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Behind the Bar: Raul Zelaya’s Southside

by Kristina Gill

We took the day off last Friday in honor of the 4th.  This week to make up for it, we’re bringing you a very very simple yet refreshing gin-based cocktail, the Southside, by Raul Zelaya, the person behind the Death to Sour Mix cocktails website.  I’ll share a little secret with you, I took Raul’s advice and infused the simple syrup with mint for the cocktails I made, and it was fantastic!   If you’d like even more cocktail ideas for your summer outdoor entertaining, just hit up the Behind the Bar archives.   –Kristina

About Raul: Raul Zelaya is a Boston-based cocktail blogger and founder of Deathtosourmix.com, a modern site specializing in craft spirits and techniques. Saveur.com named the blog “Editor’s Choice for Best Cocktail Blog of 2014.” Raul is also a frequent contributor to Liquor.com’s Drinkwire portal.

See how to make a Southside after the jump!


  • 2 oz American dry gin
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup (can be infused for extra fun)
  • mint

Make the cocktail:

Gently muddle the mint in a shaker.  Pour in the juices, syrup and spirit.  Add ice and shake vigorously.  Double strain into a coupe-like glass of your choice.  Garnish with a mint leaf and lime wheel.


Why Raul loves this recipeThis cocktail has everything you’d need for a good time. It has the delicate fragrance of fresh mint, the bright citrus kick without the tart and to end it all, that sweetness that comes in at the end. The dry gin is what binds everything together and with the years, I’ve grown quite fond of craft American gins in particular due to their crisp flavors.  


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