A Midori Sour that Goes Against the Green

Personally, I don’t like green food.

I’m not talking about healthy green food like kale, tea, Brussels sprouts, and shelled raw peas. That’s all great. I’m talking fake green food — stuff that has blue and yellow whatevers in it to make it appealing to the masses.

Yet all of my Yankee stick-to-itiveness about the purity of what I ingest goes out the window when I return to my college days of early alcohol exploration, which gleefully included Intro to Midori 101.

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Mad about Midori

Bright green and Japanese aren’t adjectives normally in the same description. But if something smells like nectar and is colored vaguely like a “Go” light, chances are we’re talking about Midori.

Midori is a melon liqueur with so distinct a color it’s spot-able across a room. Back in the day, it was produced by Japan’s Suntory company (if the name rings a bell, you probably saw Lost In Translation). Today, Midori is mostly produced in Mexico, and its presence in a glass is a dead giveaway that you drink what naysayers call girly drinks. Arguably the most recognizable of them all is a Midori Sour.

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Midori Sour gets a makeover

Midori Sours generally combine two ingredients: Midori, and a pre-made sweet-and-sour concoction so sugary it’s hard to tell the liqueur from the mixer. But for folks with a sweet tooth, it’s that fact that makes Midori Sours a great segue into the world of drinking.

However, some people simply like the taste of melon. And as opposed to a Cosmopolitan or Apple Martini, Midori Sours make a nice change of pace. For those drinkers, Food Thinkers offers up this very grown-up approach to the Midori Sour, using fresh pineapple and lemon juices from your juicer … entirely avoiding any extra sugar and relying instead on the Midori itself to sweeten the deal. A top-off of soda water adds a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

I’m a bourbon and club soda girl at heart, but there are those random summer days when something good and green is just darn tasty. But if you’re against the green, remember: Suntory makes other things for relaxing times …

Midori Sour


  • 2 ounces Midori liqueur
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ¼ pineapple
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1½ ounces soda water


Juice the pineapple and lemon. Mix the Midori, vodka, and juices together. Pour mixture into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with soda water, gently stir, and serve.