Ginuary 21st: the Southside.

Southside? South Side? Lemon? Lime? Here’s the problem with classic cocktails… who knows? Or maybe we know, but the improved version is actually better, which is why it’s better known? All I know is when there’s such a clear divide of opinions in recipes, I’ve got no choice.

I have to do a comparison post, and probably get a bit drunk in doing so.

The things I do for Ginuary.

The Southside

  • 60ml gin (I used Sipsmith)
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 6-8 mint leaves

Shake ingredients over ice and double strain into a cocktail or coupe glass. Garnish with another mint leaf or two.

Here’s what I did. One with lemon. One with lime. One with half/half. I will fight you. Half/half won. I know, I was surprised too! I actually expected lime to be the winner, and it was winning for me until I thought to try the half/half blend. Maybe it was also the glass choice—the first two I did in cocktail glasses and they don’t come anywhere near to filling the glass, but in a coupe it’s kind of perfect.

Look, I’m still really tired and I have now had six shots of alcohol and it’s bedtime and I don’t have to be anywhere tomorrow morning. BYE.