Southside
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Southside

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 8 mint leaves plus sprig for garnish

Glass: Collins glass
Build: In a shaker, muddle mint and simple syrup; add ice, gin, and lemon juice; shake, strain, and serve up.
Garnish: Mint sprig

The Twist: Ocean Side (Polite Provisions, San Diego)
When it comes to adapting classics, bartender and proprietor Erick Castro says less is more, as is the case with his Ocean Side cocktail: "A good twist on a classic should highlight and accent the original flavors of the cocktail. When it comes to the Ocean Side, all we are adding to the drink is a pitch of sea salt and celery bitters. The recipe itself is very herbaceous with the gin and the mint – we're bringing out a little more flavor simply with the addition of the celery bitters."