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Celebrate summer with an easy drink that kicked off Prohibition

The South Side is a cocktail classic that dates to at least 1917 — it’s in the last American cocktail book printed before the beginning of Prohibition. The South Side enjoyed fame as the house cocktail at New York’s famed 21 Club for years but was all but forgotten in the later 20th Century. This refreshing combination of gin, lime, mint and sugar has once again found fans since the cocktail renaissance of the early 2000s. Libacious bartender Casey Fox shares her recipe below.

South Side


2 ounce Plymouth or London Dry Gin

3/4 ounce. fresh lime juice

3/4 ounce simple syrup

8-10 mint leaves


In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle mint and simple syrup. Add gin, lime juice and ice, and shake until chilled. Double strain into a cocktail glass. If you’re making the fizz version, double strain into a highball filled with ice, and top with 1 1/2 ounces of club soda.


Want something less potent? Pour it over ice and top it with club soda and you have a South Side Fizz, perfect for sipping on the porch on a hot July afternoon.