What a wonderful world

Born in New Orleans, mentored in Chicago, a citizen of the world.  In 1971, Louis Armstrong departed this world leaving an long, clear musical note on our hearts.

In honor of ole Louis, throw on some jazz and mix up one of his favorite drink, the Southside.  We like our cocktails with a little bit of mixer, so we give you, the Southside Fizz.  While you put your libation together, enjoy the live version of What a Wonderful World from 1967.


2 oz. dry gin
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. superfine sugar (or use simple syrup)
8–10 mint leaves
Chilled club soda
Glass: highball
Tools: muddler, barspoon, shaker, strainer, tea strainer
Garnish: mint sprig

What to do with them:

Place mint leaves in shaker and gently muddle. Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar, and stir to dissolve. Fill the shaker with large pieces of ice and shake gently—to keep from pulverizing the mint—for about 10 seconds. Double-strain into a highball glass filled with large cubes or an ice spear. Top with chilled club soda. Garnish. Drink



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