Friday, July 17, 2009

The Southside-A Classic Summer Cocktail

It's Friday in July and it finally feels like summer. No better time, in my opinion, to enjoy a cool, refreshing cocktail. My favorite summertime libation is a classic Southampton cocktail party staple-the Southside. A delightful combination of gin (or rum), citrus, sugar and fresh mint-it's a sweeter, fresher take on the mojito. Enjoyed by the country club set for ages, it's your turn to give it a try. Drink up!

The Southside
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce simple sugar
ten fresh mint leaves
2 ounces gin or rum

Muddle mint, lime juice and simple sugar until mint flavor has been released. Add gin to mint mix and top off with seltzer. Serves 1.

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