South Side Cocktail Recipe

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South Side Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:0 g

Carbohydrates:10 g


Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The South Side cocktail has its origins in the Prohibition era of the United States, specifically in the South Side of Chicago. It was a popular drink among gangsters and socialites alike, and has since become a classic cocktail enjoyed by many.

  • The South Side is often referred to as the 'gin mojito' due to its similarities in ingredients and preparation
  • It is believed that the South Side was created to mask the taste of low-quality gin that was prevalent during Prohibition
  • The cocktail has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks to the craft cocktail movement

How South Side Tastes?

The South Side cocktail is a refreshing, citrusy, and slightly minty drink with a hint of sweetness. It is light and easy to drink, making it perfect for warm weather or as an aperitif.

Interesting facts about South Side

  • The South Side is often associated with the notorious gangster Al Capone, who was known to frequent speakeasies in the South Side of Chicago
  • The cocktail is sometimes served with club soda, making it a South Side Fizz
  • The South Side is a versatile cocktail that can be made with vodka instead of gin, creating a Vodka South Side


A few good options for South Side are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the spirit base of the South Side, providing a complex botanical backdrop. 2 oz is just right to assert its presence without overpowering. Too much gin? The botanicals stage a mutiny against your taste buds! Not enough? The cocktail’s soul takes a leave of absence.

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Lemon Juice

This citrus superstar brings balance with its 1 oz of tart zing. Like a squeeze of sunshine, it cuts through all the herbal seriousness. No lemon juice makes for a flat and uninspired sip; too much turns your pucker to level 'Warhead candy'.

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Simple Syrup

0.5 oz of this sweet mediator keeps the peace between gin and lemon juice. If they argue, your palate pays the price. Skip it, and the tartness may become a bully. Overdo it, and the cocktail dresses up in a sugar costume for Halloween!

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Mint Leaves

6-8 leaves are the herbaceous heartbeats of the South Side, offering a fresh and aromatic whisper. Forget them, and you’ll miss the garden gala happening in your glass; too many, and it’s like brushing your teeth with your cocktail.

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Club Soda (optional)

A 1 oz splash turns the party into a bubbly soiree known as the South Side Fizz. Leave it out, and no harm done - you just have the classic still version. Add too much, and you've got a ginny soda pop on your hands.

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Ice is the cool uncle here. It chills everything down and keeps the party relaxed. No ice, and your drink is like that one guest at the BBQ who just won’t cool off. Too much? It's like sitting in an igloo—drink chill but conversation frosty.

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Recipe. How to make South Side Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and ice to the shaker
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice
  5. (Optional) Top with club soda for a South Side Fizz
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon wheel

Pro Tips

Muddle the mint gently to avoid bitterness. Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor. Chill the glass before serving for a refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Appetizers: Light appetizers like seafood ceviche or fresh oysters complement the South Side’s refreshing quality.
  • Salads: A crisp, garden-fresh salad with a vinaigrette dressing pairs beautifully, echoing the cocktail’s bright and herbal notes.
  • Poultry: Grilled chicken or turkey sandwiches with a hint of citrus or herb marinades work well with the South Side’s profile.
  • Sushi: Delicate flavors of sushi, particularly with a touch of wasabi, harmonize with the fresh, clean taste of the cocktail.

Drinks Pairings

  • White Wines: A Sauvignon Blanc with its herbaceous character is a nice alternative drink pairing.
  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime keeps in theme with the cocktail's zest.

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What you could change in South Side

Gin: Can be replaced with vodka for a Vodka South Side. Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used for a different citrus twist. Simple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as natural sweeteners.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber South Side

Instead of mint, use thinly sliced cucumbers and a pinch of sea salt. The cucumber offers a spa-like tranquility and a touch of salt to elevate the botanical notes of the gin.

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 0.5 oz Simple Syrup, Slices of cucumber, A pinch of sea salt, Ice.
  • Recipe: Muddle cucumber slices and sea salt with simple syrup; follow the remaining steps of South Side. This twist is like taking your taste buds on a serene garden stroll.

Spicy South Side

Add a small slice of jalapeño to the muddle for a kick that'll get your heart racing. Just like an unexpected plot twist in a chill movie, the heat shakes things up but settles into the overall fresh narrative.

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 0.5 oz Simple Syrup, 6-8 Mint Leaves, 1 thin slice jalapeño, Ice.
  • Recipe: Muddle mint and jalapeño with simple syrup, then proceed as with the classic. Brace yourself for a sip that’s a little sweet, a lot fresh, and unapologetically feisty.

South Side Royale

Top the cocktail with a splash of champagne instead of club soda. It’s like dressing your drink in a tuxedo for a night at the opera, luxurious and lively.

  • Ingredients: 2 oz Gin, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 0.5 oz Simple Syrup, 6-8 Mint Leaves, Champagne, Ice.
  • Recipe: Prepare as the original South Side, and grace with champagne. This rendition adds a sophisticated effervescence, making any occasion feel extra special.

In case you forgot basics how to make South Side

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on South Side

What's the best type of gin to use for a South Side cocktail?

While any kind of gin can be used, London Dry Gin is usually recommended for its clean, crisp flavors that complement the citrus and mint notes of the cocktail.

How can I switch up the flavors in my South Side?

You could try experimenting with different types of syrup, such as lavender or basil for a unique twist. Alternatively, using different varieties of mint, like spearmint or peppermint, can also switch up the flavor.

What is the difference between a South Side and a Mojito?

Both cocktails use similar ingredients - lime, mint, sugar, and soda water. The main difference is the base spirit. A South Side uses gin while a Mojito typically uses rum.

What type of glass should I use to serve a South Side?

South Side cocktails are usually served in tall, slender highball glasses. However, they can also be served in a rocks glass or a Collins glass.

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