Kamikaze Cocktail – Original Recipe & History

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Kamikaze Cocktail
Kamikaze Cocktail

The History Of The Kamikaze Cocktail

The Kamikaze was most likely invented in the early 1970s. In the October 1979 issue of Ski Magazine, on page 78, an article by Peter Miller Provides quite a bit of information about the Kamikaze cocktail. Miller states the kamikaze first came out of Florida in the early to mid-1970s and moved to New York. Once it became popular in New York, the cocktail spread to the rest of the country. The Kamikaze became particularly popular in the ski resorts of North America. The Kamikaze is named for its strength and the idea that it’s a one-way trip once you start to drink them. Miller provides the oldest known recipe for the Kamikaze.

  • 1.5 oz of prechilled Vodka
  • A dash of lime juice
  • 1 drop of Cointreau

The cocktail is not mixed with ice as the ingredients are already pre-chilled in the freezer. Combine in the glass and serve.

The oldest reference I can find to the Kamikaze cocktail is in a 1975 public state disclosure of different companies marketing records. In 1975 Montebello Brands Inc began selling a premixed bottled cocktail called the Original Kamikaze Cocktail, a mix of vodka, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Montebello has no official product page for the product, but it can be seen here on Wine Chateau. Most likely, the mixed drink came before the pre-mixed bottle, but this shows that by 1975 the cocktail was well known enough for a pre-mix to sell.

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How to make a Kamikaze cocktail.


  • 1 dash Lime Juice

  • 1 dash Orange Liqueur

  • 1.5 oz Vodka


  • Combine pre-chilled ingredients in a shot glass.
  • Larger versions can be served in cocktail glasses.

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