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A frightfully good Midori sour for Halloween

Looking for Halloween cocktail ideas? Warren Mendes serves up a spooktacular Midori sour recipe complete with bold garnishes.

midori sour recipe

When it comes to Halloween cocktails, don’t hold back, says Warren. “If you’re going to celebrate Halloween, you need to go all in. And this includes your drinks, not just your costume.” Sours are the cocktail du jour and Warren is putting a Halloween spin on a classic sour using Midori liqueur as the key ingredient. “Halloween is really Midori’s time to shine with its electric green colour,” he says. “The sweetness of the melon liqueur is balanced by the acidity of the lemon and lime juice in this sour recipe. And for extra fright factor, I’m finishing it with lychee ‘eyeballs’ and maraschino cherries.” Follow Warren’s lead and get into the spirit of Halloween with your favourite fancy dress and this Midori sour.

How to make a Midori Sour

Ingredients (Serves 4):


125mL Midori Melon liqueur

125mL Hoshi Japanese Vodka

80mL lemon juice

80mL lime juice

Ice cubes, to serve

Soda water, to serve

Lychees, to garnish

Maraschino cherries, to garnish




  1. Combine the Midori, vodka, lemon juice and lime juice in a jug with ice and stir to combine.
  2. Fill 4 serving glasses with ice, then divide the cocktail evenly among the glasses. Top with a splash of soda, then garnish with lychees and cherries.


Tip: Want to make these cocktails even spookier for your Halloween party? Try drizzling 1 tbs raspberry syrup ‘blood’ over the top of each glass, then garnish with a Halloween straw and Halloween lollies before serving.

What you need for this Midori Sour recipe

Whether you lean towards tropical flavours, want to build a rainbow liqueur collection for colourful cocktails or are in the mood to shake up some good memories for your party crowd, you definitely need a bottle of Midori Melon Liqueur in your bar cart right now. Add a bottle of Japanese vodka – distilled in Japan from a base of white rice, Hoshi Vodka has a subtle sweetness that’s great in cocktails – and you’re all set for cocktail hour. As well as the 80s throwback Midori Sour, you can use them to make retro favourites like the pineapple-flavoured Illusion and the OJ-topped Melon Ball cocktail. Or just add ice and lemonade or lemon-flavoured soda water for a simple and refreshing highball.

More easy and fun party ideas

Looking for the best Halloween drinks? We’ve got loads of creepy cocktail ideas to help you host a Halloween party to remember. As for the rest of the year, well, we have lots of drinks in the same spirit. For starters, why not give Warren’s Cyclone Margarita a whirl, then keep the colours popping with a Blue lagoon or Fruit Tingle cocktail. Bring more tropical flavour to the party with a Pina Colada Slushie, a classic Mai Tai or a watermelon-flavoured margarita punch. Plus, have fun experimenting with every kind of sour – from whiskey and bourbon to Pisco and amaretto.

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