Here are the top Midori cocktails to make with this Japanese melon liqueur! These bright green drinks are balanced to perfection.


Got a bottle of Midori, or wondering how to use it? This neon green Japanese liqueur was emblematic of drinks of the 1980’s: brightly colored and overly sweet. After going out of vogue for a while, now it’s back…and better than ever! There’s no need to amp the sugar on this one. Rely on its natural melon flavor and sweetness, and you can mix it into refreshingly crisp, sweet tart drinks.

Here are all the best Midori cocktails that make the most of this green melon liquor! It’s surprisingly refreshing when paired with real citrus or top shelf orange liqueur. Our spin on the classic Midori sour uses real lemon, lime and soda water: a far cry from the vodka and artificial sour mix of days gone by. Ready to get started?

And now…the top Midori cocktails to use up a bottle!

All about Midori

Want to know more about this tasty melon liqueur? Here’s its back story:

  • Midori is a bright green, honeydew melon-flavored Japanese liqueur. It was first released in 1964 with the name Hermes Melon Liqueur. When released in the US in 1978, the name changed to Midori, the Japanese word for green.
  • What does Midori taste like? It’s sweet, with a candy-like honeydew melon flavor.
  • How much does Midori cost? A small bottle (375 ml) costs around $15, and a large bottle (750 ml) is about $25-30.
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Midori sour

Midori Sour & More Midori Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make a Midori Sour, a bright green cocktail with a zingy melon flavor! Ditch the sour mix for this fresh homemade version.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) Midori
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) soda water, to top
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: cocktail cherry and lime slice (optional)


  1. Add the Midori, lime juice, lemon juice and ice to a low ball glass and stir. 
  2. Pour in the soda water. Add the garnishes and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Midori cocktails

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Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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