You could make the argument that no cocktail in the history of humankind has as strong an association with debauchery as the kamikaze. Of course, at Amoretti, we care about craft and gourmet – not drinking contests. So, if you’re interested in learning how to make a kamikaze that will never find itself on the “Specials” blackboard of your nearest college watering hole, then stick with us.
- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 pump Amoretti Premium Jasmine Syrup
- 2 lime wedges.
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rubbed with lime wedge. Garnish with a second lime wedge.
What is a kamikaze?
“Hold up,” you say. “What is a kamikaze in the first place?” The kamikaze was created in Boston around 1974. One of the bartenders of Eliot Lounge (now closed) had the habit of adding a dash of triple sec to his vodka drinks. One day, the bartender added a splash of triple sec to a vodka gimlet. The kamikaze was born.
Over the years, the kamikaze moved out of the larger drinking glasses into smaller shot glasses. But why the name ‘kamikaze’? Drink enough of them and you’ll see just how potent they can become!
The Kamikaze / Margarita Connection
You might take a look at the ingredients in a kamikaze (keeping in mind that Amoretti Premium Jasmine Syrup is non-essential), and notice that they bear a striking resemblance to another drink: the margarita. The Kamikaze is essentially the same as a margarita; it simply calls for vodka instead of tequila.
When you learn the cocktail families and know how to classify drinks, you’ll start seeing all kinds of connections. Take the Rob Roy, for example. The Rob Roy is a basic scotch, vermouth, and bitters drink. However, it’s only one step away from becoming an Affinity Cocktail, one step from being a Manhattan, and two steps from being a Perfect Manhattan. Learning about the basic building blocks can help you become a master mixologist in no time!
Jasmine: One Hard to Find Floral Syrup
If you want to really personalize your kamikaze cocktail recipe, then we recommend picking up a bottle of Amoretti Premium Jasmine Syrup, one hard to find floral syrup you won’t see anywhere else. A little breath of summer, Jasmine is the perfect ingredient to lighten up the kamikaze!