Japanese Sex Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

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 7, 2024


The Japanese Sex cocktail is a relatively modern cocktail, with no clear origin story. However, it's widely enjoyed by those who appreciate a fruity and refreshing drink. It's a popular choice in summer parties and beach bars, where its tropical flavors shine.

How Japanese Sex Tastes?

The Japanese Sex cocktail is a sweet, fruity and refreshing drink. It has a tropical flavor profile, with the pineapple juice and Malibu rum adding a hint of coconut. The Midori melon liqueur gives it a unique, slightly tangy taste.

Interesting facts about Japanese Sex

  • The Japanese Sex cocktail is not actually from Japan. The name comes from the use of Midori, a Japanese melon liqueur.
  • Despite its fruity flavors, this cocktail can be quite strong, thanks to the combination of vodka and rum.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a cherry or a slice of pineapple, adding to its tropical appeal.


A few good options for Japanese Sex are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The vodka acts as a clean canvas for the cocktail, adding the necessary alcoholic punch without overpowering the other flavors. Its neutrality allows the other ingredients to shine. Using more than 1 oz could make the cocktail too strong, less would be too weak. An alternative could be a floral gin which would add a botanical note.

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Malibu Rum

Malibu Rum infuses a smooth coconut flavor that gives the cocktail its tropical flair. Overdoing it may make the cocktail overly sweet and overshadow the melon and pineapple flavors. Instead of Malibu, you could use a plain white rum if you don't want the coconut taste.

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Midori Melon Liqueur

Midori brings a sweet melon flavor that defines much of the cocktail's character. It also imparts a vibrant green color. Use less, and you'll miss out on the distinct melon taste; use more, and it might become too sweet. If you want to experiment, try substituting with another fruit liqueur to change the profile.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice adds a tropical and tangy sweetness, enhancing the freshness of the drink. Too much can overpower the other ingredients while too little will make the drink less fruity. Mango juice could be an interesting alternative, offering a different tropical twist.

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Recipe. How to make Japanese Sex Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add vodka, Malibu rum, Midori, and pineapple juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry or a slice of pineapple.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to properly mix all the ingredients.
  • Serve the cocktail immediately after making it to ensure it stays cold and refreshing.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Sushi Rolls: The sweet and tropical flavors of this cocktail pair wonderfully with the subtle flavors of sushi, particularly those with avocado or tropical fruits.
  • Tempura Vegetables: The crisp and light aspect of tempura complements the cocktail's fruity sweetness.
  • Chicken Skewers: Savory skewers with a light glaze will enhance the cocktail's flavors without overpowering it.

Sweets & Desserts

  • Fruit Tarts: The bright fruitiness of the Midori and pineapple juice complements the sweetness of fruit-based desserts.
  • Lemon Sorbet: A light, citrusy dessert like lemon sorbet can cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Coconut-based desserts: The coconut flavor from the Malibu Rum will be highlighted when paired with coconut desserts, like coconut cream pie.

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What you could change in Japanese Sex

  • You can substitute the Malibu rum with any other coconut-flavored rum.
  • If you can't find Midori, you can use any other melon-flavored liqueur.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Refresh Twist

  • Add 2 slices of cucumber to the shaker.
  • Replace Malibu with Hendrick's gin to enhance the cucumber taste.
  • Muddle the cucumber slices before adding the other ingredients. The cucumber adds a fresh, spa-like quality to the drink and the gin's botanicals will make it more complex.

Spicy Saketini Twist

  • Substitute vodka with sake.
  • Add a thin slice of jalapeño to the shaker for a touch of heat.
  • The sake will tone down the alcoholic strength and introduce a rice flavor profile, while the jalapeño provides a subtle kick, taking you on a more adventurous journey.

Peachy Sunrise Twist

  • Use peach schnapps instead of Midori.
  • Add a splash of grenadine for a sunrise effect.
  • Peach schnapps bring a different fruit element that's both sweet and tangy, while grenadine gives the cocktail a beautiful gradient color and a hint of pomegranate flavor.

In case you forgot basics how to make Japanese Sex

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Japanese Sex

What is the best time to serve the Japanese Sex cocktail?

Japanese Sex cocktail is known for its fruity and refreshing taste. It is best served at summer parties, brunches or beach gatherings.

Can mocktail version of Japanese Sex be created?

Yes, you can skip the alcoholic ingredients like Vodka, Malibu Rum & Midori Liqueur and substitute them with non-alcoholic ingredients like coconut water, melon juice, and some lime. However, the taste may vary.

Are there any other variants of the Japanese Sex cocktail?

Yes, there are many variants of the cocktail using base spirits other than vodka, such as whiskey, gin, or tequila, based on personal preference.

Is Japanese Sex suitable for diabetics?

The Japanese Sex cocktail contains 22g of carbohydrates mostly from the sugars in the fruit juice and liqueurs, which could impact blood sugar levels. It's better to consult with your doctor or a dietitian if you are concerned about the sugar content.

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