About this recipe
So called after the Japanese suicide pilots who laid waste to Pearl Harbour during World War II, the word ‘kamikaze’ actually literally translates as ‘divine wind’, which is a fitting moniker for this cocktail. In its longer form it offers the same exciting burst of flavour as the shot, but delivered in a more rounded style.
The Kamikaze is made with equal parts vodka, Grand Marnier and lime juice, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled Highball or martini glass and garnished with a wedge or twist of lime. The most common adjustment to this recipe is increasing the amount of Smirnoff No.21 Vodka, but be sure that you maintain the tart balance of the lime juice as you add more base spirit. The Kamikaze can also be made with a great tequila, such as Don Julio Blanco, which takes it close to a Margarita. It’s why the shot version of the cocktail is sometimes known as a ‘bite-sized Margarita’.
The Blue Kamikaze is a tropical twist, made with the addition of Blue Curaçao and a dash of coconut liqueur for a colourful, exotic mix. Another variation is the SoCo Kamikaze, in which the vodka is replaced with Southern Comfort.
The Kamikaze is the ultimate party drink, best enjoyed with friends who love great cocktails – a Kamikaze pitcher will go down a treat.