DeKuyper Melon

....and a green drink in a fancy bottle that tastes like cough medicine, called Midori.

I'd had a passing interest in trying Midori for a while now. I emailed them 3 times of the course of several years, but heard nothing back.

After finding a reliable contact at DeKuyper recently for asking about veganness of their products I enquired (mostly out of boredom) about their melon liqueur. It's in most UK supermarkets and I had no problem picking up a bottle (~£10) when I'd heard back.

The best way I can describe DeKuyper Melon is as a liquid version of melon flavoured sweets. It's sweet and whilst artificial tasting, really quite pleasant.

A few days later, @M_tohappyvegans mailed Midori and got an instant response - maybe they just don't like me? We'd just polished off our first bottle of Dekuyper, so I bought a bottle of each to run a comparison.

Other than the colour, I struggled to find one. DeKuyper is gorgeous, Midori tastes like children's cough medicine.

It's a shame - I really wanted to like Midori. Other than its funky bottle however it really has nothing going for it.

The good news is: all Midori cocktail recipes I've tried taste far better with DeKuyper. We spent a couple of evenings trying out 10-15 recipes a couple of months back and there's one that I've made time and time again since. It's actually, possibly, now in my top 5 favourite cocktails.

DeKuyper Splice (formally Midori Splice!)

  • 2 shots DeKuyper Melon liqueur
  • 2 shots Malibu
  • Pineapple Juice
  • 1 shot fresh soya cream -or- coconut cream
  • Ice
Fill a highball glass with ice and pour the melon liqueur over.

Add the malibu, then top with pineapple juice until the glass is almost full. Don't mix.

Float the cream on top, so that it covers the whole surface. Fresh soya cream is best (Alpro), but coconut uht cream will be nicer than long life soya cream if none is available.

The result should be greenest at the bottom and drunk through the cream.

For a drink containing 4 shots of 24% strength booze it really doesn't taste alcoholic at all, and slips down with ease.


  1. YUMMY!
    And I feel bad for wanting one of these at half one in the afternoon. Still it could have worse it could have been breakfast!

  1. Noelle said...:

    I wish I could be sampling 10-15 recipes! I have never had it but it sounds delicious!

  1. I remember when Midori came out in 1988.I was a first year Uni student and a housemate and I decided to work our way through the liqueurs in the local Off Licence. We drank most of the bottle in a night with lemonade and then unsurpringly felt quite sick. Don't think I've ever tried it since!It's good to know the DeKuyper is superior,will have to keep an eye out for it.

  1. I like your boozy MoFo style! Midori has a special nostalgia for me, because it was the first drink I had when I turned 21.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I was faced with Midori and Bols Melon in the offie today - recalled you'd said something was nicer than Midori so I went for the Bols - I guess I will have to buy a miniature Midori now and compare these two myself!

    Did you find out if all De Kuyper liqueurs are vegan? I also need a creme de cacao which the offie had. They also had Bols bottles but I was reluctant to buy as they looked rather old and dusty!

  1. Steven said...:

    I didn't - unfortunately they refuse to give info unless you ask one product at a time. Which isn't very helpful I know!

    Coincidentally, I made an alcohol free version of this on Sunday - fresh melon juice, pineapple juice and coconut cream. Worked remarkably well.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    Thanks. I'll try emailing them and let you know what I find out.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I received this very prompt reply:-

    We have received your question about vegan friendly liqueurs, especially Creme de Cacao and Cherry Brandy which are suitable for vegans.

    All our clear liqueurs, like Creme the Menthe, Peachtree, Crème de Bananes, Blue Curacao and Watermelon are vegan friendly.

    Hope to have informed you sufficiently I remain,

    Met vriendelijke groet / Best regards,

    Quality Assurance
    De Kuyper Royal Distillers"

  1. Steven said...:

    Awesome - well done Anonymous! :)

    Can you fwd the email to please?


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