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