MIDORI® is Japanese for green. The emerald green found in Japanese nature is where MIDORI® was born.
MIDORI® is the original melon liqueur enhanced by premium Japanese muskmelons that can be enjoyed with juices, spirits and other liqueurs - a fruity sensation of fresh melons.
Midori® Melon Liqueur’s quality and delicious taste come from the blending of the juices of premium muskmelons — which are extremely rare in Japan. Grown in only one region of Japan, they are incredibly hard to find. Because of this, they can sell for as much as US $20,000 in their first harvest. In addition to their rarity, both musk melons are cultivated in rich soils to create the tastiest melons. By extracting the essence from two different Japanese melons using two different production methods, a premium melon flavor is born.
Midori® Melon Liqueur was inspired by a Japanese visionary. Shinjiro Torii, founder of Suntory, had a lifetime dream to create a colorful Western liqueur.
Hermes Melon Liqueur is brought to market in Japan.
IBA Cocktail Championship in Tokyo — U.S. delegates rave about Hermes Melon Liqueur.
Due to strong interest from top U.S. bartenders, Midori® Melon Liqueur is consumer-tested and launched in NYC (at this time, no such fruity liqueur exists in the USA). The same year that it is released, Midori® Melon Liqueur is the main ingredient highlighted in “The Universe,” a cocktail that wins first prize in the United States Bartenders’ Guild annual competition.
Since its release, Midori® Melon Liqueur continues to gain an outstanding reputation worldwide for its high quality and versatility.