- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
Pour vodka, lime juice, and triple sec into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass. Slam the Kamikaze and repeat.
The Kamikaze shot is the triad of vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. My Kamikaze is a pale white, because I use fresh lime juice. I’m not a huge fan of the bright green Kamikazes that you see made from sweetened lime juice; better ingredients make better drinks.
History of the Kamikaze
The story of the Kamikaze shooter begins in Boston, circa 1974. A bartender at the now shuttered Eliot Lounge by the name of Liam had a habit of topping his vodka drinks with a splash of triple sec. One such cocktail that received the triple sec treatment was Liam’s version of the Vodka Gimlet. This variation was eventually served in a beer mug. A Smirnoff representative must have been a frequent patron of the Eliot Lounge, because a few years later, advertisements appeared featuring the Boston barman’s creation. This time, the drink was no longer served in a mug, but in a shot glass, and it was dubbed the Kamikaze.