Born in the 1970s—by no means a Golden Age for US cocktail culture—the Midori Sour has, somewhat surprisingly, stood the test of time. How has it overcome it’s disco-era roots? (The drink debuted at Studio 54 in 1978, true story.) Because it’s an easy-to-make, well-balanced blend of lime, lemon, and vodka. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s an eye-catching, conversation-starting neon green—thanks to the Midori, a Japanese liqueur infused with muskmelon, which is similar to honeydew.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz Midori
- .5 oz fresh lime juice
- .5 oz fresh lemon juice
- Club soda, to top
- Lemon wedge, for garnish
- Fill a Collins glass with ice.
- Add vodka, Midori, lime juice and lemon juice, and stir well.
- Top with soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.