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The Kamikaze is a cocktail consisting of vodka, triple sec, and lime. The lime is most commonly Rose's Lime Cordial (as in the Gimlet), but fresh lime juice can also be used.


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Classic Cosmopolitans. Restaurants Hospitality, April, 2001, by Robert Plotkin:

"In the 1980s the Gimlet morphed into the Kamikaze, the ultra popular cocktail made with vodka, Rose's lime juice, and a shot of Cointreau. Even now in its third decade, an icy Kamikaze in classy stemware is a 'can't miss' proposition."


"a Kamikaze was originally simply a shot of cheap vodka that had been doctored with a few drops of Rose's lime juice as a smoothing agent. As cheap vodkamakers started adding sugar and citric acid on their own to the bottles, the practice became less popular. People forgot why you'd add such a small amount of Rose's to a Kamikaze and so it turned into another name for a Gimlet. Somewhere along the line someone added some triple sec, and you got the new Kamikaze." - Mbanu, Webtender Forum.


Recipe 1: Cheryl Charming

  • 1 1/2 Vodka
  • 1/2 Triple Sec
  • 1/4 Rose's Lime

Shake with Ice, and strain into Rocks glass.

Recipe 2: Dale DeGroff, King Cocktail

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1/2 Rose's Lime Juice
  • 2 Lime wedges

Squeeze lime wedges into a mixing glass and drop them in, add ingredients and ice. Shake well and serve in 4 one ounce shot glasses. Or serve as a cocktail in a chilled martini glass.

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