thirsty thursday: the southside

There’s an old saying, somewhere along the lines of “gin makes you sin.”

But I think that it needs to be adjusted, ever so slightly, towards the thought of not liking gin makes you a sinner. But maybe not really…?

I digress. The moral of today’s story is that this is THE DRINK that will make you a gin lover, if you aren’t already. I know I’ve been professing my love and appreciation of {good} bourbon as of late – see here, and here – but gin is my favorite. It’s such a diverse liquor, with flavors and aromas as varied as the many cocktails they’ve inspired.

For today’s drink, we’re keeping it simple; clean, fresh, and bright. Hints of fresh mint, lime juice and just a note of sweetness from the simple syrup let the herbal notes of the gin really shine. Because isn’t that what everyone craves when you’ve got about 8″ of snow on the ground, or is that just me?

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The Southside {serves 1}

Inspired from local favorite, this drink is insanely easy to prepare – and delivers impressive results. 

Ingredients:

2 ounces gin

1 ounce simple syrup

juice of half a lime

fresh mint leaves, julienned

fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

optional: 2-3 ounces club soda, for finishing

To Prepare:

Fill a cocktail shaker with the gin, simple syrup, julienned mint leaves and lime juice. Top with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or until the exterior becomes frosty.

Strain into a sidecar-style glass and garnish with mint sprigs. Top with club soda, if so desired.

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