The Southside Cocktail is a classic gin cocktail that is so easy and delicious, you need to give it a try! Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint!
Classic Gin Cocktails
This week has been about revisiting some classic gin cocktails! On Tuesday, I shared a White Lady Cocktail. The White Lady Cocktail was really similar to today’s cocktail with lemon juice and gin, but instead of a simple syrup is gets it’s sweetness from the Cointreau (orange liqueur.)
As I delve deeper into cocktail making and craft cocktails, it is so interesting to see how most cocktails are riffs of other cocktails. Taking out this, putting in that. Kind of like cooking when you choose whether to add raisins or not, add an extra clove of garlic or make the choice between fresh thyme or parsley.
To continue to grow in my cocktail making skills, I’m going to continue to revisit these classic cocktails. They are the basis that most of the craft cocktails come from.
Ingredients to Make a Southside Cocktail:
You only need 4 ingredients to make this easy classic cocktail!
Gin – We used a Plymouth Gin. Plymouth Gin is one of the oldest distilleries in the UK. It is more drier than a London Dry and a bit earthier. It’s one of our favorite gins to use in a gin and tonic.
Simple Syrup – we usually make a batch of this and store it in the fridge. It lasts about a month in the fridge. Homemade Ginger Simple Syrup would work really well with these flavors!
Lemon – fresh squeezed is always best!
How to Make a Southside Cocktail
To make this cocktail add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice about 3/4 full. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, then strain into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with mint.
The hardest part of making this cocktail is juicing the lemon! Seriously!
Tip – before juicing a lemon, I use a channel knife or a vegetable peeler to remove some zest. I store them in a little jar in the freezer to use in recipes that call for a lemon twist garnish or in food recipes that need lemon zest.
This Southside Cocktail is so good!! It is refreshing with the botanical flavors of the gin pairing beautifully with the lemon juice and then the fresh mint!
This is a cocktail recipe that you want to have in your repertoire. It’s so easy and so elegant. I’m going to be making these all season long when my mint is thriving! I even love these so much that I cut off a few mint sprigs to root so that I can grow mint in my house all winter long!
More Delicious Gin Cocktails:
Tart Cherry Negroni – take a classic negroni on a fruity spin with tart cherry juice!
Blackberry Cocktail – a favorite fruity cocktail!
Gin Mojito – another favorite gin and mint cocktail!
Hibiscus Collins – because pretty pink cocktails are always welcome here!
Midori Gin and Tonic – my cocktail answer to St. Patrick’s Day green beer!
For even more be sure and follow my Gin Cocktails and Recipes Board on Pinterest.
- 2 ounces gin dry
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed and strained
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup
- 6 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint leaves.
- Fill the shaker 3/4 full with ice.
- Put a lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
- Strain into a martini glass and garnish with fresh mint.