Tradition's Southside Recipe

Tradition's Southside Recipe

[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

We'd drink this refreshing classic cocktail all afternoon—it's easy to make and easy to gulp. Gin, mint, and citrus are an unbeatable combination, with a little soda to lighten it up. At Tradition in San Francisco, Ian Scalzo and his bartending team serve it in a mason jar with a fragrant mint sprig.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 2 ounces London Dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 to 2 limes
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ounce cold club soda
  • 1 mint sprig


  1. 1.

    Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lime, lemon, simple syrup, and mint leaves. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into ice-filled serving glass or mason jar, top with soda water. Garnish with mint sprig and serve immediately.