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
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.