Midori Sour – Classic 1970s Studio 54 Recipe

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I’m a bit torn with this one. I hate this drink but it has its place in history, and there are people in who like it. So here it is. The ultra sweet and synthetic Midori Sour.

Actually this isn’t a true late 70s Suntory Midori sour. The official recipe uses sweet and sour mix but that garbage has no place in this kind of an app so I replaced it with orange liqueur and lemon juice. Sweet and sour is a bad facsimile of those two ingredients. If you were thinking of making this drink or think you like it then I would suggest checking out the two improved Midori Sour recipes I have added. The two improved recipes retain the melon flavor but mellow it out quite a bit and add a bit more herbal or textural complexity to the drink. I actually think those two are decent drinks. This one I took one sip and then dumped it as soon as I finished taking the pictures for it.


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Midori Sour – Classic 1970s Studio 54 Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American






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Learn how to make the a classic Midori Sour.


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 2 oz Midori


  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.


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