This one harks back to the Twenty-One Club (so says a source I can’t put my finger on now), and is a staple of ritzy east coast watering holes all summer. Southside of what? I dunno, but it’s almost obligatory to wear tennis whites, seersucker or a big floppy hat while sipping one of these. But don’t let class politics spoil you on it–it’s a really refreshing little tipple. Plus, it comes in two versions: the Southside proper, which is just a short drink in a cocktail glass; or the Southside Fizz, which you strain into a Collins glass and top off with ice and seltzer.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce lemon juice (about 1/2 a decent-size lemon)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 10-12 mint leaves
Gently muddle the mint in the bottom of your shaker, then add the other ingredients; if you want more of a minty taste, let it sit for a few minutes before proceeding. Ready? OK, add the ice and shake. Either strain into a chilled cocktail glass (and I do mean strain–otherwise you might wind up with tiny bits of mint leaf stuck in your teeth) and serve with mint leaf garnish, or into an icy collins glass, then fill with fizzy water and garnish with a mint sprig.