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.
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.
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.
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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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