Mix up a classic Midori Sour that’s full of fresh sweet & sour flavors and plenty of melon for a great summer night! Make one or a pitcher!
Why We Love a Midori Sour Cocktail
- The sweet honeydew melon taste of Midori puts everyone in a great mood so it’s great for sipping on the patio. I love them on St. Patrick’s Day for the color, but it’s a perfectly refreshing cocktail during summer too!
- The fresh squeezed lemon and lime in this drink makes a huge difference, so forget about that one time you had a Midori Sour at a dive bar, this one tastes ahhh-mazing.
- Shake this cocktail up just for one or make a big pitcher ahead of time for everyone coming over.
Midori Sour Ingredients
MIDORI: Midori is a Japanese melon liqueur and is available in a small 325mL or a larger 750mL size bottle, so you can choose which size will work best for how many drinks you will be serving.
VODKA: You will also need vodka to make this cocktail so pick up your favorite good-quality brand.
CITRUS: For a really amazing drink, do yourself a favor and use fresh squeezed lemons and limes for this drink! If you don’t want to juice the citrus ( or if you’re making this by the pitcher and squeezing all of those lemons may take a lot of time) you can use a premade sweet and sour mix.
SODA: Bring the bubbles to the party by adding your favorite lemon-lime soda to this drink.
GARNISH: What’s a great drink without a little cherry on top? You can pick either stem-on or stemless maraschino cherries.
How to Make a Midori SourJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Fill half of a cocktail shaker with ice and then add the Midori, vodka, lime juice, and lemon juice.
STEP 2 Shake the cocktail shaker well. Pour the drink into a rocks glass filled with ice.
STEP 3 Top things off with a little with lemon-lime soda and garnish the drink with a maraschino cherry (or two) and enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
- The freshly squeezed juices really bring brightness to the drink and balance out the liqueur and soda. But don’t worry, using a premade sweet and sour mix will still make a delicious cocktail. You can also make your own sweet and sour mix at home.
- If you are using a premade sweet and sour mix, or just want to cut down on the sweetness of the drink, you can swap out the soda for lemon-lime flavored sparkling water, club soda, or seltzer water. Do not use tonic water.
- To make a pitcher of Midori Sours ahead of time, combine the Midori, vodka, lemon, and lime juices in a pitcher, stir and refrigerate. When you’re ready to mix drinks, simply pour the cocktail base into ice-filled glasses and top them with soda and a cherry.
- Keeping the ingredients for this drink in the refrigerator will help keep the cocktails chilled and cut down on how much the ice melts. (AKA no watered-down drinks!)
- Don’t have a cocktail shaker? No problem! Use a mason jar with a lid to shake up a drink or simply stir everything together in a glass.
Midori Sour Recipe FAQ
What kind of alcohol is Midori?
Midori is a green, sweet, melon-flavored liqueur from Japan that came to the US in the late 1970s. Midori is a blend of grain alcohol, brandy, and sugar. Typically, Midori is mixed into drinks, such as Midori Sour or Tokyo Tea, and not consumed on its own.
Can you get drunk from Midori?
Midori is not as strong as other spirits coming in at 21% ABV (42 proof), as opposed to vodka, tequila, and rum at 40% ABV (80 proof). But since it does contain alcohol, yes, if enough is consumed then you could get drunk from Midori. Combining Midori with other spirits is sure to get the job done more quickly, however.
How long does an open bottle of Midori last?
As with most liquors, an open bottle will last for a year or two years at most. Check the color and flavor on older, opened bottles before mixing up drinks with them. If you know you won’t be going through a bottle of something, Midori or other spirits, in a year’s time then stick to buying smaller bottles.
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- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Pour the Midori, vodka, lime juice, and lemon juice into the shaker. Cover and shake vigorously until chilled.
- Strain into a rock glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnish with a cherry. Serve immediately.
- You can substitute sweet and sour mix for fresh juice if desired.
- Swap out soda for lemon-lime sparkling water, soda water, or seltzer water for a less sweet cocktail.
- Cocktails for a crowd: Pour 1 1/2 cups of Midori, 1 cup of vodka, 1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice, and 1 cup fresh lemon juice into a pitcher. Stir to combine. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, fill glasses with ice, pour in the cocktail base, top with a splash of lem0n-lime soda and garnish with a cherry.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.