Dark Rum Southsides

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 drinks
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12 large mint leaves plus 4 large sprigs

1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 limes)

1/2 cup simple syrup (see Cook's Note)

1 cup dark rum, such as Mount Gay

1 cup ice, plus extra for serving

1 1/2 cups sparkling water, such as San Pellegrino, chilled

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Put the mint leaves and 2 of the lime wedges in a large cocktail shaker and muddle them with a muddler or a long-handled wooden spoon. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, rum, and ice and stir 40 times with a long-handled swiveling cocktail spoon or the wooden spoon. Add the sparkling water and salt and stir well.
  2. For each drink, fill a low cocktail glass half full with ice, add a mint sprig and a wedge of lime, and pour over the cocktail mixture. Stir and serve ice cold.

Cook’s Note

For this recipe, Ina used a simple syrup made from a 2 to 1 ratio of sugar to water.

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