Kamikaze Cocktail


Published: 12/22/23

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The Kamikaze cocktail is a combination of vodka, lime juice, and orange liqueur and it belongs to the sour family of cocktails, skillfully balancing sweet and sour flavors to create a refreshing experience.

The Kamikaze shares its roots with the classic Margarita, but its unique identity emerges from the choice of base spirit. By substituting tequila for vodka, the Kamikaze takes on a distinctly different character. Vodka, with its lack of pronounced flavor, allows the tangy bite of fresh lime and the nuanced sweetness of orange liqueur to take center stage.

The history of the Kamikaze cocktail is shrouded in mystery, with competing claims about its origin. Some attribute its creation to American servicemen stationed in Japan after World War II, while others suggest that it emerged as a popular shooter in the 1970s and 1980s. Regardless of its exact origins, the Kamikaze has evolved over the years, adapting to the changing preferences of cocktail enthusiasts.

In its early days, the Kamikaze was often consumed as a shot, reflecting the trend of the time where quick, strong drinks were in vogue. However, as the craft cocktail movement gained momentum, the Kamikaze transitioned from a mere shooter to a well-balanced and thoughtfully crafted cocktail served in various settings, from trendy bars to upscale establishments.

Kamikaze Recipe

  1. 45 ml vodka

  2. 22.5 ml triple sec

  3. 22.5 ml fresh lime juice

  4. Ice

  5. Garnish: lime wedge

kamikaze cocktail recipe

How to Make a Kamikaze Cocktail

  1. Add the vodka, triple sec, and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a martini glass.

  4. Garnish with a lime wedge.