Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice are shaken together to form this sweet and sour, low ABV sipper. The Japanese Slipper is a delicious fruity cocktail and a great option for those looking to serve some low alcohol options as part of their menu.
Midori, Triple Sec, Lemon Juice.
*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.
The Japanese Slipper is truly a product of the 80’s, a bright green mixture of sweet melon liqueur, citrusy triple sec and tart lemon juice, this cocktail exudes all the neon flair of a Miami nightclub.
Don’t be put off by its bright colour and sugary ingredients though, when made right, the balance of sweet liqueurs and tangy citrus make this drink balanced and moreish.
The Japanese Slipper is one of those rare cocktail that is made solely using liqueurs and modifiers, without any high ABV spirits, this makes it a great choice for those wanting some low-alcohol options at their mobile bar-hire.
With it’s tropical flavour and bright colour, the Japanese Slipper makes a great partner to other brightly coloured martini style drinks. If you’re planning a colourful cocktail party with a touch of elegance, you may want to consider serving this cocktail alongside something like a Cosmopolitan, this classic vodka drink has a pleasing pink hue and a surprisingly dry and complex cocktail.
If you’re keen on serving some other tropical-fruit flavoured drinks, the Japanese Slipper would slot well into a tiki-based selection. Tiki drinks tend to be rum based though they aren’t always, and they tend to be brightly coloured and flavoured with exotic fruits. Some great tiki drinks to serve alongside the Japanese Slipper include a Mai Tai: a classic mix of rum, triple sec and orgeat and the Hurricane: a long rum-punch style cocktail featuring passion fruit and a blend of rums.
If you’re interested in featuring the Japanese Slipper on your menu and want to know more about what cocktails you could serve alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other liqueur based, fruity and Martini-style cocktails from our list.
Possibly created at Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne by Jean-Paul Bourguigon in 1984.
Myths & Legends
There is nothing too Japanese about this cocktail, apart from midori being made in Japan, but the Japanese word midori means green so it could be related.
A brief history of the Japanese Slipper from makemeacocktail.com.
‘This lovely little cocktail came into being in 1984 at the famous Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia, created by drink-mixing genius Jean-Paul Bourguignon. Today it’s considered an International Bartenders Association classic. Midori had only existed for about six years at the time. The splashy Suntory liqueur was welcomed into bars and lounges worldwide after an enthusiastic debut at the exclusive Studio 54 club during the height of the “Saturday Night Fever” disco craze.’
Ingredients & Equipment
Midori is a unique liqueur, whilst there may be other melon flavoured products on the market, we haven’t come across them, and this Japanese liqueur is what gives this cocktail its name, so it’s something of an essential.
The original recipe for this cocktail calls specifically for Cointreau, whilst this is certainly the most well known brand of triple sec, there are plenty of other manufacturers of this classic cocktail ingredient and taste doesn’t vary hugely from brand to brand so feel free to use whatever triple sec you like.
- 25ml Midori
- 25ml Triple Sec
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- Cocktail Cherry to Garnish
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Fine Strainer
- Mexican Elbow
- Martini Glass or Coupette
- Cubed Ice
- Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
- Take your Boston glass or small tin
- Using your jigger to measure, add the Midori and triple sec to the shaker
- Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add it to the shaker
- Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
- Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
- Remove your glass from the freezer or empty of ice if necessary
- Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain your cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
- Drop a cocktail cherry into the drink to garnish
- Serve and enjoy!
For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.
Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.