The Refreshing Lawnmower Cocktail

The Lawnmower cocktail is an interesting combination. It’s one of those drinks that often has to grow on a person, though some people love it right off the bat.

The main flavors are melon, lemon-lime, and some fruity notes. The marrying ingredient is dry vermouth. That is, the dry vermouth’s herbal notes are what unexpectedly make the whole thing work.

Lawnmower cocktail with lime wedge

History and Origins

The exact origins of the Lawnmower Cocktail are unknown. The cocktail’s color is said to evoke the image of freshly cut grass on a warm summer day, reflecting its refreshing and invigorating nature.

It’s refreshing like a summer day. And it’s probably also a great cocktail to have after mowing the lawn.

The Ingredients

The key to crafting the perfect Lawnmower Cocktail lies in the careful selection of ingredients. The combination of Midori, Southern Comfort, dry vermouth, and 7-Up or Sprite creates a symphony of flavors that is both tasty and invigorating. Let’s take a closer look at each component:


Midori, a vibrant green-hued melon liqueur, serves as the cornerstone of the Lawnmower Cocktail, providing a luscious and sweet melon flavor that forms the cocktail’s distinctive base.

Southern Comfort:

This whiskey-based liqueur adds a subtle touch of warmth and depth to the cocktail, balancing the sweetness of the Midori with its rich and smooth notes.

Dry Vermouth:

The addition of dry vermouth brings a hint of herbal complexity to the mix, elevating the overall flavor profile of the cocktail.

7-Up or Sprite:

The use of 7-Up or Sprite contributes a sparkling and effervescent quality to the Lawnmower Cocktail, enhancing its refreshing appeal.

Serving and Presentation

The striking green color is as interesting as the drink’s taste. This drink should be served in highball glasses to showcase its color and effervescence.

You can add a slice of lime or a wedge of honeydew melon as a garnish to provide a hint of the Midori flavor.

Pairing and Enjoyment

This drink pairs exceptionally well with many dishes and cuisines. Its refreshing and fruity profile makes it a good match for light salads, seafood dishes, and grilled fare.

Its refreshing carbonation and sweetness make it an ideal choice for brunch gatherings or afternoon parties.

Lawnmower cocktail with lime wedge

Lawnmower Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces Midori
  • 1 ounce Southern Comfort
  • 2 teaspoons dry vermouth
  • 4 ounces 7-up or Sprite


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Midori, Southern Comfort, and dry vermouth to the shaker.
  3. Shake the ingredients vigorously to chill the mixture.
  4. Strain the contents into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top off the glass with 7-Up or Sprite.
  6. Gently stir to combine all the elements.
  7. Garnish with a slice of lime or a wedge of honeydew melon for an extra touch of elegance.

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Last Updated:

November 14, 2023