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Do you like trying new cocktails? How about delicious, exotic ones? If so, then you’ll love the Japanese Slipper cocktail! This drink is perfect for those who are looking to explore and taste something new. It’s easy to make and has a unique flavour that will tantalize your taste buds. So what are you waiting for? Give the Japanese Slipper cocktail a try today!

History of the drink

The Japanese Slipper is often classed among the modern classic cocktails as it was invented recently (in cocktail terms!) by Jean-Paul Bourguignon. He worked at Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, and created the drink in 1984, just a couple of years after Midori was launched. He named it because the liqueur was created in Japan where Midori means ‘green’.

What is Midori? 

Midori is a Japanese melon-flavored liqueur that was created in the 1980s. It is green in colour and has a sweet, melon flavour.

Midori is typically used in cocktails, as it is a versatile liqueur that can be mixed with a variety of other ingredients. Midori cocktails are often brightly coloured, due to the addition of the liqueur. Midori is also sometimes used as a shooter, as it can be downed quickly and has a relatively low alcohol content.

Midori is produced by Suntory, a Japanese company that also produces whisky and beer. Midori is available in most liquor stores and is a popular choice for those who are looking for a sweet, flavorful liqueur. Whether you are mixing it into a cocktail or shooting it straight, Midori is sure to add some sweetness to your evening.

What you need to make a Japanese Slipper

How to make the recipe

Pour the Midori, triple sec, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

Shake with ice then strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Recipe tips

Fresh lemon juice is definitely best for the recipe. One lemon will give you around 3/4 of an ounce of juice, which is more than enough for this recipe.

You can also use a slice of lemon or lime as a garnish if you don’t have a maraschino cherry. The cherry does complement the honeydew melon flavour in the Midori though so it is worth trying!

Recipe variations

You can turn this into a tall drink by doubling the recipe and serving it in an old-fashioned glass. Or you can make it as shown then top it with a lightly flavoured soda for a sparkling version.

Lime juice is also an option for the recipe and if you have a sour mix, you can make this into a Melon Margarita if you replace the Midori with tequila.

If you don’t have triple sec, you can also use Cointreau in place of it as it is very similar. Grand Marnier is another orange liqueur that is classed as a triple sec although it to does have a stronger flavour.

Japanese Slipper Midori Cocktail
Yield: 1 drink

Japanese Slipper Midori Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make this modern classic Midori cocktail with three simple ingredients and your cocktail shaker


  • 1 part Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 part DeKuyper Triple Sec
  • 1 part lemon juice


Pour the Midori, triple sec and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

Shake with ice then strain into a chilled cocktail or martini glass.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 33mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 2g

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