Midori Sour

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This Midori Sour recipe has a hint of melon and citrus topped off with a few bubbles. This bright green drink is easy to make at home and a fun drink to serve at the holidays and parties.

A few of our other favorite cocktails are this Malibu Sunset, Malibu Bay Breeze and Lemon Drop

Midori Sour in glass with cherry


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 green 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 liqueur – 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. 

bottle of midori, bowl of cherries, lemon, lime and glass with vodka

How to make a Midori Sour

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  1. Ice: Fill the glass with ice.
  2. Pour: Start by pouring in sour mix. Next add in vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, Midori and top with the lemon lime soda. 
  3. Stir: Give the drink a gentle stir to combine.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with cherry and or lime wedge. 
  5. 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.
glass with ice, sour mix, vodka, lemon juice, Midori and soda

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.  

Recipe tips

  • 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 cocktails 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
Midori Sour in glass

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Glass with green drink and a cherry.
5 from 4 votes

Midori Sour

By Heather
Midori Sour cocktail.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 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.


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Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin C: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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