Bold Kamikaze Shot Recipe (2024)

This Kamikaze shot recipe creates a bold and zesty libation with an equally zesty appearance!

Smooth vodka, sweet Triple Sec, and a burst of citrusy lime juice are shaken and poured into little shot glasses.

Colorful, fun, and tasty! Enjoy responsibly!

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What is a Kamikaze Shot?

  • Just three easy ingredients make this kamikaze shot recipe a must-have for any home bar set-up!
  • If you’re a seasoned mixologist or just starting to explore co*cktail making, the Kamikaze is a cinch to prepare and always a crowd-pleaser!
  • Vivid colors and quick prep make kamikazes the perfect choice for pre-gaming a night out or game night in!
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Ingredients and Variations

Super adaptable kamikazes always start with vodka as the primary alcohol, but you can experiment with the other ingredients as long as the ‘sweet-tart’ result is achieved. Be sure the vodka is extra chilled for best results.

Vodka: This is a drink that calls for higher-end, smoother vodka. Flavored vodka like vanilla, whipped cream, or even grapefruit will add extra flavor without extra sweeteners or calories.

Triple Sec: Liqueurs like Blue Curacao and Grand Marnier can be switched out if Triple Sec isn’t available.

Citrus: Sweetened lime juice is the fave, but lemon juice will work in a pinch. Bottled or fresh lime juice can be used in place of sweetened, but you’ll definitely want to add some simple syrup to the shaker or coat the rims in sugar to offset the tart flavor.

Variations: Add some sugar to the rim of the glass or a shot of simple syrup to sweeten the drink and make it a little more mellow.

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How to Make Kamikaze Shots

  1. Add all ingredients to a co*cktail or chilled mason jar and shake vigorously (proportions are in the recipe below.)
  2. Pour into shot glasses and serve with a wedge of lime.

How To Make A Kamikaze Jello Shot!

  • Stir vodka and triple sec into your favorite flavor of Jell-O (lime, strawberry, raspberry) dissolved in water.
  • Add sugar, if desired.
  • Pour into shot glasses and refrigerate.
  • Garnish with sugar and enjoy responsibly!
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Tips and Tricks

  • Always start with extra cold ingredients and chilled shakers or glasses.
  • You can substitute bottled or fresh lime juice in place of the sweetened lime juice. In this case, be sure to add simple syrup to the shaker, or coat the rims in sugar, to help sweeten it up a bit.
  • Kamikazes are strong and guests might want to “lighten the load” so let them add their own shot of “extra” vodka – ¾ teaspoon can be added if desired.
  • To mellow the shot a little:
    • Add sugar to the rim. Do this by adding a little sweetened lime juice to a small bowl or plate and sugar to another. Dip the rim of each shot glass into the lime juice and then dip it into the sugar. Pour and garnish per usual.
    • Garnish with rock candy swizzle sticks to sweeten the drink, or a maraschino cherry on a pick. Even sugar-coated gummy bears make super fun garnishes and add to the fun vibe of celebratory kamikazes!
    • Add sweetened lime juice as preferred. Or choose to leave it out and allow each person to add to their own shot (the recipe given adds ¾ teaspoon to each shot).
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Kamikaze Shots

Indulge in the intense combination of vodka, triple sec, and lime juice, found in this Kamikaze shot recipe!


Prep Time 2 minutes minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes minutes

Total Time 2 minutes minutes

Servings 4 shots

Author Candace


co*cktail shaker , or glass


  • 6 ounces vodka chilled
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec chilled
  • ½ ounce sweetened lime juice or to taste, chilled
  • 4 slices fresh lime optional, for garnish
  • 1 cup ice *if ingredients are not chilled


  • To a co*cktail shaker or glass jar*, add vodka, Triple Sec, and sweetened lime juice. Shake for a few seconds.

  • Pour into shot glasses. Garnish with fresh lime if desired and serve!


  • Nutrition calculated with regular lime juice, and without any garnishes.

*Add ice if the ingredients are not chilled.

  • Adding ice to the shaker will add bubbles to the shot. This changes the look of it (but not the taste).
  • For a clear shot, refrigerate ingredients and don’t use the ice.

To make a single shot:

  • 1½ ounces vodka, chilled
  • ½ ounce Triple Sec, chilled
  • ¾ teaspoon sweetened lime juice, or to taste, chilled
  • 1 slice fresh lime, optional, for garnish
  • ½ cup ice, *if ingredients are not chilled

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 143 | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 0.05g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.02mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Drinks

Cuisine American

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How do you mix Kamikaze? ›

It doesn't get much simpler--or easier to remember--than the recipe for the kamikaze co*cktail. Equal parts lime juice, triple sec, and vodka are shaken over ice and served straight up.

Is a vodka gimlet the same as a Kamikaze? ›

A gimlet was either well gin or vodka, and because of the poorly made liquor, it needed an addition of lime juice to make it palatable. After the war, Cointreau was introduced to the world. This was added to the Gimlet and the Kamikaze was born. Cranberry juice was added at a later date to make the drink we know today.

Why is it called a Kamikaze shot? ›

The Japanese named this sweet and sour drink a Kamikaze, which translates to "divine wind". It was coined in the 12th century to describe a tremendous storm that destroyed a Mongolian armada and stopped Japan from being invaded. This drink has a strong acidity with a tinge of sweetness.

What is in a mind eraser shot? ›

  1. 1 oz Kahlúa.
  2. 1 oz Absolut Vodka.
  3. 1 oz Club Soda.

What is a kamikaze shot made of? ›

The Kamikaze is made of equal parts vodka, triple sec and lime juice. Garnish is typically a wedge or twist of lime. Kamikaze (神風) is a Japanese word literally meaning "divine wind".

What is a blue kamikaze shot made of? ›

1. Pour 4 ounces chilled vodka into a co*cktail shaker. 2. Add 4 ounces chilled blue curacao.

What is a kamikaze shot? ›

The word “kamikaze” is Japanese for “divine wind.” The Kamikaze co*cktail recipe contains equal parts vodka, triple sec, and lime (similar to a Margarita, which uses tequila as its base liquor). Sometimes blue Curaçao liqueur is added to this classic co*cktail in place of triple sec to turn it into a Blue Kamikaze.

What's the difference between a cosmopolitan and a kamikaze? ›

At its core, the Cosmo is just a kamikaze (an equally terrible co*cktail name that just means vodka, sugar and lime) with a couple of small tweaks. Simple syrup is swapped out with triple sec for a touch of citrus, and a splash of cranberry is added for tartness. That's it.

What is the difference between lemon drop and kamikaze? ›

If you are hosting a party this is an easy co*cktail shot to make multiple shots at one time. Just double, triple, or more the recipe when making it. The Kamikaze Shooter is very similar to the lemon drop shot. The only real different is the lime juice versus lemon juice.

What gets you drunk the fastest? ›

Hard liquors can get you drunk faster than beer or wine, as they have a higher alcohol content. Doing shots can be particularly useful, as you'll be absorbing high alcohol products very fast. Vodka in particular has been shown to increase the speed of intoxication.

What is the strongest shot? ›

1. Polmos Spirytus Rektyfikowany Vodka. The world's strongest liquor is a rectified Polish spirit typically used by home distillers to create their own flavored vodkas. You can drink it straight, but since it's practically pure alcohol, it has a powerful kick so it's generally not recommended.

What's the easiest shot to take? ›

The vodka cranberry syringe shot is so easy anyone can pull it off and it's quite amusing. Cranberry vodka and citrus soda are the only ingredients you'll need. Instead of drinking this one, you'll just squirt the vodka into your mouth then chase it with the soda.

What is in a rubber ducky shot? ›

The Rubber Ducky shot at Dirtbag's is infamous and delicious, starting out sweet and then kicking you swiftly at the end. A combination of 99 Bananas, Bacardi 151, Watermelon Pucker and orange juice ensures that despite its adorable name, this shot doesn't mess around.

What is a Jolly Rancher shot made of? ›

What is a Jolly Rancher shot made of? A Jolly Rancher shot is made with vodka and flavored schnapps. Match the flavor of schnapps to your favorite Jolly Rancher candy.

What soda goes good with Kahlua? ›

Important, fill the glass with ice to the brim. 2. Add Kahlua, then vodka and top off with club soda.

How do you play kamikaze game? ›

Aim, shoot at the blocks in each level and feed these hungry creatures. Use your tank to expel the aliens. Be careful don't shoot at your allies. In this game similar to Tetris you'll have to match like-colored tiles.

How do you mix flavored vodka? ›

How we do it: Our flavoured Vodkas work really well in fruity punch co*cktails. We simply balance the vodkas with a splash of citrus and a bit of sugar before lengthening with chilled tea. Combine ingredients, stir over ice then garnish with seasonal fruit and mint leaves.

What is the best mix for Smirnoff? ›

Pour Smirnoff Vodka into a chilled highball glass full of fresh ice cubes. Add Cranberry juice and top up with chilled tonic. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass, drop in and stir. Served in a highball glass.

How do you mix liqueur? ›

Generally, you will add 1 jigger of liqueur to 8 ounces (230 g) of a mixer. Depending on the brand you buy, it may be a little sweeter or a little spicier, per that manufacturer's recipe.


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