Hello summer. I’m gonna be drinking a lot of these while you’re around. I was introduced to The Southside at a Tanqueray event led by Brand Ambassador Rachel Ford of Ford Mixology Lab. Check out my interview with Rachel over on Swallow.
But back to The Southside. As with so many classic cocktails, its origins are murky and uncertain. Did it spring from gangland Chicago or the Long Island country club set at the Southside Sportsman’s Club? There is much debate.
What’s indubitable is that it’s a simple cocktail packs a lot of refreshment into just a few ingredients. Pictured is the long version, topped with club soda. Here’s the short version, testing Rachel’s 2-1-1 rule.
- 2 oz gin
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ¾ oz simple syrup
- 1 sprig of mint
In a shaker, combine all ingredients with a few ice cubes. Shake, then strain into a martini glass or coupe. (For the long version, pour into a highball or Collins glass and top with club soda.) Garnish with a mint sprig.
Tanqueray No. 10 would work well here, what with its whole citrus fruit thing going on, but I bet it would also be dynamite with their lime forward Rangpur gin. I’ll also be trying out The Southside’s cousin, The Eastside!