With the holiday season in full swing, it’s fun to think up new adult beverages to help keep our spirits high. And since I already have some red cocktails, (Cranberry Sauce Cocktail and Cranberry Grapefruit Kiss) I thought green would round out the selections. So I started with Midori, which makes a classic Midori Sour drink, only tried it in martini form. Somehow, everything just feels classier and more elegant in a martini glass, don’t you agree?
- Midori liqueur
- Lime wedge
- Sparkling lemonade or lemon-lime soda
- Slice of lemon and cherry, for garnish
How to make this Midori Sour Martini
Start with Midori and vodka. Add to a cocktail shaker with a squeeze of lime. Then add your mixer, a lemon-lime soda like Sprite works well. I used lemonade flavored sparkling water, which was great. Because Midori is so sweet, it helps to have some citrusy “sour” to help balance it out. Squirt would be another good choice. You get the idea right? Try a couple different beverages here to see how you like it.
Shake everything with some ice and pour into a martini glass. Garnish as desired; I like a lemon slice and cherry.
Regarding cherries: a simple maraschino cherry will do, but I recently tried a recipe for homemade Amarena cherries which I completely loved. I never knew it would be so easy to make my own cocktail cherries! These are what I used to garnish this drink.
Tips and variations
This is a sweet martini, and you can adjust proportions as needed to get the flavor you want. If you want more sour taste, squeeze a little more lime juice or also add a squeeze of lemon into the mix. As mentioned above, your choice of mixer can also impact the sweetness, so keep that in mind.
The festive green color makes this martini a great drink to spread a little holiday cheer, but feel free to enjoy it all year long!
Midori Sour Martini
- 1 oz Midori liqueur
- 1 oz vodka
- Squeeze of lime
- 3 oz lemon-lime soda or citrus flavored sparkling water
- Lemon slice and cherry for garnish optional
- Add liquors, squeeze of lime and soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well to mix.
- Pour into a martini glass and garnish as desired.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.