Kamikaze Shooter

Kamikaze shooter

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
186 Calories
0g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Protein 1g
Calcium 44mg 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 lemon served with a tequila shot. Take a bite of the wedge after drinking to add even more pucker to the experience.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • Dash lime juice
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for kamikaze shooter
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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, triple sec, and lime juice.

    Cocktail shaker
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  3. Shake well.

    Kamikaze shooter in a cocktail shaker
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  4. Strain into a shot glass.

    Kamikaze shot with lime on the side
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  5. Garnish with a small lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

    Lime wedge garnish
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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 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 vodka and 1/2 ounce each of the 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 clear orange liqueur 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.