If you don't know the neon-hued, muskmelon liqueur that is Midori, then it's time to get familiar. Midori, which dates all the way back to the 1960s, is made from the blending of the juices of premium muskmelons. These muskmelons are extremely rare but can be found in Japan. Midori finds its inviting, fresh melon flavor from these special fruits.
What is Midori?
Midori is a sweet muskmelon-flavored liqueur famous for its neon-green color, which originated in Japan during the 1960s.
As a liqueur, Midori can, of course, be sipped by itself, but its color and fruity flavor make it a great addition to a variety of craft cocktails. The lush liqueur can also be found in a handful of classic cocktails, including the Midori Sour and Japanese Slipper. But if you're looking for a new twist on this unique liqueur, the cocktails ahead should do the trick.
Check out our favorite Midori cocktail recipes to try this month.
Honeydew Melon Margaritas
The Recipe: Honeydew Melon Margaritas
The Hero Ingredient: Lime is typically the only fruit used in your classic margarita, but the use of fresh honeydew in this marg is a welcome addition and pairs well with Midori.
Pro Tip: Boulder Locavore's Toni Dash reveals that instead of making your own melon cubes, you can simply buy frozen ones. "Honeydew melon can be found in the frozen section of most grocery stores," she explains. "If you are in a time pinch or melons are out of season, they can be substituted."
Why We Love It: A classic margarita will always be a solid sip, but every now and then it is nice to switch it up with various fresh fruit. Also, the subtle sweetness of the honeydew melon paired with the acidity of the fresh lime juice is a wonderfully tasty combination.
Cucumber-Melon White Sangria
The Recipe: Cucumber-Melon White Sangria
The Hero Ingredient: From plums to cranberries to lemons, if it's a fruit, there's a good chance someone has thrown it in their sangria. But cucumber? With it's subtly refreshing flavor, it's a great way to make your sangria truly stand out.
Pro Tip: Stephanie Gerber of Hello Glow shares that switching to white wine during the warmer months, is a great way to create a lighter sangria. "Red wine is too heavy for me when it’s warm, so I whipped up this recipe for a fresh, fruity (but not too fruity) white sangria that uses some of my favorite seasonal ingredients: cucumber, melon and mint," she says.
Why We Love It: With unexpected ingredients like cucumbers and Midori, this sangria is great for impressing a crowd. And given that this is sangria, there's also plenty of room for modifications. You can play around with both fruits and types of wine.
Lucky Leprechaun Shots
The Recipe: Lucky Leprechaun Shots
The Hero Ingredient: With only three ingredients (two of them being booze), pineapple juice makes this cocktail ultra-smooth and adds an extra layer of sweetness.
Pro Tip: Boulder Locavore's Toni Dash offers this simple tip for preparing these shots for a crowd: "If serving these to a larger group, using a cocktail shaker will help you prepare this easy cocktail recipe in higher volume."
Why We Love It: With this recipe, this cocktail is served in fun, shot-form, but this three-ingredient sip would also make for a beautifully-hued martini.
Smoking Skull Cocktail
The Recipe: Smoking Skull Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: This cocktail certainly doesn't skimp on the ginger. In addition to ginger beer, it also calls for ginger syrup, which is both rich and spicy.
Pro Tip: If you choose to use dry ice in this cocktail, Nicole Tingwall of Windy City Dinner Fairy offers a few wise tips. "Do NOT drink the cocktail until dry ice has completely dissolved," she says. "Dry ice is not meant to be consumed. It’s just for special effects. Typically dry ice takes 5-10 minutes to completely dissolve depending on how big of a chunk you add, a little goes a long way."
Why We Love It: Although the Smoking Skull Cocktail is geared towards Halloween, simply swap out the skull for a more seasonally appropriate glass and enjoy! And the use of dry ice makes for a fun addition year-round.