glass.

Add ice and cover with a shaker tin.  Shake vigorously.

This is what you are looking for; a frosty exterior lets you know that the drink inside is well chilled.

Open the shaker and add the club soda.  Swirl it around lightly and strain it into a cocktail glass.

Refrain from the double strain, otherwise, you’ll miss out on the green flecked appearance that the broken mint leaves add, which is quite nice.

As a side note, this is the drink that I served with the Mole Raviole.

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