The all time classic melon liqueur, Midori is known for its vivid colour and powerful flavour.
Japanese distilling giants Suntory first released the bottling in 1964 as “Hermes Melon Liqueur”, it was rebranded as “Midori” in 1978. Midori means “Green” in Japanese, but is also used to express a more abstract kind of vitality – applied to forests, youth, and nature generally. The liqueur was first released in the US market in 1978, at the launch party for the film “Saturday Night Fever”, which was held at New York’s world famous Studio 54 nightclub.
The spirit is made with Yubari and Musk melons from Japan, grown in a region rich in volcanic soil, providing the melons with warmth that produces a greater sweetness.
The final result is an extremely flavoursome liqueur, which delivers notes of intense melon rind, slight green apples, candied watermelon, a little banana, sweet cantaloupe and some slight floral notes.
A popular ingredient in many of the cocktails of the 80s and 90s, most famously, verdant Midori sour!