Midori Sour

1 cocktail
5 min

This lighter twist on a classic Midori Sour uses fresh lemon juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, and a hefty splash of club soda to lighten things up a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, Midori has a great flavor, but it can be overpowering. So many Midori sour recipes are too sweet and simply use store-bought sour mix that makes them overly sweet and cloying for my liking.

This Midori Sour Cocktail is lightly sweet, a little tart, and more grown up than that super sweet cocktail you sipped on at the bar in your early 20s. It is actually refreshing to sip with strong melon undertones.


What is Midori?Midori is a bright green melon flavored liqueur first manufactured in Japan. It’s on the lighter side of ABV at only 20-21%. Midori is best mixed with other liquors or mixers that are not heavily sweetened.

Can I use sour mix for this recipe?Yes, try my homemade sour mix instead of the fresh lemon and pineapple juice. Homemade sour mix is lightly sweetened with agave nectar and uses fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice.


  • Midori: Adds the melon flavor to the cocktail.
  • Vodka: Any vodka you like will work in this recipe.
  • Pineapple juice: An unsweetened pineapple juice works best.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh squeezed lemon juice adds tartness and cuts the sweetness.
  • Club soda: Lightens up the Midori Sour Cocktail, making it an easy sipping drink.


This is an easy cocktail to mix up.

  • Simply add the Midori, vodka, pineapple juice, and lemon juice to a highball glass.
  • Fill with ice, then top with club soda.
  • Give the ingredients a stir, add a garnish, and a fun straw, then sip away.
Pour Midori and vodka into cocktail glass.
Add lemon juice and pineapple juice.
Fill glass with ice.
Top with club soda.
Stir to combine ingredients.

Pitcher recipe for Midori Cocktails at a party:

  • 1 cup Midori
  • 1 cup vodka
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher, and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Add mix to a glass with ice, then top with club soda.

*Note: This pitcher recipe makes 8 cocktails. Scale it up or down depending on your number of guests.


  • Garnish with fresh lemon and/or pineapple wedge.
  • Add a maraschino cherry if desired.


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  • Midori: Any melon liqueur can be used, but the flavor will be slightly sweeter than using Midori.
  • Club soda: Sparkling water or tonic also work. Tonic will leave a slightly bitter aftertaste. For a sweeter approach, try lemon-lime soda.


  • Fresh or pineapple juice with no added sweeteners works best for this cocktail.
  • Highball glasses are frequently used for mixed drinks that contain a larger proportion of mixers than will fit into a typical rocks glass.

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  • 1  cocktail
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 1 ounce Midori
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • club soda to top

Simply add the Midori, vodka, pineapple juice, and lemon juice to a highball glass.
Fill with ice, then top with club soda.
Give the ingredients a stir, add a garnish, and a fun straw, then sip away.
  • Fresh, or pineapple juice with no added sweeteners, works best for this cocktail.
  • See notes in the article above for a pitcher version of this cocktail recipe.
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