The Southside Cocktail: A Classic Gin Drink

The Southside Cocktail: A Classic Gin Drink
A delicious and refreshing twist on the classic Gin Sour cocktail.

Once you master the Gin Sour, you can make a whole swathe of drinks. The Southside is the perfect example of how by adding just one ingredient (mint), you can create a whole different drink. If you like Mojitos then this drink is for you. By adding soda water and serving long on ice you can also create the refreshing Southside Fizz.

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60ml Gin
Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
20ml Sugar syrup (1 part sugar : 1 part water)
3-4 Fresh mint leaves

Garnish None

Ice Cubes (for shaking)

Glass Cocktail glass

Equipment Checklist

Hawthorne Strainer Shaker
Fine Strainer

Recommended Gins

Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry Gin


1. Add all your ingredients to the shaker.

2. Fill shaker to the brim with cubes of ice.

4. Shake hard for 30 seconds.

5. Fine strain into an ice-cold cocktail glass.

Bartender’s Top Tips

The classic recipe calls for lime juice, rather than lemon juice. However, we have recommended lemon juice in this recipe as we find that lime juice is generally too sharp and overwhelms the delicate character of the gin.

Remember to chill your glass in the freezer for 5 minutes before you fill it, to keep your drink colder and fresher for longer.

Fine straining through a mesh strainer (like a tea strainer), removes all the small chips of ice and bits of mint to create a silky smooth texture.

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