A fun and brightly colored twist on a classic sour, the Midori Sour is a vibrant green melon flavored cocktail you are going to love.
The Midori Sour is a fun cocktail that has the perfect balance between sweetness and sourness.
This delicious melon liqueur features a candy-like base, balanced out with fresh citrus juices to brighten up the flavor combo.
Then, topped with club soda for a bubbly finish.
Everything About Midori Liqueur
Midori is a melon flavored Japanese liqueur invented in the 60’s and originally known as the “Hermes liqueur”.
Its vibrant and bright green color and sweet melon flavor makes for a very unique drink, especially for a St. Patrick’s Day drink.
It started gaining more and more popularity in the United States in the late 70’s. Where it was commercialized with its current name Midori, which actually means “green” in Japanese.
In the 80’s, it gained a sort of “viral” popularity and was an absolute hit in the cocktail world.
Considered a premium liqueur, its flavor comes from Japanese muskmelons infused into neutral grain spirits. Muskmelons are extremely rare and pricey in Japan.
Midori tastes very sweet, almost like a melon candy. And it’s usually mixed into cocktails, rather than consumed on its own.
It is definitely a very fun liqueur to have on hand and experiment with it!
What Is a Sour Cocktail?
Sour cocktails are a family of cocktails made with a base of liquor, a bitter component, and a sweetener.
So they have a very balanced flavor profile that goes between sweetness and sourness.
If you like these contrasting flavors, try our Amaretto Sour recipe also!
Ingredients Needed to Make a Midori Sour Cocktail
This cocktail is a very simple cocktail with not many ingredients. Plus, they’re all are very easy to get (aside from the Midori liqueur which is a bit more special).
Midori liqueur — The main ingredient in this recipe.
Fresh lime juice
Fresh lemon juice
Club soda or soda water — Optional but recommended: To add the bubbly fizzy finish to the cocktail!
It’s very important to use fresh juices, especially when it comes to citrus juice. Although bottled juice might be more convenient, nothing can beat the freshness and taste of freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice.
Like our Amaretto Sour recipe, this Midori Sour recipe does not call for simple syrup, which is common in sour cocktails.
And that’s because Midori liqueur is very sweet so this drink doesn’t need any more added sweetness. Instead, it calls for a sour mix to achieve the desired balance.
Useful Tools to Make the Midori Sour Cocktail
Almost no effort is involved in this cocktail, yet it has very satisfying results! To make a Midori Sour, you are going to need:
Tall glass (like a Collins glass) — Opt for a glass that allows for plenty of ice. One of the things I love about the Midori Sour Cocktail is that you can make it straight from the glass. This adds a layer of simplicity and easiness to the recipe when a shaker is not essential.
Optional: Cocktail shaker — If you wish to use one, mix all the ingredients, except the club soda. And then, give the mix the good old shake method.
Jigger — To measure the exact quantities of Midori liqueur and fresh juices. If you don’t have one, measure out the ingredients with spoons.
Lemon squeezer — To extract the beautiful fresh lemon and lime juices.
If you like this recipe, check out other similar cocktails below —
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- Easy Apple Cider Cocktail
- Sherry Berry Cocktail
- 24 Carrot Cocktail
Midori Sour Cocktail Recipe
- Cocktail shaker
- Lemon squeezer
- Tall glass
- 3 oz Midori liqueur
- 1.5 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 lime wedge for garnish
- Crushed ice preferably in big chunks
- Fill 3/4 of the glass with crushed ice (in big chunks preferably so it will not melt immediately).
- Squeeze the lemon and lime and reserve separately the juices. Optional: Strain them to avoid getting any fruit fiber in the final cocktail,
- Add the Midori liqueur to the glass.
- Add the lime and lemon juice.
- Top up with a splash of soda.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime sitting on top of the ice, or in the brim of the glass.
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