|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||13%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 39mg||196%|
|*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.|
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
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec
Dash of lime juice
Lime wedge, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker pour the vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. Fill with ice.
Strain into a shot glass.
Garnish with a small lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.
- 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.
- 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.