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This cocktail is an Employees Only variation of the famous South Side cocktail, first served in the 1920s at the New York speakeasy Jack & Charlie's--now known as the 21 Club. We replaced the gin with Meyer lemon-infused vodka to achieve a more balanced, subtler concoction. It is by far the most popular cocktail served at Employees Only and lends itself naturally to being enjoyed in the sun.

  • 2 fl. oz. Charbay Meyer lemon vodka
  • 1 fl. oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 fl. oz. simple syrup
  • 3-finger pinch fresh mint leaves
  • 1 splash club soda

Put the vodka, juice, syrup, and mint in a mixing glass. Add large cold ice cubes and shake vigorously. Open the shaker and add the club soda. Use a julep strainer to strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Photo: John Kernick © 2010

Reprinted with permission from Speakeasy: Classic Cocktails Reimagined, from New York's Employees Only Bar by Jason Kosmas & Dushan Zaric, copyright © 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

A likeable drink. Easy to make. Interested in trying it with another lemon flavored vodka- the Charbay vodka was "different" and left everyone scratching their head as to what exactly the unexpected flavor is. Will definitely try again.

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