This classic South Side cocktail has been altered to its sister drink across the pond, I’m calling the English Side cocktail.
This drink is paired with Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte published in 1847 under the pseudonym Currer Bell.
I’m new to the drink and to the book. During the grocery shopping panic, I made the quick decision to buy extra wine and some gin. Gin is my go-to. I enjoy a good gin and tonic with extra lime- especially on a warm day.
With the days getting warmer and my back patio calling my name, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a gin drink. Unfortunately, my book and cocktail bible did not include a gin and tonic. However, I did find something similar and easy to make during quarantine.
How to make an English Side cocktail: ingredients include 8 sprigs of mint, 2 ounces of English gin, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar, and 2 dishes of orange bitters. Add all ingredients to a shaker, fill with ice, and shake well. Strain into glass and enjoy!
If you haven’t had dinner yet, like me, and/or are not used to drinking cocktails (like me), then I’d recommend using only 1 ounce of gin. As much as I like gin, I like not getting headaches more. But overall, it a great drink to cool off after a day full of Zoom meetings.
These ingredients were easy to find during the quarantine and I had some already in my fridge. I had a moment of weakness with the pandemic and starting a new job that retail therapy told me to buy a cocktail shaker. With an untold future ahead of us at least I’ll be more equipped to make cocktails!