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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!

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Servings: 1 martini

Midori Martini

This Midori Martini is an easy recipe that will impress your friends!


  • 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


  1. Add all ingredients to a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into glass. Add a cherry for garnish.

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

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  1. I’m all about a good martini made by a good bartender. They make those evenings out even better! Two nights ago I tried the Reese’s PB cup martini at Hershey. Um, yeah. I’m undone.
    This is definitely one of the prettiest martinis I’ve ever seen! It might have taken 15 years, but it’s a standout!

  2. I generally don’t order martinis because I find them too sweet, but I did try one in Portland, ME that I adored with grapefruit in it. Midori martinis sound delicious, too. I totally think I need to try this version because you add a little tartness, which I always look for in a cocktail. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Oh what a pretty martini, Dorothy! I love this flavor! Never had one like this before, but it sounds perfect. I love the gorgeous colors, too!

  4. This is such a gorgeous drink! ย Good thing it’s almost the weekend too, I could go for one of these right about now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Martinis are my drink of choice whenever I go out. This martini looks gorgeous and right up my alley!

  6. This martini is stunning, Dorothy! Love the colors. It sounds delightful.ย 

  7. Looks great and so pretty!

  8. Yes please! Is it bad I want this with lunch?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Gosh. I don’t even know what Midori is, except the name of a Japanese figure skater. Is there any kind of non-alcoholic version of this? (I think midori also means “green” in Japanese, if I recall correctly).ย 

  10. Il Fornaio is great! Have you been to the San Diego one in Del Mar? Next time you’re here, we should go! It’s great! It’s so pretty! And so is this drink. Looks like a winner! And yes 15 years….time flies doesn’t it!

  11. I really can’t say anything regarding restaurants in the U.S. but awww, that’s such a sweet story! I love how this drink became your vacation tradition ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re right – it’s crazy pretty!

  12. As you well know I’m a Midori fiend, so naturally I want to inhale this entire glass faster than you can say ‘martini.’ PS, I must check out the Carmel Il Fornaio … perhaps in a couple weeks?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. It’s so pretty, Dorothy, and love the story ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 15 years! Congrats! Such a gorgeous drink — I am a vodka girl, too ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. What a pretty color for a martini! And plus it sounds DELICIOUS!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Cheers to 15 years! A great accomplishment! A beautiful looking drink to celebrate ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I love midori sours but have never had a midori martini. This looks SOOO good!ย 
    I love that this drink has great vacation memories attached to it for you. Food attached to beautiful memories are my favorite kind!ย 

  18. Pretty drink, indeed! Oh, Dorothy, you reminded me of my good ol’ college years, when my friend used to make some mean medori drinks for our Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights. It was her favorite!ย 

  19. Wait! You actually dated your husband 15 years ago? No way. I thought you were still in your 20s. And I don’t kid. You look good girl, and this drink is masterful.

  20. So I’ve never been up to Carmel. I need to get my booty up there asap! I’ve heard its gorgeous and perfect anniversary spot. I’m a wine drinker all the way too, but I think if I could adjust my vodka, then I would love this. Bars put way to put vodka for my liking, but this looks gorgeous and delicious!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  21. Aaaw congrats on 15 years ๐Ÿ™‚ This drink is such a great way to celebrate! It’s so so pretty!

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

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

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