Strawberry Southside Cocktail

Strawberry Southside Cocktail

Looking for an exciting way to use up your strawberries this season? I’ve got the perfect recipe for you! The Strawberry Southside Cocktail is fun, fresh, and fruity for a great happy hour libation. Enjoy!

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The Strawberry Southside Cocktail

The Strawberry Southside Cocktail is the perfect blend of fresh strawberries, mint, and gin for an easy-to-make cocktail that’s even prettier to sip on. The bright and blushing hue will excite your taste buds too!

The key to this cocktail is using fresh strawberries and mint to get a unique flavor that creates a fun cocktail with a lot of depth. So, head to your refrigerator, grab your container of strawberries and let’s shake up the Strawberry Southside Cocktail. Cheers!

Strawberry Southside Cocktail

What’s a Southside Cocktail?

This classic cocktail dates back to 1916 and can be described similarly to a Gimlet or Mint Julep. It’s a mixture of gin, citrus, sugar, and mint. This iconic cocktail is definitely worth knowing and tasting, especially if you’re a fellow gin lover!

Psst… Wanna elevate this classic cocktail?! Muddle up some fresh strawberries and mint for a refreshing infusion that gives this already delicious mixed drink SO much flavor.

Strawberry Southside Cocktail

Ingredients for the Strawberry Southside Cocktail

Make this Strawberry Southside Cocktail with only 5 ingredients. See what I used and any alternatives I recommend. 

  • Strawberries: cut the strawberry up and use a muddler to break down the fruit. P.S. save a whole strawberry for the garnish.
  • Mint leaves: throw in some fresh mint leaves with the cut-up strawberry and muddle together to release the minty fresh aroma and notes. 
  • Gin: use your preferred brand of gin. I like a more balanced and bright-tasting gin, so I prefer brands like Gray Whale Gin and The Botanist. But check out this article here for more recommendations.  
  • Lime juice: grab a lime and squeeze some fresh lime juice into your mixture. Alternatively, you can use lime concentrate, but I recommend fresh lime juice. 
  • Simple syrup: add in some simple syrup, it can either be homemade or store-bought. I used Stirrings Pure Cane Simple Syrup. If you want to DIY the simple syrup, boil water and sugar in a medium saucepan, and allow to cool before using.
Strawberry Southside Cocktail

How to Make the Strawberry Southside Cocktail

To make this delicious and refreshing mixed drink start by adding a cut-up strawberry and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker and gently muddle to break down and infuse these flavors. 

Next, add your preferred gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and ice to the cocktail shaker, and shake until the outside of the cocktail tin is chilled. Strain the mixture into a coupe glass. Lastly, garnish with a strawberry and mint sprig for a finished look. 
If you’re interested in making your own homemade simple syrup, I recommend making this first and allowing it to cool. Try this recipe here! P.S bottle up the simple syrup and keep it in your refrigerator for a few weeks.

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Strawberry Southside Cocktail

This Strawberry Southside Cocktail is a classic cocktail made with strawberries, mint, gin, simple syrup, and lime juice for an elevated riff.
Prep Time3 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Southside Cocktail


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler
  • Strainer
  • Coupe Glass


  • 1 strawberry plus more for garnish
  • 6 mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup


  • Add strawberry and mint leaves to a cocktail shaker and gently muddle.
  • Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup and ice to the shaker and shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a strawberry and mint sprig and enjoy!

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