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Midori Sour

midori sour drink

A great option if you are searching for a bright and refreshing drink is the Midori Sour. Midori is the primary component in this cocktail—a brilliant green, melon-flavored liqueur from Japan—it combines flavors that are sweet and acidic. It is a favorite at any party thanks to its distinctive hue and delectable flavor. It is so delicious and visually stunning that it astonishes and thrills everyone who tries it, which is why I adore promoting it.

Tasting Notes

The Midori Sour has the ideal ratio of acidity to sweetness. The Midori’s sweet melon flavor will hit you first, and then the lemon juice’s reviving citrus burst. The fizz that soda water gives to the drink enhances its enjoyment. It has a refreshing and fulfilling taste, akin to a summertime joy in a glass.

Equipment and Glassware

To make a Midori Sour, you’ll need a few basic tools:

  • Shaker: To mix the ingredients well and chill the drink.
  • Strainer: To ensure a smooth pour without any unwanted ice or fruit bits.
  • Jigger: For accurate measurement of the ingredients.
  • Glassware: A lowball glass is traditionally used for a Midori Sour, giving it a classic and elegant presentation.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. club soda

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add Midori melon liqueur, vodka, fresh lemon juice, and fresh lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to combine the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  5. Top it off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel or maraschino cherry, if desired.
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Pro Tips

  • The finest flavor comes from using fresh lemon juice. Compared to juice in a bottle, it makes a big difference.
  • Taste and adjust the simple syrup as needed. Add a bit of extra sugar if that is how you prefer it.
  • To keep your drink colder for longer, chill your glass beforehand.

When to Serve

For poolside get-togethers, summer celebrations, or any other occasion where you want something visually arresting and refreshing, the Midori Sour is ideal. It is a fantastic option if you want to surprise your friends with something unusual or for festivities.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Midori Sour, use the original Midori melon liqueur. It’s known for its quality and vibrant color. For the other components, choose a well-respected brand of vodka or rum if you wish to add a little extra kick to your drink, although it’s not necessary for the traditional recipe.

Similar Cocktails

If you enjoy the Midori Sour, here are five similar cocktails to try:

  • Melon Ball: A fruity blend of Midori, vodka, and orange juice.
  • Japanese Slipper: A mix of Midori, Cointreau, and lemon juice.
  • Tokyo Tea: A vibrant, electric green cocktail known for its potent mix of spirits and melon liqueur, topped with a splash of citrus soda.
  • Emerald Rain: Midori with vodka and a splash of lime juice.
  • Kiwi Martini: A twist on the classic martini with kiwi and Midori.

History

The Midori Sour first made a splash in the late 1970s after Midori was introduced at a famous New York City party. Its bright color and unique flavor quickly made it a favorite among cocktail lovers. Since then, it has become a classic, loved for its playful look and delicious taste.

midori sour drink

Midori Sour

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Midori melon liqueur
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz. club soda

Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add Midori melon liqueur, vodka, fresh lemon juice, and fresh lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to combine the ingredients.
  4. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  5. Top it off with club soda.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wheel or maraschino cherry, if desired.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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