Japanese Slipper Cocktail

Japanese Slipper Cocktail recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1158 Calories
11g Fat
254g Carbs
16g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 1158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 254g 92%
Dietary Fiber 21g 75%
Total Sugars 227g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 476mg 2,378%
Calcium 167mg 13%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 5961mg 127%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Japanese slipper is a fabulous cocktail that's light on the alcohol and packed with fruity flavor. If you're looking for a fun green drink with a wonderful taste that mixes up in just a few minutes, it's an ideal recipe.

This is one of the most popular signature cocktails for Midori, that magical, electric green liqueur that offers the sweet taste of melons. It's paired with Cointreau for a hint of orange, and the sweetness of the two is offset with the tart taste of fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

Since all three ingredients are poured equally, you will have no problem remembering how to mix up a Japanese slipper. And, you will want to do just that! It's a captivating drink that is perfect for so many occasions, including spring and summer, or anytime you simply want a short, fruity drink.


  • 1 ounce melon liqueur

  • 1 ounce premium triple sec

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • Honeydew melon slice or ball, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Japanese Slipper Cocktail ingredients

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the melon and orange liqueurs and lemon juice.

    Japanese Slipper Cocktail ingredients in a shaker with ice

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  3. Shake well.

    metal shaker

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Japanese Slipper Cocktail in a martini glass

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  5. Garnish with a honeydew melon slice or ball. Serve and enjoy.

    Japanese Slipper Cocktail with honeydew melon garnish

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck


  • Fresh lemon juice is highly recommended. The average lemon yields about 1 3/4 ounces of juice, so one fruit is more than enough for a single drink.
  • The garnish can vary. Honeydew melon plays up Midori's flavoring (it's made with Yubari king melon and musk melon), and Midori's official recipe recommends a maraschino cherry. A slice of lemon or lime is a nice option as well.

Recipe Variations

  • Make this drink as tall as you like. For instance, you can double the recipe and serve it in a larger cocktail glass or on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. Top that with a lightly flavored soda in a highball glass for a refreshing, sparkling drink.
  • Lime juice is sometimes used as a substitute for the lemon juice.
  • Some drinkers prefer to replace the Cointreau with vodka. To retain a hint of extra flavor, pour a citrus vodka.
  • Tequila is another option and that variation is typically paired with lime juice (if you add sour mix, you'll have a melon margarita).

Why Is It Called a Japanese Slipper?

Midori is a Japanese liqueur, produced by Suntory and flavored with the country's famous melons. The brand name also means "green" in Japanese. Since it is the key ingredient to the cocktail and a comforting, lovely mix, the name Japanese slipper is rather fitting. It's said that the recipe was created by Jean-Paul Bourguignon at Mietta's Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. That was in 1984, just a few years after Midori was first released. It's hard to argue that this cocktail, which is seen as a modern classic, helped propel the liqueur to the fame it enjoys today.

How Strong Is a Japanese Slipper?

Liqueurs tend to be lighter than liquors like vodka and whiskey, but that's not the case with Cointreau (or its orange-flavored counterpart, Grand Marnier). It's bottled at 80 proof, so the Japanese slipper is not as light as you might expect—it's not bad, though. This drink will mix up to 17 percent ABV (34 proof) or so, making it one of the lighter martini-style cocktails around.