Friday Night Cocktails: South Side

Its Chicago's South Side that this classic drink is named for where Al Capone and company enjoyed this drink which craftily incorporates lime as a way of masking the harsh edge of bootlegged gin. 

I fear my bias toward gin is becoming evident in this series of paintings, but you'll thank me for the inclusion of this one, which is reminiscent of a mojito or gimlet, but with an added complexity due to the Angostura Bitters (thank you, Trinidad, for your country's delicious bitters). And we can all thank the Prohibition era for yielding another classic cocktail well worth making today.

South Side (makes one)

4 oz Gin

3/4 oz Lime Juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

two sprigs of mint

A few dashes of Angostura Bitters

Fill shaker half full with ice and add gin, lime juice, and syrup, one of the mint sprigs and the bitters. Shake until the shaker is too cold to hold/frosted over, then strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the other mint sprig, play this song, and knock it back.