Kamikaze Shooter

Kamikaze shooter with lime slice in a heavy-bottom cocktail glass

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
171 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 39mg 196%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 138mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The kamikaze shooter is one of the most popular vodka shots to order in a bar. It's made of vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. The taste is a little sweet with a punch of tartness, and it's a ton of fun at parties. Best of all, this tasty little drink is very easy to make at home, and you can shake up an entire round in no time.

The story goes that the kamikaze was developed in Japan sometime after World War II on a U.S. naval base. When vodka became the liquor of choice for many drinkers in the 1970s and '80s, the shot became a staple in U.S. bars, and it remains a favorite today. There are also colorful kamikazes and quick ways to give it a flavor boost. The shot even inspired the popular kamikaze cocktail, which is essentially the same drink in a cocktail glass and with more lime juice.

If you like, the lime wedge can be used like the lime or lemon that is served with a tequila shot. Take a bite of the wedge after drinking to add even more pucker to the experience.


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"There were two shooters you had to know as a bartender in the early 2000's: the Lemon Drop and the Kamikaze. While only separated by the use of lemon or lime juice, they are deliciously different. The Kamikaze shooter is a tart, tangy tipple that is so enjoyable you might as well make a full one." —Sean Johnson

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  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec

  • Dash of lime juice

  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for kamikaze shooter recipe gathered

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  2. In a cocktail shaker pour the vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. Fill with ice.

    Cocktail shaker filled with cocktail ingredients and strainer lid on top

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  3. Shake well.

    Cocktail shaker closed with lid; lime slices on a plate to the side

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  4. Strain into a shot glass.

    Kamikaze shooter in heavy-bottom cocktail glass with lime slices on plate

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  5. Garnish with a small lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

    Kamikaze shooter with lime slice garnish in heavy-bottom cocktail glass

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  • Fresh lime juice adds a tart kick that makes this shot great (and led to its name). The dash should take nothing more than a squeeze of a wedge (about 1/4 ounce) but add a little more if you like.

Recipe Variations

  • You may like a kamikaze made with equal parts of the three ingredients (1/2 ounce each for a standard shot). Or try it with 1 ounce of vodka and 1/2 ounce each of the triple sec (orange liqueur) and lime juice.
  • Some people like to use sweetened lime juice (e.g., Rose's) or sour mix rather than fresh lime. With either of these, you lose some of that lime bite.
  • Switch out the triple sec for blue curaçao, and you have a blue kamikaze. Same great flavor, just a different color.
  • If you can find green curaçao (it's rare but out there), you'll enjoy a green kamikaze. A splash of melon liqueur can offer the same color with an extra layer of fruit.
  • Pour any flavored vodka you like in the kamikaze. It's a quick way to give it a flavor twist. This simple switch is often the secret to producing cranberry kamikazes and raspberry kamikazes (two popular bar shots). Other flavors work, too, so pour whatever vodka you have in the bar.
  • UV Blue Vodka will create a blue raspberry kamikaze, and UV Green makes a green apple kamikaze.

How Strong Is a Kamikaze Shot?

The kamikaze not only has a flavor punch, but it also comes with an alcohol kick. On average, this drink's alcohol content is 29 percent ABV (60 proof), making it rather potent. Do be warned that kamikaze shots will get you drunk quickly.