Friday, 23 May 2014

Friday Cocktail: Midori Splice Cocktail

Midori Splice - just like a Pine Lime Splice only better!

Many of you will not have heard of the Midori Splice cocktail before - I think it's an Aussie thing, much like chicken salt, Fantales, Cheezels and 'goon'.

Having taken inspriation from the Pine Lime Splice - an Aussie delight of ice cream on a stick covered in a frozen fruit flavoured ice - the Midori Splice recreates the textures and flavours in one delicious, summery adult drink.

The Pine Lime Splice is my childhood. Growing up I spent many days on the beach - sun on my skin and wind in my hair - and more often than not there was ice cream involved. The Splice was my number one choice for so long I can't even remember, and even now a visit home isn't complete without one.

Living in the UK, it's been too long since my last Midori Splice cocktail, but on a recent trip to Asda I spotted the luminous green Midori bottle out of the corner of my eye and I had a sudden urge to make one.

Midori, which helpfully means 'green' in Japanese, is a sweet melon flavoured liqueur around 20% abv. Given it's so sweet, it's not normally drunk neat, but rather mixed with lemonade, lime juice, pineapple juice or used as part of a cocktail (we've used it before in a June Bug and it makes great green Halloween cocktails!)
 Its vivid green colour makes it truly unmistakable and its vibrancy and tropical flavour makes it perfect for summer.

Midori Splice cocktails for two - just add sunshine!

For two Midori Splice cocktails you'll need:

  • 4 parts Midori melon liqueur (£11 at ASDA)
  • 2 parts coconut flavoured rum or liqueur (a 35cl bottle of Malibu is on offer at £6.50 from ASDA too at the moment...)
  • Pineapple juice to top
  • Coconut cream to float on the top
  • Ice cubes to shake

It's super easy...

1. Add Midori and coconut liqueur to a cocktail shaker with some ice
2. Shake it, shake it until combined
3. Pour into a tall glass or jar
4. Fill to the top with pineapple juice
5. Over the back of a spoon, add a tablespoon of coconut cream so it floats on the top
6. Add a couple of straws and enjoy

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