Cocktail trends come and go, but the Japanese Slipper recipe shows that even drinks which can easily be ridiculed should be given a fair chance.
How to make the Japanese Slipper recipe
Japanese Slipper Ingredients
30ml Midori (or other melon liqueur)
30ml Triple Sec
25ml Lemon Juice
Add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well and then strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with a cocktail cherry dropped into the glass.
What does the Japanese Slipper recipe taste like?
It’s a very fruity cocktail – this much you’d expect from the inclusion of Midori melon liqueur.
However, the lemon lends a much-needed acidity.
It’s a perfectly pleasant drink for a summer’s day.
If you’re not phased by walking around with a fluorescent green cocktail that is.
Who invented the Japanese Slipper recipe?
The Japanese Slipper recipe was invented by Jean-Paul Bourguignon in Mietta’s Restaurant in Melbourne, Sydney.
Created in 1984, the Japanese Slipper cocktail was one of many so-called disco drink invented in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Bright colours and punchy flavours were all the rage during this era of cocktail history.
These drinks were often made with cream, and wouldn’t have looked out of place on a dessert trolley.
We’re talking classics like the Grasshopper, or the famous White Russian recipe.
If you like Pina Coladas (maybe without getting caught in the rain) then you’ll likely enjoy this style of drink.
Not all cocktails are created equal, and you’ll often find disco drinks hidden away at the bottom of a cocktail bar menu… if they serve them at all.
Though more traditional recipes and techniques came back into fashion in the early 2000s, some say the disco cocktail is having a comeback.
Why is it called a Japanese Slipper?
Midori is Japanese for “green” so it’s likely that the Japanese Slipper recipe takes its name from its bright green colour.
According to legend, a Midori sales rep brought a bottle of the green stuff into a Melbourne bar.
Bartender Jean-Paul Bourguignon quickly mixed lemon and triple sec, and the classic cocktail was born.
What should I drink next?
A Melon Daiquiri is an acquired taste, but the melon does work well alongside rum in the classic tropical cocktail.
Or, if you’re looking for something a little more understated, the Melon Negroni reduces the the gin, vermouth and Campari from the classic recipe, and tops up with melon liqueur and green chartreuse liqueur.