January 9, 2024

The Southside cocktail originated in the South Side of Chicago during the prohibition era, when the sale, consumption and production of strong drinks was prohibited by the government. The cocktail is often associated with Al Capone, named as one of the gangster’s favorite cocktails of that time.

Southside cocktail recipe

Southside cocktail offers a refreshing and balanced combination of citrusy brightness, herbal mint, and a touch of sweetness.

IBA Category:
Added to the official list in 2020 and removed in 2021

Southside cocktail recipe


  • 2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • ice cubes

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the fresh mint leaves with the simple syrup.
2. Add gin and fresh lime juice to the shaker.
3. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake the ingredients for about 15 seconds to chill the mixture.
4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
5. Optionally, garnish with a mint sprig.

Southside cocktail recipe