Many unconfirmed reports of this cocktail’s creation exist. Some believe it came from Chicago’s South Side during Prohibition; others think that it comes from the Southside Sportsmen’s Club on Long Island. Manhattan’s 21 Club also claims it as its own creation. There, they serve it long in a Collins glass over ice with a mint spring for garnish.
For the simple syrup, combine equal parts hot water and sugar in a resealable, airtight container and shake until all of the sugar dissolves. Refrigerated syrup keeps for 1 to 2 weeks.
Makes 1 drink
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for 15–20 seconds, or until frosted on the outside. Double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a mint leaf.
For an East Side, muddle a few cucumber slices with the mint and garnish with a fresh cucumber slice.
Substitute vodka or tequila for the gin.
Serve in a highball glass over fresh ice and top with club soda.
Add 1–2 dashes of absinthe to make the French Pearl cocktail.
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Very refreshing drink perfect for summer. We made a big batch and everyone enjoyed it.
Tybee Island, GA
Very refreshing -- not as sweet as a gimlet but still that great gin + lime combination!
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