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May 22, 2008

So I tried a Southside ...

Memories were made last night.

As promised, I, Sam Sessa, downed my very first Southside -- just before the stroke of midnight.

Why so late?

It took me that long just to find the right liquor to put in George Lee's famous mix.

We were out of normal rum and club soda.

And we were out of amaretto, which is what Roommate Patchen usually puts in his.

So, as a last resort, I dug up a bottle of Bacardi 151 and added a shot of that, three or four shots of mix and ice.

Then I took a sip ...

It was awesome.


It looked like muddy water and tasted like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.


Seriously though, I was surprised at how complex it tasted.

There's a slightly sour, citrus tang from the lime, a rolling minty sweetness and a rum kicker. It really worked my palette (do tongues sweat?).

I'd buy more of the mix if it weren't a whopping $20 per quart.


But lemme tell ya, if Patchen brings more of the mix around, I'm going to shark some for myself.

(Photos by me) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:31 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Random stuff


where can you get the mix?

Yes please do tell! Must try!

151? What? Were you peeling wall paper or testing jets before you settled in for this Southside with that poison?

In college, I drank some 151. The night ended with me whirling around, pretending I was a helicopter...and if legend is correct, I had misplaced my pants.


At a fairwell luncheon my friends took me to a Chinese restaurant on 19th Street in DC and we all had those huge rum drinks served in a boat. The bartender (being funny, I guess) made the drinks with 151 proof rum. We all (about 8 of us) had 3 each and when we staggered back to the office we were speaking in tongues. My boss said if I wasn't already leaving he'd fire me. Someone called the restaurnat and told the manager and the bartender got fired. Guess he never heard of alcohol poisoning. LOL

I think you can get George's mix at Grauls or someplace called Yoicks out in Butler. Everytime my brother's in town, he picks up a couple of bottles from George himself! That stuff is wicked good!

Of course if you're a member of the GSVHC, you can get the mix there.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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