Southside Cocktail

There are conflicting stories about the origin of the Southside cocktail, the most intriguing being that the cocktail was created to cover the taste of the poor-quality, locally-made bootleg liquor being served on the south side of Chicago during Prohibition. In reality, the drink originated at the Southside Sportsmen’s Club on Long Island and was named accordingly. Regardless, it’s an easy-to-make cocktail that can be made with either gin, vodka or rum, depending on your personal taste.

Southside Cocktail

Southside Cocktail

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The Southside is a refreshing, versatile cocktail that combines mint, fresh lemon, fresh lime with your choice of gin, vodka or rum and a splash of soda.


  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2-1/2 ounces gin, vodka or rum
  • Splash of club soda


  • Place the sugar and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add the lemon juice, lime juice and gin and stir to combine. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake for about 10 seconds. Strain into an ice filled glass and top with a splash of soda.

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Recipe adapted from The Bartender’s Black Book
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