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A Midori Martini: the prettiest drink in all the land. This midori drink is a classic recipe and our favorite – a mix of a vodka martini and a midori sour!

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Delicious Midori Martini Drink

We used to love to go to Carmel for couples weekends and on our first trip there (back in 2000) we ate dinner at Il Fornaio. 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. So I created my own!

Why you’ll love this 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 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.

green martini with red at the bottom in a clear glass

Ingredients in a Midori Martini

  • Vodka and Midori: use equal parts.
  • For a little tart, I add lemon juice.
  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • Use lots of ice – and shake them several times so the drink gets nice and cold. An icy martini is the best.
  • Use a good top tier vodka. We love Tito’s best!
  • Fresh lemon juice is best but you can use bottled if needed.
Midori Martini

Midori Martini

4.03 from 48 votes
This Midori Martini is an easy recipe that will impress your friends!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 1 martini
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 ounce midori
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ¼-½ 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.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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A Midori Martini is a simple vodka martini with midori – like a midori sour but stronger!

Last Updated on December 19, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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!! πŸ™‚Β 

  2. 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.

    1. LMAO!!! Not even close to my 20s, but you’re super sweet. Or maybe I should say I was a baby when we started dating? LOL

  3. 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!Β 

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

  5. What a pretty color for a martini! And plus it sounds DELICIOUS!! πŸ™‚

  6. 15 years! Congrats! Such a gorgeous drink — I am a vodka girl, too πŸ˜€

  7. 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?? πŸ™‚

  8. 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 πŸ™‚ And you’re right – it’s crazy pretty!