Its summertime, and its time to take a serious look at some cocktails that are appropriate for lounging on the beach. The Southside Cocktail has gotten some serious press lately and seems to be considered part of this summer’s “Cocktail Canon” [right alongside the Gin and Tonic].So I thought it worthwhile to take a look at what people are saying about this drink and how to make the perfect one.
The drink has plenty of exciting origin stories: 1920’s Chicago, dark alleys and prohibition- but the real truth is much less made-for-movies and a likely explanation for why this Hamptons’ favorite is served so frequently on Long Island.
But alas, let me defer to an excellent history on the drink written by Rhett over at “And One More for the Road.”Leite's CulinariaCockltail ChroniclesBrooklyn GalleyAnd 1 more for the road Gin2 oz.2 oz.2 oz2.5 oz. Lime2 wedges, squeezed Lemon1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)1/2 oz. lemon juice4 lemon wedges Fresh Mint2 sprigs10-12 leaves6 or 7 leaves4-5 mint leaves Club Soda1 splash Simple Syrup1 oz.1 oz. Sugar1 tsp2-3 tsp. InstructionsSqueeze lime into a cocktail glass. Muddle mint with simple syrup and lime; add gin; stir.