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It's Easy Being Green 

Cocktails Anyone?
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt

Midori, the Japanese word for green, is also the name of the beautiful green liqueur produced by Japanese drinks giant Suntory. Made from a neutral spirit and proprietary flavours, this liqueur is refreshing and fruity, honeydew melon to be exact. The bright green hue puts a smile on my face like when one catches a warm sunbeam (or, maybe even the sight of a beautiful emerald). It's also the perfect drink to toast all those shades of green around you this season.

Midori's distinctively shaped textured bottle was launched in the U.S. in 1978, arriving in Canada three years later. By 1991, sales had risen to a quarter of a million cases a year in thirty countries around the world. They have climbed even higher since.

It's easy to make cocktails using Midori. Slightly sweet on the palate, it has a long finish, which is why it performs so well mixed with a wide range of juices and spirits.

Its fresh rich melon flavour (with perhaps some banana and strawberry aromas) makes it no surprise how Midori has found its way onto back bars across the country.

Any of the following will serve as a fine libation to the greening of the season.

 
Midori Sparkle

  • ¾ oz. Midori
  • Dry Champagne
  1. Pour Midori into a champagne flute
  2. Top up with chilled dry champagne (or sparkling wine)

 
Green Eyes

  • ¾ oz. Midori
  • 1 oz. Havana Club Rum
  • ½ oz. coconut cream
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. pineapple juice
  • Garnish: pineapple wedge
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into an ice-filled Collins glass.
  2. Garnish.

 
Midori Pash

  • 1 oz. Midori
  • ½ oz. Stolichnaya Vodka
  • Cranberry juice
  1. Mix Midori and vodka well and pour into an ice-filled Collins glass.
  2. Top up with cranberry juice.

 
Midori & Apple

  • 1½ oz. Midori
  • Apple juice (chilled)
  • Garnish: slice of green apple that has been dipped into lemon juice
  1. Pour Midori into an ice-filled highball glass.
  2. Top up with apple juice.
  3. Garnish.

 

For more information, you can contact Sheila at spuritt@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

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