Midori is Japanese for “green”. The green bottle that adorns many a back-bar and turns a cocktail into a vibrant colour but it is also one of those liqueurs that probably never had on its own. Midori is a melon liqueur and many consumers have nothing against the fruit.
Midori has adapted itself to become rather versatile when it is introduced with other ingredients. Midori, developed by Suntory, was launched in the United States in 1978 and with a party at the famous nightclub Studio 54, attended by the stars of Saturday Night Fever. Within the year of its release, Midori was named as the base to the cocktail ‘The Universe’, the winner of the US Bartender Guild Annual Competition. Following success in the USA, Midori launched in Australia and then Britain a year later, with international recognition in 1984 as the cocktail ‘Green Eyes’ became the official drink of the LA Olympics.
The use of premium melon mainly from Yubari, Japan. Yubari melons account for just one percent of melon production in Japan and can only be found in this region. But first created is the raw liqueur using the best method for this specific type of melon. They then combine the raw liqueur with other fragrant ingredients using Suntory’s exclusive blending techniques.