While in Tokyo a couple of years ago, I walked into Bar Helissio for an afternoon tipple. One of the bartenders greeted me with a smile and asked which drink I'd like. "Something refreshing," I replied. A few minutes later, the bartender presented a bright green cocktail – Midouri Whisky Sour – served up in a coupe glass. It was simply delightful.
Haven’t heard of Midori before? Well, it is a neon green, sweet, muskmelon-flavoured liqueur crafted by the Japanese distiller, Suntory. In 1978, Midori was launched at a star-studded party in New York City’s Studio 54. In 1981, it became a back-bar staple with 100,000 cases produced worldwide. Eventually, production was shifted to Mexico. In 2001, its sales exceeded 250,000 cases. Today, Midori is available in over 30 countries and is favoured mostly by young drinkers. Midori is used as a core mixing ingredient in cocktails like Midori Margarita, Melonball, and Midori Sour.
In the Midouri Whisky Sour, the acidity of the limes and lemons balances the sweetness of Midori. Due to the lower alcohol content of the liqueur, I prefer adding some Maker’s Mark or Jack Daniel’s for a tantalizing twist. The addition of Sprite completes the drink by adding a slight fizz to it, but you can replace it with club soda if you think it’s too sweet for you.
You’ll need an Old Fashioned glass and …
· 3 tbsps. of Midori
· 2 tbsps. of whisky
· 2 tbsps. of lemon juice
· 1 tbsp lime juice
· 1 tbsp simple syrup
Take an ice-filled shaker, add the whisky, Midori, lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake vigorously. Once done, strain into the glass over ice and add a dash of Sprite. Garnish it with a maraschino cherry or two and your Midouri Whisky Sour is ready. Cheers!
The thing about Whisky Woodland Punch is that while you can make it with just about any whisky-based liqueur or lighter bourbons like Smooth Ambler, you should ideally make it with Southern Comfort. There’s a reason why we suggest Southern Comfort.
With a name as literal as that to boot, one can only imagine the ‘auspicious’ circumstances under which this cheeky cocktail recipe was born. Back in the 19th century, the moralists had a temporary victory over ‘societal evils’ when a ban was imposed on the production, import, and sale of alcohol.