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Kamikaze Shot

Get the party started with the Kamikaze shot. Crafted from the simple blend of vodka, peach schnapps, and lime juice, this classic concoction has graced party scenes since the vibrant ’80s and continues to captivate today.

kamikaze shot with lime wedge

Savor the tangy burst of flavors, feel the party come alive, and let the Kamikaze shot weave its magic. Embrace the spirit of celebration and introduce your guests to this iconic libation. It’s not just a drink; it’s a vibrant testament to the art of revelry. Cheers to unforgettable nights and unforgettable moments.


The Kamikaze shot is a popular cocktail that was first created in an American naval base in Japan during World War II. The drink was originally a shot, but it became so popular that it was later adapted into cocktail form. The soldiers named it after the Japanese kamikaze bombers, who were known for their suicide attacks during the war.

kamikaze shot

The kamikaze bombers were part of the Empire of Japan’s strategy to defend their homeland against the Allied forces. The term kamikaze translates to “divine wind” in Japanese, and refers to a legendary typhoon that saved Japan from a Mongol invasion in the 13th century. The Japanese believed that the kamikaze was a divine wind that protected their country, and so they named their bombers after it.

The shot was named after these grim events, but it has since become a staple in bar and shot culture. 

How to Make It

kamikaze shot with lime wedge

Kamikaze Shot

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making a Kamikaze shot is quick and easy, and it only requires a few ingredients.

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Here's how to make it:


  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • ½ oz Peach Schnapps
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ice


  1. Add the vodka, peach schnapps, and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds until the ingredients are well combined and chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a shot glass.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.


If you want to add a twist to your Kamikaze shot, you can experiment with different flavors of vodka or liqueurs. For example, you can use blue curaçao instead of peach schnapps to make a Blue Kamikaze. You can also try adding a splash of melon liqueur to make a Melon Kamikaze.

If you want to make a larger batch of Kamikaze shots for a party, you can adjust the recipe accordingly. Just remember to keep the ratio of ingredients the same.

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If you’re looking to mix things up with your Kamikaze shot, there are plenty of variations to try. Here are a few popular ones:

Blue Kamikaze Shot

Swap out the peach schnapps for Blue Curaçao to give your drink a vibrant blue color. You could also add some Pop Rocks candy to the rim of your shot glass for an added pop of fun.

Raspberry Kamikaze Shot

Use raspberry-flavored vodka instead of regular vodka to give your shot a fruity twist.

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Green Kamikaze Shot

Replace the peach schnapps with Midori liqueur to give your drink a green hue and a sweet melon flavor.

Cranberry Kamikaze Shot

Add a splash of cranberry juice to your Kamikaze shot to give it a slightly sweeter taste and a pretty pink color.

Strawberry Kamikaze Shot

Use strawberry-flavored vodka and sweetened lime juice to give your shot a sweet and tangy flavor.

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