As Christmas gets closer, I wanted to share with you a cocktail recipe that I think looks very festive with red and green colours. I can’t claim the Japanese Slipper cocktail recipe as my own, but I am borrowing it to include in my post today.

I used maraschino cherries or glace cherries, and managed to track down ones with the stems still intact. The stems make it easier to fish the cherry out of the bottom of your cocktail glass to eat when you have finished your drink. I don’t normally like maraschino cherries, but there is something kitch and appropriate about their bright red colour and candy like taste in this drink.

I’ve given quantities for one drink, but you can of course scale depending on how many you are catering for.

If limes are hard to come by or expensive, you could substitute lemon juice, or use half lemon and half lime juice.

Japanese Slipper


  • 1 maraschino cherry with stem
  • 30mls lime juice
  • 30mls Midori melon liqueur
  • 30mls Cointreau liqueur
  • Ice


  • Add a cherry to the bottom of your serving glass, I like to use a martini glass, but you could use a champagne glass or whatever else you think will look good.
  • Fill up your cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add the lime juice, Midori and Cointreau to the cocktail shaker
  • Shake until everything is combined and chilled
  • Strain your cocktail into the glass, keeping the ice out of your drink. Your cocktail is ready to serve. Enjoy.

Japanese slipper cocktail

What is your favourite Christmas cocktail? Has this post inspired any new ideas?


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