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.

Recipe Details

Tradition's Southside Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving

Meet your new favorite afternoon drink.


  • 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.


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.

Special Equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
205 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 205
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 15mg 77%
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 57mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)