Tradition's Southside Recipe

Meet your new favorite afternoon drink.

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 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. 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.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer