Emerald Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:15%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Emerald Daiquiri is a vibrant twist on the classic Daiquiri, known for its striking green hue and melon flavor. It's a relatively modern concoction, gaining popularity with the rise of flavored liqueurs.

  • Origins: While the classic Daiquiri has roots in Cuba, the Emerald variant emerged as bartenders began experimenting with Midori, a melon liqueur from Japan.
  • Popularity: It's a hit at summer parties and is especially loved by those who favor sweet and fruity cocktails.
  • Audience: This drink is perfect for those looking to enjoy a tropical, refreshing cocktail with a unique twist.

How Emerald Daiquiri Tastes?

The Emerald Daiquiri is a delightful blend of sweet and tangy flavors. The Midori melon liqueur provides a candy-like sweetness, while the lime juice adds a refreshing citrus zing. The light rum underpins the drink with a smooth and subtle warmth.

Interesting facts about Emerald Daiquiri

  • Midori, the key ingredient, was first released at the famous Studio 54 nightclub in New York City.
  • The Daiquiri is named after a small village in Cuba.
  • The Emerald Daiquiri's vibrant color makes it a popular choice for St. Patrick's Day celebrations.


Midori Melon Liqueur

With its vibrant green hue and sweet melon flavor, Midori is the star that provides both name and signature taste to the Emerald Daiquiri. Without it, you'd just have a regular daiquiri, lacking that lush melodic melon solo.

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Cruzan Aged Light Rum

The rum is the backbone of any daiquiri. Cruzan Aged Light Rum offers a smooth, subtle woody note that harmonizes with the bold Midori and the sharp lime. Too much rum might make it boozy overkill; too little, and your cocktail could be mistaken for a melonade.

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Lime Juice

Lime juice injects a necessary acidity to cut through the sweetness, adding balance and pucker that keeps you coming back for more. Skip the lime and you might need to break out the insulin – it's that sweet without it!

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Ice Cubes

They're not just here to chill; they also dilute the drink to perfection as they melt during shaking. No ice, and you're looking at a potent, warm sip that misses that refreshing chill.

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Sugar (for rimming, optional)

The sugared rim is like the fancy hat on your cocktail—it's not essential, but it sure makes things prettier and adds a little texture contrast. You do you, though—au naturel is totally fine!

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Melon Wedge & Lime Wheel (for garnish)

Cocktail couture at its finest. The melon wedge is a hint at what's inside, and the lime wheel whispers 'citrus' all night long.

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Recipe. How to make Emerald Daiquiri Drink

  1. If desired, rim the edge of a chilled cocktail glass with sugar.
  2. In a shaker, combine Midori, rum, and lime juice with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a melon wedge and a lime wheel on the rim.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the cocktail glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • When rimming the glass with sugar, ensure it's only the outside to prevent the drink from becoming overly sweet.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi: The light, fruity notes of the Emerald Daiquiri would complement the delicate flavors of sushi, particularly those with avocado or cucumber.
  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus element of lime in the cocktail can bring out the freshness of grilled shrimp or scallops.
  • Melon Salads: To echo the melon notes in the Midori, try pairing with a fresh melon and feta salad.
  • Spicy Foods: The sweetness of Midori can help balance out the heat of spicy Asian or Latin dishes.
  • Light Desserts: Pair the cocktail with light desserts like sorbet or a fruit tart to enhance the sweet and fruity character of the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail, sparkling water is a great choice.
  • Cold Brew Green Tea: Non-alcoholic option that complements the herbaceous quality of melon-flavored drinks.

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What you could change in Emerald Daiquiri

  • Midori Melon Liqueur: Can be substituted with another melon liqueur if Midori is not available.
  • Cruzan Aged Light Rum: Any quality light rum can be used in its place.
  • Lime Juice: Fresh is best, but bottled lime juice can be used in a pinch.

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And of course - twists🍹

Coconut Emerald Daiquiri

Replace the light rum with coconut rum for a tropical twist that'll make you feel like you're lounging on a sunny beach. Expect an extra layer of coconut sweetness that playfully flirts with the melon.

Spicy Emerald Daiquiri

Muddle a slice of jalapeño pepper with the lime juice before shaking. This will give your daiquiri a fiery personality, adding a spicy kick that contrasts with the sweetness.

Hibiscus Emerald Daiquiri

Brew some hibiscus tea, let it cool, and use it in place of lime juice for a floral twist. The tartness of hibiscus will complement the sweetness while adding a beautiful red hue.

In case you forgot basics how to make Emerald Daiquiri

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Emerald Daiquiri

Is the Emerald Daiquiri suitable for non-alcoholic versions?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version by omitting the rum and Midori, and using a non-alcoholic melon syrup or juice in its place.

What type of glass is best suited for serving an Emerald Daiquiri?

A chilled cocktail glass, typically a martini glass, is ideal for serving an Emerald Daiquiri to highlight its vibrant color and maintain its temperature.

Can I make a batch of Emerald Daiquiris for a party?

Certainly! You can scale up the recipe and mix a large batch in a pitcher. Just add the ice and do the final shake or stir right before serving to keep it fresh and chilled.

What's the best way to garnish an Emerald Daiquiri if I don't have melon or lime?

You can use other citrus slices like lemon or orange, or even a sprig of mint for an aromatic touch.

How can I make a frozen version of the Emerald Daiquiri?

Blend the Midori, rum, lime juice, and a generous amount of ice in a blender until smooth, and then serve it in a chilled glass for a frozen treat.

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