As the story goes, the Southside was named for the South Side of Chicago's bootlegging joints. During Prohibition, citrus and sugar were mixed with bathtub gin to make it drinkable. Even if it wasn't one of the creations of that era, it is still a delicious gimlet variation. In the years since, it has become an institution at many country clubs. Even Tory Burch has claimed a vodka-based version of this drink as her favorite.

The version documented in Townsend's The Bartender's Book is gin-based, and the spirit's botanicals add a layer of complexity to the taste. Fortunately, we don't live during Prohibition, and many of the products previously unavailable in Alabama are now here. Experimenting with different gins will yield slight changes in the cocktail's flavor and body, but the citrus and mint are somewhat forgiving.

This beverage is best made while the weather is warm and mint is in season. Since we've only got a few weeks left that meet both requirements, shake one (or few) up for the perfect picnic/tailgating/afternoon tipple.

Check out the recipe here. What's your favorite end of summer drink? Leave it in the comments! 

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Comment by Clair McLafferty on September 14, 2013 at 1:44am

Sounds tasty! I'll have to make one for myself :)

Comment by whitney long on September 11, 2013 at 2:16pm

Your recipe sounds amazing as does Tory's!  My cocktail of choice this summer is easy and yummy.  It doesn't have a name though it is worthy of one :)  Muddle 2 or 3 fresh mint leaves in your glass, fill almost to the top with Prosecco and then add a generous splash of  St. Germaine Elderflower.  Yum!

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