Kamikaze (cocktail)

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IBA official cocktail
Kamikaze cocktail, served straight up in a cocktail glass.
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard garnishLime slice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
IBA specified
PreparationShake all ingredients together with ice. Strain into glass, garnish and serve.
TimingAll Day
dagger Kamikaze recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Kamikaze is made of equal parts vodka, triple sec and lime juice. According to the International Bartenders Association, it is served straight up in a cocktail glass.[1] Garnish is typically a wedge or twist of lime.


According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the Kamikaze shot first appeared in 1976 and may have been the original "shooter" cocktail. [2]
The Kamikaze was invented on a Monday night in Canoga Park California in 1975. The shot was named after a doorman named Peter who was “Oriental”. Here is how it became the first true shot. A few of the staff were sick with the flu; Dean Groover, Peter and one other. The Bartender's name was O.B. and Dean asked O.B. for some shots of Peppermint Schnapps for him and the other sick staff. After a few shots Dean asked O.B. to come up with something different as the Schnapps was not working. After a few back and forth suggestions, Vodka was agreed on as the main ingredient and then Triple sec was added and after a few more shots and a few more collaborations between O.B. and Dean, Roses Lime juice was added and then a few more shots were consumed. Dean requested that the shot glasses be chilled, and the mix be shaken like a martini. Then several shots were consumed, and everyone was feeling great and ready to work. Peter said he needed to go to the restroom and as he tried to move away from the bar his foot got caught on the foot rail and he went crashing, face first, to the floor. O.B. and I looked at each other and then at Peter on the floor. Dean and O.B. looked back at each other and at the same time said Kamikaze. Thus the name from our Oriental friend Peter who crashed to the floor.


"Kamikaze" () is a Japanese word literally meaning "divine wind".


Dozens of variations exist in online databases today.[3] It is also possible to add cane sugar.

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  1. ^ "International Bartenders Association - Official Cocktails". Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Kamikaze shot". Bevvy.
  3. ^ Drink nation . com: Kamikaze cocktail recipe variations

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