How to Make a Perfect Midori Sour

Make everyone green with envy with how you’ve perfected the Midori Sour, a vibrant, refreshing cocktail.

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You can thank the Japanese for this perfect concoction of sweet and sour. Midori (the Japanese word for “green”) is a liqueur made with muskmelon and Yubari (a type of cantaloupe). Although it sounds delicious straight, trust me: you’ll want to add some sour mix to balance the sweetness.

The first time I tried it was at a St. Patrick’s Day party. I figured the drink would be some bland mix spiked with green food coloring for the occasion. Boy, was I wrong! If you like the sweet taste of melon balanced with a kick of sour, you’ll love this drink. Naturally, it’s become my go-to drink for St. Patrick’s Day—and it’s a fun cocktail to serve at Christmas, too. But I also like to whip up a Midori Sour year-round. It’s a great companion to serve along with Watermelon Margaritas or Mango Margaritas, and its bright color punches up any party.

Why You Will Love This Cocktail Recipe

The Midori Sour is fun and easy, perfect for special occasions or an evening on the patio, chilling with friends. Not to mention it’s delicious!

How to Make a Perfect Midori Sour ingredients
Servings 1
5 minutes


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Jigger or measuring tool
  • Long spoon or swizzle stick


  • 1.5 oz Midori
  • 1 oz Sweet and sour mix
  • 2 oz Sprite or 7-Up or any lemon-lime soda
  • Maraschino cherries and orange slices: garnish


  • Start by placing the Midori and the sweet-sour mix into a cocktail shaker.
  • Introduce some ice into this mix in the shaker, secure its lid, and shake it vigorously until you achieve a well-mixed cocktail.
    Midori Step 2
  • Take a glass that is half filled with ice, and strain your cocktail mix into it.
    Midori Step 3
  • Top it off with the lemon-lime soda till you fill up the glass.
    Midori Step 4
  • Stir the contents briefly to mix them up.
  • Finally, embellish your cocktail with a cherry and an orange slice.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.01mg

Tips & Tricks for a Perfect Midori Sour

  1. Chill your ingredients before you start mixing.
  2. Give the mix a vigorous shake: you should have a frothy top when you’re done.
  3. Pour the soda slowly to prevent fizzing over and stir gently to mix.
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What kind of glass should I use?

An old-fashioned glass is perfect! But don’t limit yourself; you can use whatever you have on hand.

What are some ways to garnish the drink?

Traditionally, you could use a cherry and an orange slice, but it can be fun to add a paper umbrella or a sprig of mint. Go wild!

Can I mix in other alcohols to my Midori Sour?

While a classic Midori Sour is made with Midori, you could try a shot of vodka or maybe a splash of coconut rum. Just remember to keep it balanced.

Can I make my own sweet-and-sour mix?

Try this easy recipe for a sweet-and-sour mix to elevate this amazing cocktail!

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Midori Sour Variations Worth Trying

  1. Low-Carb Midori Sour: Use a sugar-free sweet-and-sour mix, soda water, and a low-carb sweetener.
  2. Virgin Midori Sour: Replace Midori with melon-flavored syrup.
  3. Midori Sour Slushie: Blend the ingredients with a generous amount of ice.
  4. Gin Midori Sour: Add a splash of gin.
  5. Midori Sour on the Rocks: Serve over ice.

How to Store

Combine the Midori and sweet-and-sour mix and keep it cold in a sealed container in your fridge. Wait to add the soda when you’re ready to serve, since no one wants a flat drink when it’s supposed to be fizzy.

You can store any leftover Midori Sour in the fridge for up to three days, but it’ll lose its fizz quickly. If you have mix without the soda, save it in the fridge for up to a week for another round!

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