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Southside Recipe

Get to Know the Southside, a Prohibition-Era Cocktail

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 and former West Coast ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth 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 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 Cocktail Recipe


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


  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.

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melicious melicious 5 years
I am one of those people with an aversion to gin, but a friend of mine gave me a bottle recently which prompted me to try a Gin Buck at home. I admit that now I like it! (though am still getting used to this new flavor) I will definitely try this drink- I think the key is mixing with citrus?
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I also love gin! Putting this on my list!
msdecember msdecember 5 years
i am a gin fan.... gonna try this one!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 5 years
Um... I love gin and tonic. It does indeed taste good with a squeeze of lime. Not that this doesn't sound okay, but it seems sweet, which is exactly what I'm avoiding when I reach for a gin drink. Want to try something interesting with gin? 1 oz Tanqueray Rangpur 1 oz Velvet Falernum 1 oz lime juice Shake with ice, pour in a pilsner glass, then top off with a pilsner beer of your choice (though I recommend Pilsner Urquell) Fizzy, bitter goodness. Delicious.
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