The Tokyo Tea is a cousin to that famously boozy and long-time favorite, the Long Island Iced Tea. A good helping of melon liqueur gives it a fresh green hue and is the basis for its name. The drink wasn’t invented in Tokyo, but this distinctive ingredient is Japanese all the way.
Japanese Midori melon liqueur is world-famous, made from Japanese grain spirits and their local muskmelon and yubari melon. This is the melon liqueur of choice and for good reason. There is no beating its smooth, fruity, and musky profile.
What is a Tokyo Tea Cocktail
This drink is sweet with just a hint of sourness. To achieve the right flavor, you can either use a store-bought sweet and sour mix or make your own version with fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
It doesn’t get any simpler or fresher, and you can control the ingredients precisely to your tastes. Making it yourself is also healthier, bypassing the artificial sweeteners and additives of bottled mixers. It’s always nice to know exactly what you’re putting into your body.
How to Make a Tokyo Tea Drink
Bottled or fresh, this drink has choice ingredients that make a truly scrumptious beverage. We love it for the delicious sweet melon overtones and slight tangy kick.
- 1/2 ounce melon liqueur
- 1/2 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce tequila
- 1/2 ounce rum
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce sweet-and-sour mix, store-bought OR
- 1 ounce homemade sweet and sour (juice of 1 lime, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup water)
- 1 splash club soda
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Add all the alcoholic ingredients into a highball glass
- Add your choice of sweet and sour mix
- Drop in a few cubes of ice and stir well
- Add a lashing of club soda
- Finish with a slice of lemon and a cherry on top
There you have it! A fresh and fruity green treat of a drink, with a twist of lemon and lime, and a sweetness that makes it oh so easy to have just one more. Now you can impress all your friends with a new cocktail recipe for drinks out on the lawn.