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Kamikaze
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4.41 / 5
The Kamikaze is a vibrant and refreshing cocktail with a sharp, citrusy flavor profile that makes it a popular choice for those who enjoy tart and potent drinks. Comprising equal ... more The Kamikaze is a vibrant and refreshing cocktail with a sharp, citrusy flavor profile that makes it a popular choice for those who enjoy tart and potent drinks. Comprising equal parts vodka, lime juice, and Triple Sec, this cocktail marries the clean bite of vodka with the sweet and zesty notes of Triple Sec, further amplified by the acidic punch of fresh lime juice. Its simplicity in ingredients allows each to stand out, providing a balanced and bracing drinking experience. Traditionally served in a cocktail glass and often garnished with a lime wheel, the Kamikaze is not only a treat for the palate but also presents an elegant appearance.
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26.67% | 2.4 units *

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Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Kamikaze cocktail is a study in balance, as the punchy tartness of lime juice cuts through the potent, clear bite of vodka, while Triple Sec brings a welcoming sweetness that ties it all together. This drink is a delightful sharp shock to the senses, best enjoyed by those who appreciate a robust, citrus-forward cocktail that doesn’t shy away from showcasing its spirited constitution.

Method
How to make a Kamikaze

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lime wheel and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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Delicious! I actually made a shot version of this!

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Kamikaze cocktail?

The Kamikaze cocktail is believed to have originated in the late 1970s to early 1980s. It's named after the Japanese word 'kamikaze', meaning 'divine wind', which refers to the suicide attacks by military aviators from the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in World War II. The cocktail likely gained popularity in the United States as a shooter before becoming a well-known cocktail served in bars around the world.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Kamikaze?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Kamikaze by substituting the alcoholic components with non-alcoholic alternatives. For example, instead of vodka, you can use a non-alcoholic spirit or seedlip. For the Triple Sec, consider using a non-alcoholic orange-flavored syrup. The lime juice remains the same, keeping the characteristic citrus flavor of the cocktail.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to serve the Kamikaze?

The best way to serve a Kamikaze is chilled, in a cocktail glass. The ingredients should be shaken with ice and then strained into the glass to ensure it is cold and refreshing. Traditionally, it is also served as a shooter, meaning the entire drink is downed in one gulp, but enjoying it from a cocktail glass allows for a more leisurely consumption.

FAQ

What variations of the Kamikaze are there?

Several variations of the Kamikaze exist, altering either the ingredients or the proportions. Common variations include the Blue Kamikaze, where blue curacao replaces Triple Sec for a fruity flavor and a vibrant blue color. Another popular variation is the addition of cranberry juice, which adds a tart sweetness and a reddish hue to the drink. Experimenting with different citrus juices besides lime, like lemon or grapefruit, is also a popular way to create variations.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Kamikaze compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 26.67%, the Kamikaze is considered to be on the stronger side among classic cocktails. This is due to it being composed entirely of alcoholic ingredients, unlike other cocktails that may include non-alcoholic mixers to dilute the strength. It's comparable to other strong cocktails like the Martini or Manhattan but is more potent than many highball drinks or cocktails with a significant amount of mixer.

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