TBT Classic Cocktail #18: The Kamikaze!


Happy Thursday, readers!

Before we get started, some clarification: no, we are not about to make the deadly shot of the same name that is most often drunk by 20 year olds in Miami on spring break. This is the actual original cocktail — the shooters and the various brightly colored drinks you may be thinking of are all derivative.


Great, so let’s get down to business.

The Kamikaze is actually a more modern version of an even older drink called the Balalaika, and has been described as the vodka margarita or vodka daiquiri.

Although it’s name suggests a drink that will make you forget your own name, the reality is that (made correctly) a Kamikaze does not really have more or less liquor in it than other drinks.

And coincidentally, it happens to be delicious.

So, for your Kamikaze, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz lime juice

That’s it! This drink is simply equal parts vodka, triple sec, and lime. Nothing else.

Gather your ingredients, plus your cocktail shaker, fruit press, jiggers, and martini glass.

First, fill your martini glass with ice to chill.


Next, squeeze your lime and put your 1 1/2 oz of juice into your shaker glass.


Now add your triple sec.


And top it all off with your vodka!


Now fill your shaker tin 2/3 full of ice, pour over your ingredients, and shake for 30-60 seconds.


Remove the ice from your martini glass, and pour in your drink!


Garnish it with a lime wedge, and you are good to go.


A deliciously tarte drink that is just about as easy to make as they come.

Enjoy, everyone!


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