POPSUGAR Food

Get to Know the Southside, a Prohibition-Era Cocktail

May 31 2013 - 1:00pm

Many people have an aversion to gin; it's a travesty, because gin is an incredibly nuanced and versatile spirit. Erick Castro, owner of San Diego's Polite Provisions [0] and former West Coast ambassador for Beefeater [1] and Plymouth [2] gins, agrees: "The reason people don't like gin is because the most common gin drinks — the martini and the gin and tonic — don't appeal to everyone."

Castro wants to start a gin revolution with this amazing-tasting cocktail, the Southside. This classic concoction is a straightforward mixture of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint, and he believes it has the power to change the way gin is seen — much in the way the mojito [3] changed people's perspective of rum. After sipping this refreshing, light beverage, I'm getting behind Castro's cause. To do so too, give the drink a try.

Photos: Nicole Perry


Southside

Southside

Southside Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

8 mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
3/4 ounce simple syrup [5]
2 ounces gin
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

  1. Place the mint leaves and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle well.
  2. Add the gin and lemon juice and top with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a sprig of mint, and enjoy.

Makes 1 drink.


Source URL
http://www.yumsugar.com/food/Southside-Recipe-15381617