The Southside or The White Man’s Mohito
Stephen Tortorici , Editor | Sep 8, 2014
Title: Editor
Topic category: Vodka

A county club favorite, this prohibition-born, gin-based cocktail is a lovely blend of citrus and mint. Delightful, fizzy sweet and has been my go-to summer cocktail since I learned of it years ago. I make them by the pitcherful, a huge favorite with guests. There are several stories about it’s origin, but I prefer thinking of it as the signature drink of the perennially chic “21” Club, located at 21 West 52nd Street in New York City. A speakeasy during prohibition. You can find out more about Southside lore from The Gin Foundry. The recipe that follows is from The Savoy Cocktail Book, Harry Craddock. 1930.

The juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/2 Tablespoonful of powdered sugar
2 Sprigs of fresh mint
1 Glass Dry gin

Shake well and strain into a medium glass. Add dash of siphon soda water.

My version is by the beautiful, frosty pitcher full. I prefer lime to lemon regardless of how I prepare it.

1 12 oz can of Minute Maid Limeade. It’s only legitimate use in my opinion. Before you turn up your nose, it’s basically lime juice and simple syrup.
Fresh mint leaves. About 1/2 cup tightly packed
Vodka, lots

Fill a large (about 90 oz) pitcher 2/3 full with ice. Add the entire can of limeade. Add the mint leaves and stir until the mint muddles mixing with the ice and limeade. Now the Vodka. How much? I look out at the state of my guests and pour Vodka into the pitcher until it seems like it’s enough. This can be 8-16 oz of Vodka or more, God forbid. Add seltzer to fill the pitcher. Give it one more stir and serve while fizzy.

Tags: Gin, Vodka, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Mint, Seltzer
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