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A Prohibition-Era Cocktail Gem In Honor of “Gangster’s Gold”


In honor of a new Empire State-sized episode of Secrets of the Dead, enjoy this Prohibition-era cocktail gem while watching treasure hunters search for the long-lost riches of notorious gangster Dutch Schultz when Gangster’s Gold premieres Wednesday, November 18 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app.

The Southside

Serving: 1 drink


Glassware: Martini glass or cocktail coupe

Cocktail shaker

Hawthorne strainer

Fine strainer


2 ounces gin

6 fresh mint leaves, plus additional leaves for garnish

¾ ounce *simple syrup (or 1-ounce elderflower syrup)

¾ ounce fresh lime juice

3 drops cocktail bitters


  1. Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add ice, then remaining ingredients to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake ingredients well.
  4. Double strain with both a Hawthorne and fine strainer into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a floating mint leaf and enjoy!


Simple syrup recipe


1 cup sugar

1 cup water


  1. Combine ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Stir, making sure sugar dissolves.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Turn off flame and let it cool down.
  5. Place syrup into a glass bottle and place in fridge. Will last up to three weeks.



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