The Southside is a great, refreshing Summer cocktail that is easy to make and remains enjoyable all year round. It’s also a great way to approach gin, and the perfect drink for those wanting to try gin, but aren’t sure about it’s particular qualities, which is why we like it with Portland style gin.
The Southside is little more than a gin sour with mint, and that leaves many possibilities for adaptation. In this recipe, we play it straight, and go for gin, lemon, simple syrup and mint. Our gin of choice, one of our favorites, is Portland Dry Gin 33, by New Deal distillery, a typical gin in the sense that it possesses all the wonderful dryness and flavor of a quality gin, but it’s also an approachable gin . It’s a great choice for those sampling gin for the first time, and for those with an appreciation for the piney spirit. As for the mint, we insist on growing our own, and trim leaves from the herb garden, but don’t be afraid to buy fresh mint the next time you’re at the store. It works just as well. Also, adjust the sweetness to your taste. We prefer our drinks less sweet, and use simple syrup mixed 1:1 water to sugar, but you can use a sweeter mix and add as much simple syrup as you like.
5-10 mint leaves, depending on leaf size and how minty you want your drink
1 1/2 oz (45ml) New Deal 33 Portland Dry Gin
3/4 oz (20ml) lemon juice
1/2 oz (15ml) simple syrup.
Shake and serve up. Garnish with a mint leaf.
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