The Story Behind The Midori Sour

The Midori Sour has seen the highs and lows of the popularity scale — from the star ingredient’s successful debut at Studio 54 in 1978, to the cocktail being described as a “trashy disco drink” by The New York Times in 2017. Today it is making a comeback, as mixologists develop innovative combinations that explore the depths of Midori, a bright green, melon-flavored liqueur.

The secret to making the perfect Midori Sour is using freshly squeezed citrus juice, as Midori’s sweetness is tamed by the acidity. Soda water gives the drink a clean, fresh finish, while an optional pour of top-shelf vodka takes the booze factor up a notch.


  • 1 ounce Midori
  • 1 ounce vodka (optional)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 ounces soda water
  • Garnish: lemon wedge


  1. Add the Midori, vodka (if using), lime and lemon juice to a highball glass and stir to combine.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, top with soda, and garnish with lemon wedge.

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Yield: 1
Calories: 188
Updated: 2024-03-26

The Midori Sour Recipe