Muddle lemon wedges and mint, drop in ice cubes optionally, pour in cold Mountain Dew, top with Southern Comfort, stir and enjoy your cocktail drink.
I first mixed this drink oh, so many years ago. Based on the logo on the Southern Comfort bottle, that would make it 2010 or earlier (the plantation artwork was removed in 2010 as part of a re-branding). No recipe was ever posted because I thought the photos looked bad. Too orange, too stark…
But I’ve learned a few photo editing tricks from the professional photographer in the family since. Sam has given me hints here and there over the years and, when I saw the photos buried in my files, I knew enough to neutralize the too-warm tones with filters. Voila! Decent photos.
Mixing the drink is simple enough.
Take a lemon, cut it into wedges and throw it into a glass with a handful of mint leaves (lemon mint works especially well). Because Mountain Dew is already sweet, adding sugar or simple syrup is optional. Muddle the lemon and mint together.
Pour in ice-cold Mountain Dew (add ice cubes if you forgot to chill it) and top that with Southern Comfort.
I like a ratio of 2:1 — two parts Mountain Dew with one part Southern Comfort. But that’s me. You can use more or less of either to suit your taste.
Mix everything together and your drink is ready to be enjoyed.
But why did I mix this Southern Comfort and Mountain Dew cocktail drink to begin with? No special reason most likely other than having a bottle of Southern Comfort, a bottle of Mountain dew, some lemons and whole lot of fresh mint from the garden. Perhaps, I wanted to make Southern Hurricane, had no grenadine so I concocted a drink with mojito (my all-time favorite cocktail drink) as an inspiration.
But as I read about the two main ingredients in this drink, I realized just how well suited they are with each other.
Southern Comfort is a whiskey-based liqueur flavored with spices and fruits. Story has it that a bartender named Martin Wilkes “M.W” Heron was so sick of the inconsistency of the quality of whiskey coming in from Tennessee and Kentucky that he decided to “create a whiskey-based drink with a consistent flavor.” The exact original recipe is still a secret but that recipe has been modified since its creation in 1874.
Meanwhile, Mountain Dew, originally created as a cocktail mixer, has a distinct orange-y flavor.
So, take a liqueur made with fruits and spices, combine it with a fruit-based soft drink, mix the two with more fruit and some mint for a brighter flavor, and… how can you go wrong with that?
Southern Comfort and Mountain Dew Cocktail
- 1/2 to 1 lemon depending on how tart you like your drink
- 1 small handful fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup (optional)
- 1/2 cup Mountain Dew ice-cold
- 1/4 cup Southern Comfort
Cut the lemon into wedges.
Place the lemon in a large glass (a mason jar is great!), throw in the mint and, optionally, add sugar or simple syrup. Muddle them together.
If your Mountain Dew is not ice-cold or if you want a diluted drink, drop a couple of ice cubes into the glass.
Pour in the Mountain Dew followed by the Southern Comfort. Or, reverse the order. It doesn't matter which one goes in first, really.
Mix everything together.