The classic citrus-and-mint Southside cocktail is elevated to another plane of flavor through the inclusion of fresh cucumber.
2 oz. gin
1 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
8 mint leaves
2 slices cucumber
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer
Garnish: thin slice of cucumber
Lightly muddle the cucumber and mint leaves in a shaker. Add the liquid ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. Float the garnish on top of drink.