Southside Cocktails

Ah, the perfect hot-weather cocktail: minty, fizzy, sweet and strong. Legend has it that the Southside was invented during Prohibition by Chicago mobsters to disguise the taste of bathtub gin. These days, tony beach clubs along the Atlantic (no, the whole coast isn’t totally Snooki-fied) serve it up in summer with rum instead of gin for a Jersey Shore twist on the mojito. P.S. It’s surprisingly boozy, so sip slowly, my friends!

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Southside Cocktails


  • 1 oz Dark rum*
  • 1 oz Simple syrup (1 part sugar dissolved in 1 part water)
  • 2 oz Lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh mint leaves, minced
  • splash of Soda

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  • Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice and mint to a shaker with ice.
  • Pour over a chilled mug or pint glass filled with ice, then add a splash of soda.

*Real Jersey boys top it all off with a “floater”—aka another shot of rum—that will settle into the drink once all that ice melts.

  • Southside Cocktails

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