Midori Cocktails

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Midori Cocktails

Midori Cocktails All Bartenders Should Know

We know what you’re thinking. What on earth is Midori? It’s an unusual little liqueur made of muskmelon, and is famous for its luminous bright green appearance. In fact, Midori – which means “green” in Japanese – is responsible for giving some signature cocktails a distinctive green look and sweet taste. It originated in the heyday of New York’s Studio 54, and is a fun, easy-drinking addition to any party.

Japanese Slipper

This is undoubtedly the most famous Midori cocktail. It’s sweet, flirty and ever-so retro. Fresh lemon juice is a crucial ingredient to this mix, as it takes the edge of the sugary-sweetness of the liqueur. Mix 30ml of lemon juice with 30ml Midori and 30ml triple sec. Shake all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a luscious maraschino cherry.

June Bug

You can’t get fruitier than this unique Asian-fusion brew. It’s a refreshing palate-cleanser, and works particularly well as an after-sushi treat. It also packs quite a punch. Shake together 30ml of Malibu rum, 60ml of Midori, 30ml banana liqueur and 500ml pineapple juice. Blend the ingredients vigorously so as to get some attractive foam from the pineapple juice –about thirty seconds of continuous shaking will do the trick. Then, strain the drink into a chilled Hurricane glass and garish with a cherry and pineapple slice.

Melon Ball

This fruity highball is the perfect way to kick off a party. Pour 60ml of vodka, 30ml of Midori and 90ml of pineapple juice into a Collins glass. Stir together, and garnish with a pineapple slice or cherry.

Japanese Iced Tea

Be warned: this is a strong cocktail that matches the notoriety if its cousin from Long Island. It consists of four white spirits: vodka, gin, rum and tequila. Triple sec, which usually appears in the Long Island Iced Tea, is replaced with Midori. Also, instead of topping the whole mixture off with cola, choose lemonade to bring out the uplifting green hue of the Midori. Don’t forget to add sour mix! Note that by the end of the third round, you’ll probably be speaking Japanese!

Squashed Frog

Okay, we’re cheating a little with this one. A squashed frog isn’t a cocktail – it’s a shooter. But, it’s still plenty of fun. It is made up of Midori and Advocaat, a bright yellow Dutch liqueur made from eggs, sugar, brandy, spices, honey and vanilla. Pour 15ml of Midori and 15ml of Advocaat into a shot glass – try to achieve a layered look. Then, gently add a dash of red grenadine along the side of the shot glass. The grenadine should sink to the bottom. The end result should consist of three layers of liqueur: starting with grenadine, then the Advocaat, followed by the Midori. The affect, of course, resembles that of, well, a squashed frog.

Midori Sour

We’re not leaving this one out! The Midori Sour is a popular cocktail that combines the tartness of whiskey sour mix with the unassuming sweetness of Midori. Pour 30ml of Midori into a short glass with 30ml of whiskey sour mix. Stir together vigorously, and then top off with Sprite. Don’t forget the all-important garnish, consisting of not one, but two red maraschino cherries.