Kyoto Cocktail / Evergreen

As you may have noticed, this is the first 2 part cocktail recipe. I’ve done this for a reason, which i’ll explain shortly.

I’ll start with the Kyoto Cocktail, so named I imagine because it’s a rather fetching luminous green colour thanks to the use of Midori melon liqueur, which incidentally is one of the best liqueurs on the market in my humble opinion. Now this is not a cocktail for either beginners or the faint of heart;  with the use of 3 different, and strong, alcohols and just a dash of something non-alcoholic, it has an extremely strong flavour which may take some getting use to.

Personally, I quite enjoy a hard cocktail normally but this one is a little underwhelming considering the ferocity of the appearance. Yes, it’s strong and yes, it uses one of my favourite liqueurs, but it’s surprisingly tasteless. You’ll drink it and think of the weather and what housework you have to do and other boring adult-y stuff because it just doesn’t have any sort of ‘WOW’ factor to excite your taste buds.


Godzilla is both the same colour and more interesting than this drink.


Now for the Evergreen cocktail.

This is actually a variation of the Kyoto Cocktail; it follows the same recipe and ingredients list, but with a few small extras at the end. You garnish the drink with a cocktail cherry, add a dash of blue curaçao to give it a gradient effect and voilà, you now have yourself an Evergreen cocktail! A simple twist, but makes quite a difference visually.

The additions of the cherry and the blue curaçao certainly improve the drink in all aspects, but it still doesn’t really elevate the cocktail above ‘good’ status. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to make one unless, perhaps, I had a new gin that I thought could vastly improve the quality. Still, that would be a very rare occurrence as there are far too many cocktails out there to try before coming back to tinker with past recipes. I do suspect the gin does change this drink significantly though as I have made an Evergreen previously and distinctly remember it being better. The jury is out on whether the drink was actually better though, or whether i’ve now become acclimatised to a better standard of drink.

I think i’ve officially tried and failed to not sound completely conceited, but hey ho, moving swiftly on to the score!


Less godzilla, more art student.

The Recipe (Kyoto Cocktail):

♦  1 ½ ounces gin

♦  ½ dry vermouth

♦  ½ melon liqueur

Dash of fresh lime juice

Shake the ingredients together and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.

The Recipe (Evergreen):

♦  Cocktail cherry

Dash of blue curaçao

As above, but add the cocktail cherry and then finish off with the blue curaçao and leave unstirred.

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