The Kamikaze appeared on the drinks scene in the mid 1970s as a shooter, and was one of the very first mixed drinks to be served in a shot glass. The cocktail version is now listed by the International Bartenders Association as a New Era Drink, along with other modern classics like the B-52, Bramble, and Espresso Martini.
There are a whole variety of orange liqueurs on the market, and this is a good opportunity to look at the difference between them.
A traditional Curaçao is made on the island of the same name from Brandy and orange peels. This is an orange coloured liqueur, not the blue variety you’re probably more familiar with. Triple Sec was developed in France with less sugar than Curaçao which is why it’s called “sec”, meaning “dry”. Cointreau is simply an up-market brand of Triple Sec. Grand Marnier, on the other hand, is a blend of Triple Sec and Cognac. Clear?
What this means is that Cointreau can substitute for Triple Sec in any recipe because they’re the same thing. Grand Marnier, however, will bring a strong flavour of Brandy to your drink which can be overpowering in some cases. If you’re going to use Grand Marnier, cut back on the quantity and then add a little more if you like the flavour it is producing in your drink.
You’re going to want to stick with Triple Sec in your Kamikaze because it is the dominant flavour in a drink that packs the same punch as its namesake, the mighty Japanese “divine wind”.
Here’s how to make a Kamikaze:
- 30ml Vodka
- 30ml Triple Sec
- 30ml Lime Juice
- Slice of lime to garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
- Add all ingredients
- Shake vigorously
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with a slice of lime
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass