This Midori Sour recipe has a hint of melon and citrus topped off with a few bubbles. It’s easy to make at home and a fun drink to serve at the holidays and parties.
This Midori sour cocktail brings me back to my collage days. The color and the taste are just so fun!
Why this Midori drink works
- Beautiful, bright and fun color along with a tasty sweet and sour flavor. This drink is great for the holidays, especially Christmas and St. Patrick’s day.
- Don’t need a shaker for this cocktail, just give it a stir.
- Can be made into a large batch in a pitcher for a crowd.
What is in a Midori Sour?
Ice – You will want to serve this drink cold.
Midori – A bright, melon flavored liqueur. This came from Japan and Midori means green in Japanese.
Midori melon liqueur was introduced in 1978, (one year before I was born), and quickly became a huge hit.
Vodka – Use your favorite brand.
Sour mix – This can be found at most liquor stores or at the grocery store.
Fresh lemon and lime juice – This adds a nice citrus flavor to the drink.
Lemon lime soda – Use something like Sprite or you can also use soda water.
Maraschino cherries – Used for garnish and color.
How to make a Midori Sour
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- Ice: Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour: Start by pouring in sour mix. Next add in vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, Midori and top with the lemon lime soda.
- Stir: Give the drink a gentle stir to combine.
- Garnish: Garnish with cherry and or lime wedge.
- Serve: Serve while cold. I prefer a short glass for these cocktails but they could also be poured into a taller glass or a martini glass.
Can this be made into a big batch cocktail?
Yes, you can make this drink for more than one person. Add ice to a pitcher and multiply the ingredients by how many servings you would like.
- If you don’t want a strong drink, add more soda. If you would like it stronger, reduce the soda and add a little extra Midori.
- For a little variation, try adding a splash of orange juice instead of lemon juice.
- You could also serve by adding ingredients to a shaker and pour into a martini glass.
How to store
Midori can be stored in a cool dark place. It does not need to be refrigerated. The shelf life is about a year once opened.
What else can you make with Midori?
Have leftover melon liqueur? Try mixing with some of these options:
- Ginger beer
- Orange juice
- Malibu rum & pineapple juice
- White rum
More cocktail recipes
- Cinnamon toast crunch shot – Made with Rumchata, this tastes just like the cereal.
- Blushing mimosa – A classic mimosa with a twist.
- Strawberry mimosa – Made with frozen strawberries and bubbly.
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- 2 oz Midori
- 1 oz vodka
- 2 oz sour mix
- 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 oz lemon lime soda
- Fill a glass with ice. Pour in sour mix, vodka, lime juice, lemon juice, Midori and soda. Stir to combine.
- Garnish and serve.