|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||12%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||24%|
|Total Carbohydrate 89g||32%|
|Dietary Fiber 21g||73%|
|Total Sugars 40g|
|Vitamin C 428mg||2,140%|
|*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.|
The Midori sour is a fun and easy retro cocktail. Created sometime in the 1970s, this is one of the best-known mixed drinks to use the melon liqueur. It's a refreshing and stunning green cocktail that's incredibly simple to make at home. Enjoy it for happy hour, or drink it as a thirst-quenching beverage on a warm spring or summer afternoon in the sun. Its unique green color also makes this a fun Halloween party drink.
There are several ways to make a Midori sour. It's most often served as a sweet and sour tall mixed drink topped with club soda. Some recipes use sour mix, several skip the vodka, and others serve it as a martini-style drink without the soda. Despite these variations, the one constant is the bright green liqueur known as Midori. It's a premium liqueur and the most famous melon-flavored liqueur on the market, so it's also easy to find at liquor stores.
The Midori sour requires no special bar tools; just build and stir the drink in the serving glass. When playing with variations and alternative ingredients, remember that Midori is very sweet. To maintain a balance of flavor, you want to keep any additional sweeteners (whether a sour mix or soda) in check. While the lemon garnish is nice, you can also add a cherry garnish for a quick pop of color.
"This might be the most ‘grown up’ use of Midori in a cocktail. This recipe highlights the melon liqueur in such a subtle and responsible way. Cutting the overt sweetness with lemon and lime adds acidity to an otherwise syrupy concoction. The soda water pops along the palate while the rest of the flavors waltz to perfection." —Sean Johnson
Gather the ingredients.
In a collins glass filled with ice, pour the melon liqueur, vodka, and lemon and lime juices.
Stir well for about 20 seconds.
Top with club soda.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.
- To make a ready-to-serve pitcher of Midori sours, increase the ingredients in proportion to the number of servings needed. For instance, to serve six people, mix nine ounces (1 1/8 cups) of melon liqueur, six ounces (3/4 cup) of vodka, and three ounces each of the lemon and lime juices in a pitcher. Keep chilled, then pour about 3 1/2 ounces of the juice mix over ice into each glass before topping it off with chilled club soda and adding the garnish.
- When you want a more relaxed mixed drink, skip the vodka entirely to reduce the ABV.
- Replace the lemon and lime juices with a homemade sour mix. When mixed with the melon liqueur, this citrus-flavored syrup can create a drink that's too sweet, so pour just 1/2 to 3/4 ounce of sour mix.
- For a subtly sweeter cocktail, switch from club soda to lemon-lime soda or ginger ale.
- Give the Midori sour a quick twist by pouring tequila instead of vodka.
- If you prefer a martini version, try the Grinch recipe which uses melon liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
How Strong Is the Midori Sour?
Even with a shot of 80-proof vodka, the soda ensures that the Midori sour is a relatively low-proof cocktail. Typically, this drink mixes up to an alcohol content of around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). It's similar to drinking a glass of wine, though definitely fruitier and more refreshing and colorful.