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Yuri Kato

the genius: Yuri Kato
Author, Japanese Cocktails, Chronicle Books
Media Julep, LLC

the inspiration: The yubari melon is one of the most expensive fruits in Japan and one melon could be sold for anywhere from $200 to $10,000. They are sometimes given as gifts to people who are really sick. What's remarkable is that Midori melon liqueur has a similar fragrance to the yubari melon. Some people might think Midori is tacky or they might be turned off by the color, but it's a spirit I like to mix cocktails with. The Midori Caipirinha is one of my favorites and in the summer time I like to pour Midori over shaved ice, it's so refreshing.