Japanese Slipper Cocktail Recipe

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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 7, 2024


The Japanese Slipper cocktail was created in 1984 by Jean-Paul Bourguignon at Mietta's Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. It is said that the drink was inspired by the Japanese culture and fashion, particularly the traditional Japanese footwear, the slipper. The cocktail quickly gained popularity and is now enjoyed by people all around the world.

  • The Japanese Slipper is a popular choice for those who enjoy fruity and refreshing cocktails
  • The vibrant green color of the drink is reminiscent of the lush green landscapes of Japan
  • The cocktail has a sophisticated and elegant presentation, making it a popular choice for upscale events and gatherings

How Japanese Slipper Tastes?

The Japanese Slipper is a sweet and tangy cocktail with a fruity and refreshing taste. It has a smooth and velvety texture, with a hint of sourness from the lemon juice and a subtle sweetness from the Midori and Cointreau.

Interesting facts about Japanese Slipper

  • The Japanese Slipper is often served in a martini glass, giving it an elegant and sophisticated appearance
  • The cocktail's vibrant green color comes from the Midori, a melon-flavored liqueur
  • Despite its name, the Japanese Slipper does not actually originate from Japan, but rather from Australia



Midori is a vibrant melon liqueur with a sweet and fruity flavor. It's used in a 30ml measure to give the Japanese Slipper its iconic green hue and fresh melon notes. If you skimp on it, you'll miss the signature flavor and color; too much and you'll overwhelm the drink's balance.

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Cointreau, a type of triple sec, is a clear orange-flavored liqueur. It provides a zesty citrus kick and balances with Midori's sweetness. 30ml keeps the drink harmonious; use more, and it overshadows the melon, use less, and the drink lacks depth.

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Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for its tangy zing that contrasts with the sweet liqueur components. 30ml is the perfect amount to cut through sweetness while not making the cocktail too sour. Less and the sweetness might dominate; more, and it could become too tart.

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Maraschino Cherry

The cherry provides an aesthetically pleasing garnish that offers a subtle hint of almond-like flavor when eaten with the drink. It's the finishing touch that also gives a nod to classic cocktail presentation.

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Recipe. How to make Japanese Slipper Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add 30ml of Midori, 30ml of Cointreau, and 30ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry on a cocktail pick

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure the ingredients are well combined
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor
  • Chill the martini glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi Rolls: Midori's melon flavor complements the delicate umami of sushi.
  • Fried Calamari: The crisp acidity of lemon juice cuts through the richness.
  • Cheese Platter: Cointreau's citrus notes can balance both soft and hard cheeses.


  • Lemon Sorbet: Enhances the citrus notes in the cocktail.
  • Fruit Tart: Harmonizes with the Midori's sweetness and the Cointreau's orange flavor.
  • Dark Chocolate: Provides a rich contrast to the cocktail's bright and tangy profile.

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What you could change in Japanese Slipper

  • You can substitute Midori with another melon-flavored liqueur if it's not available
  • Triple sec can be used as a replacement for Cointreau
  • If you don't have a maraschino cherry, a lemon twist can be used as a garnish instead

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Green Tea Slipper

Use green tea liqueur instead of Midori for an earthy twist. The cocktail will have a subtle herbal note and a less sweet profile.

Slipper Royale

Float a splash of Champagne on top for a fizzy, celebratory variant. It adds a touch of luxury and dryness, lightening up the sweetness of the liqueur.

Spicy Slipper

Muddle a small piece of jalapeño in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. It'll give a spicy kick that plays well with the sweet and sour flavors, perfect for those who enjoy a little heat.

In case you forgot basics how to make Japanese Slipper

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 Japanese Slipper

What is the origin of the name 'Japanese Slipper'?

The Japanese Slipper was named in honor of the Japanese culture, specifically the traditional footwear, the slipper. Despite its name, this cocktail was actually created in Australia.

What type of alcohol is Midori?

Midori is a sweet, bright-green colored, muskmelon-flavored liqueur produced in Japan. It is typically used in cocktails for its vibrant color and refreshing taste.

What does Cointreau taste like?

Cointreau is a type of triple sec liqueur known for its bitter orange flavor. It's sweet but also has a dry and crisp taste from the oranges.

Can I mix the ingredients in a glass instead of a cocktail shaker?

While it's possible to mix the ingredients in a glass, shaking the cocktail in a shaker allows the ingredients to fully combine and become chilled. This can result in a better taste and presentation.

Why garnish with a maraschino cherry?

The maraschino cherry adds a pop of color and a hint of sweet, fruity flavor. It also adds elegance to the presentation of the cocktail.

What occasions best suit a Japanese Slipper cocktail?

Given its elegant presentation and vibrant color, the Japanese Slipper is a popular choice for celebrations, parties and other upscale occasions.

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