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Southside

According to one story, the drink was the preferred beverage of Al Capone, whose gang dominated Chicago’s South Side. The gin imported by Capone’s rivals on the North Side of Chicago was smooth, and usually consumed with ginger ale. However, the gin run by Capone’s gang had a rougher edge to it, and required more sweeteners to make it palatable. Thus the South Side was born.

Recipe

2 oz gin
1 oz lemon
1 barspoon simple
10-12 mint leaves
soda
Garnish: mint sprig
Prep: Shake without soda/strain over crushed ice/top with soda/garnish