Midori: sweeter than sweet?

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Midori: sweeter than sweet?

Midori is well known to cocktail professionals and bartenders. Some really famous cocktail recipes are based on it although some people claim it to be too sweet. I must admit that Midori is one of the sweetest liqueurs but who ever told claims that sweet is bad. And of course, there are people who love sweeter than sweet...


Midori was launched in 1978 by the Japanese company called Suntory. Midori means green in Japanese. It is a clear green liqueur which is sold in its characteristic bottle. The main aroma comes from the melon which is not a common taste in the world of liqueurs and cocktails.

Color and taste

The green color is artificially added and is the trademark of the drink. Some say the color refers to the color of some melon types such as the cantaloupe or the galia although only the pulp is used for the production of Midori. Fact is that the taste is rather linked to the banana. It is sweet and thick as syrup and it has an alcohol percentage of 20%.

More than only cocktails

Midori is quite famous as an ingredient for cocktails but some chefs also use it desserts with fruits such as mango, pineapple, melon and passion fruit.

Serving tips

Midori is most of the times served mixed instead of pure. It fits really well with fruit juice, especially orange juice. Midori is also very well suited as in ingredient for a sour. For a Midori Sour you need to mix the Midori with lemon juice and some sugar syrup.

Midori is not only mixed with orange juice or served as a Midori Sour. Some other famous cocktails have Midori as their main ingredient.

Classic cocktails

The most famous cocktail based on Midori is the Melon Ball. This cocktails is based on Vodka, Midori and pineapple juice. The Melon Ball is really a classic in the cocktail world.

Another classic is the Melon State Ball which is a variation of the Melon Ball. The Melon State Ball is based on Vodka, Midori and orange juice (instead of the pineapple juice in the Melon Ball).

Something different

Midori is also used in some other cocktails which are not that known to the masses. We at magiccocktais.com suggest you to try the following Midori cocktails:

The Illusions cocktails is based on vodka and Midori. But that’s not all. Orange juice, Malibu and Blue Curaçao give it its particular taste.

The Paradise Fizz combines Midori with white Rum, soda, lime juice, icing sugar and some egg white.

Shots and shooters

Midori is no only used as an ingredient for cocktails. Also some famous shots and shooters are based on Midori. I selected the following shots and shooters for you.

  • The Alterate: a combination of pineapple juice, Midori and Crème de Cassis
  • The Broken Down Golf Cart: a mix of Midori, Cranberry juice and Amaretto
  • The Curtain Call: a deadly combination of Whiskey, Jägermeister and Midori
  • The Green Demon: the name says it all, Vodka, lemonade, Midori and Rum


Of course there is more to Midori than this. If you feel like we would be happy if your send us your Midori recipes via our cocktail uploader. We then put them online and link back to you.


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