Cocktails/ Common Man Cocktails

How To Make The Pearl Harbor Cocktail

Tasting Notes: Sweet, but not as sweet as originally expected. Midori doesn’t impact the sweetness as much as it would had you used more, a good balance. Very light and pineapple driven without super sickly sweet taste.

A classy classic cocktail with creative yellow and green colors. Really easy to make, garnish is exceptionally tasty. This is a nice dessert cocktail or a cocktail to start the night with a light body that doesn’t get over thick or creamy like a shaken pineapple drink typically does. The vodka hides well in this drink and, without the midori compliment the drink would be fairly boring and straight forward.


  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Midori
  • Top with Pineapple Juice


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    Eric Sadoyama
    May 30, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I’m from Honolulu and back in the early to mid 1980s I drank a lot of Pearl Harbors. The proportions I knew are a little different: 1 part Midori, 4 parts vodka, 5 parts pineapple juice. As I heard it, the origin of the name is twofold. First, it’s murky and green, like Pearl Harbor used to be back then (it’s cleaner now). And second, there’s a sneak attack. 🙂

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