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A Midori Martini: the prettiest drink in all the land.

Midori Martini, an easy, delicious, and beautiful cocktail recipe.

This recipe is 15 years in the making, seriously.

When Mel and I were first dating (15 years ago*) we went to Carmel on vacation. It quickly became our favorite getaway spot (until the time a glass of OJ cost $7 and we said “well, we’re done”).

That first trip (and for every single trip after until we moved to Arizona) we would eat dinner the first night at Il Fornaio. Have you ever eaten at Il Fornaio? It’s a chain, but every restaurant is different inside. The one in Carmel is the prettiest, by far. The view, the fire pit, the charm.

The bartender back then was named Raj. On our first visit with Raj we mentioned we liked midori and I told him I liked vodka. He then served me my most favorite drink ever: a Midori Martini. Every time we visited Carmel after that we went and saw Raj and got Midori Martinis. We sipped them at the marble bar in one of our favorite cities.

And then we moved away. And none of the Midori Martinis I ordered in any other city at any other Il Fornaio or restaurant could compare. Raj’s martini was one of those once-in-a-lifetime recipes.

Until now, 15 years later.

Midori Martini, an easy, delicious, and beautiful cocktail recipe.

I love a good vodka drink. Mostly I drink wine because it’s easy but if I’m going for hard alcohol it’s going to be vodka and it’ll most likely be a martini.

(I never drink vodka straight. I learned that the hard way in college.)

I like my vodka drinks tart and sweet…but not too sweet. That’s what I love about this Midori Martini recipe. You can make it to your liking. And it tastes almost identical to the ones Raj used to make us.

Let’s break down the recipe:

Vodka and Midori: use equal parts. For a little tart, I add lemon juice. And for a little sweet, I add simple syrup. It’s easy to make your own simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water. I added 1/2 ounce for my cocktail and it was just perfect for me. Add less or more to your taste.

And don’t forget the cherry. A good Midori Martini always has a cherry. Not a lime wedge. Not an orange. A cherry.

Midori Martini, an easy, delicious, and beautiful cocktail recipe.

I could look at this drink for days…if I didn’t want to drink it so badly!

Midori Martini

Midori Martini

3.96 from 45 votes
This Midori Martini is an easy recipe that will impress your friends!
Yield 1 martini


  • 1 ounce midori
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice or lemonade
  • 1/4-1/2 ounce simple syrup to taste
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish


  • Add all ingredients to a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Add a cherry for garnish.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

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*Wow. 15 years is a long freaking time. Cheers!

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

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  1. Great recipe. I would say you would have to be seriously geared toward sweet to consider simple syrup in this recipe. Midori is already diabetes in a bottle, and 50 50 Midori vodka is already sugar coma inducing. 2 vodka, 1 midori, then 1 margarita mix or lemonade. Side note. Simple syrup need be no more than 25/75 sugar water. Our taste buds simply don’t register anything sweeter than that.

  2. The melon martini at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans sounds a lot like your Midori martini. It’s green with a red cherry and absolutely fabulous. And it’s only 25 cents during lunchtime.

  3. I bartended n “created” my fave Midori Martini back in 1998. I didn’t use anything but Midori, Grey Goose, a little fine bar sugar n a maraschino cherry n orange slice. Still recall my boss offering to buy drinks after shift. Laugh still remembering his face when he realized what I was drinking. Lol

  4. Love the midori martini. Thanks so much for sharing. At da beach now, watching sunset with midori martini 🙂

  5. Well, now I have plenty of ideas of what to bring to my New Years party I’m attending! These look great, thank you!

  6. You and I could definitely be drinking buddies! I also love vodka cocktails. Look me up the next time you come to Seattle! Can’t wait to try this one. All of your drinks are amazing!

  7. This looks delicious and refreshing! I used to always order midori sours when I was in college, and I think I would love these martinis!

  8. This drink looks great! To me it reminds me of an apple, perfect for a party!

  9. Aaaw congrats on 15 years 🙂 This drink is such a great way to celebrate! It’s so so pretty!