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Rediscover the Midori Sour, the Cocktail That Tastes Like a Jolly Rancher

Many of the early neon drinks borne of the 1980s, famous for their vibrant hues and sweet, fruity flavors, are starting to make a comeback. If you’re looking for another recipe to add to your neon green cocktail arsenal, look no further than the Midori sour.

What Is a Midori Sour?

The Midori sour is a cocktail made with Midori and lemon and lime juices. This cocktail has a harmonious sweet and sour flavor profile. The classic version was originally made with sour mix, but our modern spin of this 80s relic is made with real citrus juices with no sugar added. Trust us, the Midori—a treacly, melon-flavored liqueur—is sweet enough. The resulting bright green cocktail tastes like a melon-flavored Jolly Rancher or a Sweet Tart candy, and we mean that in a good way.Want to kick the booze up a notch? Add a glug of vodka to the mix.

How to Make a Midori Sour

Recipe by Jacy Topps


2 ounces Midori
½ ounce lime juice, fresh squeezed
½ ounce lemon juice, fresh squeezed
Club soda, to top
Cherry, for garnish


Fill a tall glass with ice. Add Midori, lemon and lime juices to the glass. Top with the soda water. Garnish with a cherry.


What Is in a Midori Sour?

In a Midori sour you’ll find Midori, lime juice, lemon juice and club soda.

What is Midori?

Midori, the Japanese word for green, is a melon-flavored liqueur made in Japan. It gives the Midori sour its neon green color and was released in the U.S. in 1978.

Where Did the Midori Sour Come From?

The zesty cocktail sprung up in the 1980s, and its popularity continued to soar in the 90s. While the novelty of Midori sours fell off, the melon liqueur is still used in popular drinks like the Tokyo Tea and just recently, the TikTok phenomenon, the Grinch.