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Item: Midori Liqueur
Bought from: Asda
I bought this a couple of weeks ago when we were out shopping for BBQ supplies on one of the few sunny weekends we've had. I was looking for something light to drink and saw this and thought I would give it another try. I remember drinking this over 10+ years ago and I liked it so as an alternative to wine or alcopops I got a bottle of this.
Packaging and design:
WOW, this bottle is so distinctive and hasn't changed in at least 20 years. It is made of thick clear glass in a squared off shape. It has a bubbled effect over the glass almost like the bottle has been carved out of an ice block. The bottle widens slightly on to a smooth glass design where the label is attached and then tapers towards the top and has a plastic lid. The labelling is quite an expensive looking combination of dark green, black and gold. The front of the bottle tells you it is "Midori Melon Liqueur" so you can see straight off what it is. The back has details to advise you that it is a 70cl bottle and is 20% strength. The labels are quite small so you can see a good amount of the bottle, which is really nice as the glass is clear you can see the liqueur through it which is bright green.
Taste and smell:
Midori is a melon liqueur so as you would expect when you take the lid off you get a big aroma of melon. It is really fruity to smell and summery. The taste matches the smell and you can really smell the melons. It is a light but very sweet liqueur. I drink a 35ml measure in a tall glass with ice and lemonade with a slice of lemon or lime. The lemonade and fruit slice adds a citrus edge to the melon flavour to balance out the sweetness. I have had it with soda water before but found that wasn't actually quite sweet enough so always opt for lemonade with it now. For the BBQ I drank this all day, it wasn't too sickening or sweet and was easy to stick to all day. There is some left so I have put that in a big cool cupboard in the kitchen. It doesn't actually have any storage details on the packaging but due to t being a sweet drink it seems best to keep it in a cool place for just now.
Value for money:
I think this was a reasonable price for a bottle of this size. I added a bottle of lemonade and a lemon for around an extra £1.50 so even with those added it was still cheaper than if I had bought alcopops or wine that day so overall a good buy. I like sweet girly drinks and having not had this for quite a few years it was a nice change up and I will go back to it again in the near future. Even just having a tall glass of bright green drink was quite exciting. I think Kim Kardashian might have been the face of Midori over in USA recently but to me Midori will always be a drink that grans like ( and me too) haha
I am a huge fan of this Japanese alcoholic drink that is made from honey dew melon. Midori is the Japanese word for "green", as in "verdant" or "emerald". I discovered this alcoholic delight a quarter of a century ago when it was selected as the official liqueur of Expo 88 held in Brisbane, Australia. It is one of the few bottles of spirits I have ever purchased.
~~~ The Product ~~~
This bright green coloured liqueur comes in a 500ml clear, nondescript dimpled transparent glass bottle. It's available in ASDA for £11 (May 2013). It has the consistency of syrup. Produced by Suntory, its alcohol content is 20% by volume.
The Midori website suggests that the drink's flavour is that of natural melon. It's true that it is sweet, but is in my opinion nothing at all like the taste of melon.
I only ever drink it with lemonade, but I understand it to be very popular in a whole host of cocktails, including world famous prize winning drinks.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
I have a very sweet tooth and have always enjoyed this drink.
I have many fond memories associated with a glass or two of midori-and-lemonade. My favourite was in 1991. A fellow Australian backpacker and I had been hitchhiking and Euro-railing all over the then Midori-free Europe for several months, and had finally arrived in London.
We were excited to finally be able to be back in an English-speaking country, and decided to celebrate by going to the then famed Camden Palace nightclub. We spotted the famed emerald-green bottle tucked away high on a shelf at the back of the bar. It turned out that none of the bar staff were familiar with Midori (despite it being launched in the UK over ten years earlier in 1980), and my friend and I were soon the centre of attention with our crazy-coloured sugar-rush inducing drink. We even momentarily had the attention of "Tucker" from Grange Hill.
Finally, please don't be put off by the fact that Kim Khadashian has been a recent "spokesperson" for this fabulous drink. It really is worth giving Midori a chance!
~~~ Recommended?? ~~~
Definitely, but only in responsible amounts.
I'm not a big drinker and was even less so a few years back when I was introduced to Midori. When I do drink, I'm attracted to sweet spirits, so one of my friends insisted on buying me a Midori & lemonade. To this day it's one of my favourite cocktails as it's fun and easy to drink - won't get you completely smashed at the start of an evening.
Not only does Midori look awesome (the green bottle is pretty recognisable even at the other end of a darkened bar) but it tastes of melon (which is one of my personal favourite flavours). Also it has a slightly syrupy consistency, so when you mix with it, it makes little swirls in the glass. :) My only criticism is that it's a bit on the sickly side, so I wouldn't drink it all night (especially not with the lemonade)! Gives you a bit of a sugar headache after a while. And I probably wouldn't drink it straight, it'd be like drinking Slush Puppie without the ice.
In addition, it's also become something of a cocktail staple, so when I'm in a cocktail bar I always look for the recipes which include it because they're usually sweet, fresh and summery drinks. Keep an eye out for it!
I would normally not have anything like this in the house because really it isn't my scene at all. My son and his girlfriend like a wee drink off a Saturday night and have for the last few months been searching and experimenting with different liqueurs and cocktails. Hence the sudden availability and subsequent sampling.
There's nothing too different from the bottle Midori comes in to that of any other Liqueur. It has a slightly dimpled effect on the bottom half and the labelling is nothing to write home about, being a simple circular green label with MIDORI in bold white writing.
Midori is one off these drinks that probably fall into the category of occasional. That's not to say it isn't nice for indeed it is just that it is perhaps a bit sweet for the average drinker. Mixed with other ingredients you can however get yourself one hell of a cocktail. On it's own mixed with some tonic water or lemonade it is very refreshing.
Being made of Honey Dew Melon it is green in colour and has a kind of slightly syrupy texture. The smell of melon is evident from the initial opening of the 70cl bottle. It smells as if you could drink it straight from the bottle, really yummy. As you might expect it tastes of melon, a very sweet melon I might add. Initially there does not appear to be much alcohol but a subsequent sip tells me different. At around £8 a bottle it's pretty good value. I prefer tonic with mine as I find this takes a bit of the sweetness away and does make a very nice drink.
Now as I said my son and his girlfriend were experimenting with different liqueurs, and this is where the title of the review comes in.
Take a shot glass which has been previously chilled in the fridge for a few hours. Add Midori up to the first 1/3 of the glass, the following 1/3 should be filled with Advocat. The final 1/3 with grenadine. The finished shot should look like traffic lights, RED AMBER and GREEN. Drink this down in one swig. Well stone me where,s the party .NO not a drinks party, for this tastes like trifle when drunk like this. Mind you after a couple it starts to kick in. Delicious. I haven't a clue why it's called a squashed frog unless of course it's because if you don't pour correctly it turns out to look like what could vaguely be described as A Squashed frog.
If you don't have Advocat or Grenadine just use any Red and Amber coloured liqueur ..it'll have the same effect LOL.
So Midori is a very nice melon Liqueur which when mixed with tonic or lemonade makes a lovely refreshing drink. Containing only 20% alcohol it isn't too strong. either.