Kamikaze Cocktail Recipe: A Classic Vodka-Based Drink
Calories: 77kcal
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
The Kamikaze cocktail is a classic drink known for its simplicity and delightful flavor combination of citrus and vodka. Originating from an American naval base in Japan after World War II, this cocktail has stood the test of time, becoming a favorite for its refreshing taste and easy preparation. Whether you're serving it up as a sophisticated cocktail or a fun shooter, the Kamikaze is sure to impress.


  • 30 mL Vodka
  • 30 mL Cointreau
  • 30 mL Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ice
  • Lemon or lime wedge for garnish


Chill Your Glass:

  • Start by placing a coupe glass in the freezer to chill. A cold glass will keep your cocktail chilled longer and enhance the drinking experience.

Combine Ingredients:

  • In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. These three ingredients contribute to the Kamikaze’s signature sweet, tart, and citrusy profile.


  • Fill the shaker with ice, securing the lid tightly. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to thoroughly chill the mixture and slightly dilute it, which softens the alcohol’s sharpness.


  • Strain the mixture into the chilled coupe glass. Straining prevents ice chips from entering the drink, ensuring a smooth texture.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish with a wedge of lemon or lime on the rim of the glass. This not only adds an aesthetic touch but also allows drinkers to adjust the citrus flavor to their liking.


The Kamikaze cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a drink that is both easy to make and refreshing. It’s especially popular as a party drink, served either in a coupe for a more elegant presentation or in shot glasses for a lively shooter experience. Its balanced mix of sweet, tart, and strong flavors makes it a versatile choice that’s well-suited for any occasion.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 77kcal (4%)Carbohydrates: 3g (1%)Protein: 0.1gFat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 35mg (1%)Fiber: 0.1gSugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 9mg (11%)Calcium: 4mgIron: 0.03mg
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage, Cocktail, Drink