Tonight’s experimenting with Midori worked out lovely. Though I will have to pick up another bottle, as I went through about half of mine.
– These tasting notes written by Jay, who likes sweet drinks, Irish whiskey, and highballs.
(See all Midori recipes.)
Taste of Midori
Midori is a melon flavored liqueur; it originated in Japan (my bottle was made by Suntory, though). It is a very visually appealing liqueur, with a vivid green color. I think that’s honestly the major reason it is used in a lot of cocktails, because it makes for some beautiful drinks.
I started with sipping a bit straight; quite decent. It’s relatively mild (40 proof), and there was absolutely no burn when I downed a half-shot. It’s very sweet, and the melon flavor is recognizable but not bold.
Some Midori Cocktails
I then tried a Kyoto Cocktail, because it sounded neat and because there are surprisingly few recipes involving Midori in my bar book. This was a mistake. The Kyoto is a straight-liquor cocktail, whereas I normally drink highballs (liquor + carbonated mixer). Worse, it is a gin-based cocktail; now I like gin, but it’s juniper flavor is quite strong, and you need a good balance of flavors to keep the gin from overpowering the drink. In the Kyoto (1.5 oz. of gin, 0.5 oz. of midori, 0.5 oz. of dry vermouth, splash of lemon juice) I really couldn’t taste the midori at all. It did lend the drink a bit of a ‘cool’ or ‘crisp’ aftertaste, but that’s it. Being honest, I didn’t finish this one, but if you really like gin you might enjoy it. (sorry this isn’t very positive, but hey, I call ’em like I see ’em.)
For my next attempt, I stuck closer to what I knew I’d like: an Electric Popsicle. Straightforward and simple…shot of Midori, shot of blue curacao, add 7-Up. This makes a drink that’s gorgeous to look at (almost aqua colored) and delicious to drink; the citrus and melon go great together, neither buries the other.
Finally, being a comic book nerd, I had to try a Green Lantern. I found several recipes, but the most common one was simple: 1 part Midori, 1 part orange juice, and 1 part 7-Up. Sounded good, so I went with it. Boy, am I glad I did. Even better than the Electric Popsicle, in my opinion…I used fresh squeezed OJ, and fresh juice blends even better with the melon than the curacao. The only downside is it’s not very strong as far as highballs go (I actually mixed it as a lowball, in a rocks glass; used 2 oz. of each of the ingredients), which may not even be a downside depending on your preferences for intoxication. That, and it’s too pale a green to really fit the Green Lantern motif.