Lawnmower Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Lawnmower cocktail is a refreshing, summery drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot day. It was created by bartenders who wanted to capture the essence of a freshly mowed lawn in a glass. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy fresh, green, and herbal flavors.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Popularity: Popular during summer
  • Ideal for: Those who enjoy fresh and herbal flavors

How Lawnmower Tastes?

The Lawnmower is a delightfully fresh cocktail with a strong herbal flavor. It has a light sweetness that is balanced by the tartness of the lime. The gin adds a nice complexity to the drink, making it a refreshing and invigorating cocktail.

Interesting facts about Lawnmower

  • The Lawnmower is named after the fresh, green smell of a newly mowed lawn.
  • It's a perfect cocktail for hot summer days.
  • The combination of fresh herbs and lime makes it a very refreshing drink.


A few good options for Lawnmower are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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2 oz of gin provide the alcoholic base and juniper flavor to the cocktail. Not enough gin and you lose the kick; too much and you might mow down your taste buds! Alternatives include vodka if you prefer a less botanical taste.

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Lime Juice

1 oz of lime juice adds acidity and freshness, giving that lawn-like zest. Less lime juice can make the drink too sweet, whereas more can turn it mouth-puckeringly sour. Consider using lemon juice for a different kind of citrus twist.

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Sugar Syrup

0.5 oz sugar syrup is the sweet balance to your tart lime. Too little and the drink could be sharp, but too much could turn your refined cocktail into a saccharine mess! Honey syrup could be swapped for a more floral sweetness.

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Fresh Mint Leaves

10 fresh mint leaves bring a cool and refreshing note to the mix. Without it, you might miss the fragrant breeze of a freshly trimmed lawn. No mint? Try spearmint or even peppermint for variety, but expect different levels of intensity!

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Fresh Basil Leaves

10 fresh basil leaves bring a slightly peppery, sweet edge. Basil’s absence would be like a lawn without flowers – still green, but less interesting. Swap with Thai basil for a bolder flavor if you dare!

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

Ice keeps everything chill, just like a shady tree on a sunny day. Lack of ice would yield a drink as warm as freshly churned compost – not ideal!

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Lawnmower Drink

  1. Muddle the mint and basil leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add the gin, lime juice, and sugar syrup to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lime.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the herbs gently to release their flavors without making them bitter.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: The herbaceous notes in the Lawnmower cocktail complement the variety of flavors found in cured meats and cheeses.
  • Grilled Vegetables: A platter of zesty grilled veggies would balance the freshness of the mint and basil.


  • Ceviche: The lime in the cocktail pairs wonderfully with the acidity and lightness of a fresh ceviche.
  • Sushi: Opt for lighter options like sashimi to keep the flavors aligned with this crisp drink.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A tart and sweet dessert can be a refreshing follow-up to the Lawnmower's zesty profile.

Other Drinks

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips and maintain hydration.

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What you could change in Lawnmower

  • Gin: You can substitute the gin with vodka for a lighter flavor.
  • Lime Juice: You can use lemon juice instead of lime juice for a different citrus flavor.

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Cucumber Lawnmower

  • Add several thin slices of cucumber during the muddling process.
  • The cucumber will add a fresh, spa-like quality, conjuring images of garden relaxation.

Spicy Lawnmower

  • Throw in a slice of jalapeño with the mint and basil leaves.
  • This will introduce a warming kick, for those who like their grass with a bit of bite.

Lawnmower on the Orchard

  • Swap out 1 oz of gin for calvados or apple brandy.
  • The apple tones will make this cocktail autumnally sweet, as if your lawn is covered with fallen, ripe apples.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lawnmower

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lawnmower

Can you suggest some other cocktails that use gin as a primary ingredient?

Certainly! Some other popular gin-based cocktails include the Classic Gin Martini, Negroni, and Tom Collins.

What type of gin is best for making a Lawnmower cocktail?

It's best to use a high-quality London Dry Gin for a Lawnmower cocktail. This will ensure a crisp and refreshing taste.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Lawnmower cocktail?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Lawnmower cocktail, known as a 'mocktail', by substituting the gin with non-alcoholic gin or cucumber juice.

If I don't like mint, can I use another herb instead?

Yes, you can swap out the mint for other green herbs that you prefer. Consider trying it with fresh basil or rosemary.

How did the Lawnmower cocktail get its name?

While the exact origins of its name are unknown beyond the first description, the Lawnmower likely gets its name due to the refreshing and grassy qualities it exhibits, contributing to its resemblance to a freshly mowed lawn.

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