The history of this cocktail is a bit spotty, like so many others. It is purported to have been popularized at New York’s 21 Club, and legends tie it to prohibition era Chicago and the up and coming mob world. There is not strong evidence to stand behind this.
The cocktail itself presents a wonderful balance of premium gin, accentuating the citrus notes in the complex spirit. The citrus show a vibrant and refreshing cocktail while the mint lends a beautiful aromatic. Even those folks who normally don’t touch gin will love this cocktail – perfect for the seasoned cocktail veteran or newcomer to the game.
This cocktail is traditionally made with lemon, but we like the way the lime plays with the gin and mint a bit better. Serve over ice – garnish with fresh mint sprig.
Ingredients in a Charles Joly Southside: Premium gin, mint, pure sugar cane and lime.
Matthew H Lindner
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