South Side Cocktail | 4 Ingredient Gin Cocktail

I’ve been working with an awesome cocktail blogger from the USA this week and we’ve posted recipes for each other. Check out her South Side Cocktail, which is made from just 4 ingredients and perfect for avoiding allergens and intolerances. For those with a nut-allergy be sure to choose a gin that hasn’t been infused with allergens and make sure you read the label. The Juniper Club can help here, but a classic London Dry is usually a safe bet.

Over to Corrie!

Hey, I’m Corrie from Girl & Tonic! I’m really excited to work with Rebecca for two reasons: 1) she’s totally killing it in the blogosphere, and 2) as a person with Celiac disease, I appreciate her passion to create and share recipes for people with food allergies and intolerances. 

The recipe I’m sharing today is one of my favourite cocktail recipes that I only JUST discovered. The South Side is by no means a new drink—it’s actually a cocktail recipe that’s been around since the Prohibition. Any recipe that’s been around for a century has gotta be good. Once you try one, you’ll see why the South Side has stood the test of time.

It’s crisp, refreshing, and clean. PERFECT for a summer evening. I’ve been crushing on mint cocktails lately (thanks to the extra-warm Texas weather). My previous favourite was the Campari To-Kill-Ya but the South Side is now giving me major pause when I stop to choose my cocktail for the evening. Where the Campari To-Kill-Ya recipe is bubbly & bright, the South Side is clean and sophisticated. Serving it in a coupe glass ups the fancy factor and makes you want to savour every sip. 

Perhaps my favourite thing about the South Side is that it’s only four ingredients. Yep, FOUR. Gin, lemon juice, sugar, and mint. Since I have a mint plant on my porch and always keep lemons on hand, I can make this whenever the urge strikes. Check out the recipe to see what you’ll need.

South Side Cocktail

This bright and refreshing cocktail is the perfect drink for a warm summer evening.
Prep Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • cocktail shaker
  • a muddler or a spoon


  • 2 shot gin
  • 1 shot lemon juice freshly-squeezed
  • 1 shot simple syrup*
  • 5-7 mint leaves


  • Gently muddle the mint leaves with the lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. No muddler? Use a spoon to press the leaves against the side of the glass.
  • Add the gin, simple syrup, and a generous amount of ice. 
  • Shake well, about 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. 
  • Garnish with mint and a lemon twist.


*To make simple syrup, bring 125ml of water and 115g of sugar to a boil on the stove, or until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool before using it. Store in the jar in a fridge for 4-6 weeks.
1 Shot is equivalent to roughly 25ml.
Keyword South Side

Looking to make another easy gin drink? Check out my recipes for a Gimlet and a Tom Collins.

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