The highly anticipated film, The Great Gatsby, opens this weekend. It's set during the Roaring Twenties when jazz, flapper culture and bootlegging were all part of the glitz and glam of American life. Celebrate the opening of this movie and take a step back in time with a Prohibition-era cocktail… The South Side. A combination of gin, lemon and mint that will have you ready to dance the night away!

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the novel The Great Gatsby. The story takes place in 1922, during a period of time in American history known as the Roaring Twenties. The story highlights the decadence of the jazz era when money was flowing like water.

But the buzz right now is all about the movie remake of the novel. Produced by Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby film features big names actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. This movie is all about the glitz and glam of an exciting period of time — not to mention, the love story between Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It's definitely a must-watch film this weekend!

To celebrate the opening of this highly anticipated movie, it's only right to drink a Prohibition-era cocktail. There are many different stories about where this drink originated. Some say it was created in New York at the 21 Club while others say that it came from the South Side of Chicago. Regardless of its origins, it's the perfect refreshment for opening weekend of The Great Gatsby.

The South Side cocktail

Serves 1


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon or lime
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar or simple syrup to taste
  • Soda water
  • Ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle fresh mint leaves, fresh squeezed lemon juice and sugar or simple syrup.
  2. Add the gin with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  4. Strain into a rocks or highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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