It’s Blue, It’s Cool, It’s the Blue Kamikaze Shot

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One of the oldest drinks dated by cocktail historians, the blue kamikaze shot (can also be arranged as kamikaze shot blue or just blue kamikaze) has been around since 1976, and branded as the original shooter cocktail. You can have the blue kamikaze in one gulp, thus the shot, or if you want to enjoy it a bit longer, you can have it as a cocktail. The kamikaze shot blue is actually a variation of the original kamikaze drink which is made up of equal parts of vodka, triple sec and lime juice. The blue one replaces the triple sec with blue curacao, hence the name. The other part of the name, “kamikaze” is a Japanese word that means “divine wind”, which was a commonly used word in World War 2 causing people to think that the drink was created in an American military base bar in Japan.

Its cool blue color fits its refreshing nature, with the complementing flavors of vodka, blue curacao and lime juice. It’s also a favorite among party goers as it only contains approximately 83 calories and the fact that it's contained in a shot glass. Fair warning though, don’t let these cool- looking shots fool you as they can be quite strong, containing 30 alcohol content, enough to make you intoxicated in several shots. The only way to truly enjoy it is to drink responsibly so you won’t have to face consequences. Here’s how to make the blue kamikaze:

Blue Kamikaze Shot Recipe

The name suggests that the drink is served in a shot glass, but the blue kamikaze can also be served as a cocktail, often served with a lime wedge. The shot and the cocktail have the same ingredients, they only differ in the manner of presentation and the measurements. But, whether the blue kamikaze is served in a shot glass or highball glass, it is guaranteed to give a night of fun and memories. You can also make the blue kamikaze easily at home if you have everything you need to make this fine drink. 

Blue Kamikaze Ingredients:

  • 1.6 oz. Absolut Vodka
  • 1.6 oz. Senior & Co. Blue Curacao
  • 1.6 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes

Blue Kamikaze Preparation:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure the vodka, lime juice, and blue curacao using a jigger and pour them all into the shaker. 
  3. Shake well for about 10 seconds. 
  4. Strain and pour the mixture into shot glass. Enjoy your blue kamikaze!

Recipe Variations

Among the list of alcoholic fruity drinks, the blue kamikaze is just one. There are other flavors that you ought to try and other ways beyond the shot glass in which you can indulge. Here are some of the prominent variations of the blue kamikaze. 

1. Electric Lemonade 

While the blue kamikaze is flavored with lime, this other mesmerizing blue drink gives a burst of lemon flavors that’ll sure to leave you electrified. 



  1. Add ice cubes into a tall glass.
  2. Measure the vodka, blue curacao, lemonade, and lemon-lime soda with a jigger and pour into the glass. 
  3. Top the glass with lemon lime soda. Garnish with a lemon slice. 

2. Kamikaze Cocktail

This is the original kamikaze cocktail which the blue kamikaze is derived from and calls for triple sec instead of blue curacao. And just like the blue kamikaze, this can also be served in a shot glass.


  • 1 oz. Ketel One vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes


  1. Add ice cubes into a shaker.
  2. Measure the vodka, lime juice, and triple sec with a jigger and pour into a shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain and pour the mixture in a coupe glass

3. Raspberry Kamikaze

Blue Curacao is what gives the blue kamikaze its cool hue. But raspberry-flavored kamikaze is obviously colored red and is a fun twist on a classic. Just add a handful of raspberries into the mix and enjoy. On top of that, this is also served in shot glasses which contributes to its cute look. 


  • 1 part Ketel One vodka
  • 1 part Cointreau Triple Sec
  • 1 part Fresh lime juice
  • Raspberries
  • Ice cubes


  1. Add ice cubes into a shaker.
  2. Measure the vodka, triple sec, and lime juice with a jigger and pour into a shaker. Add raspberries into the shaker and shake vigorously to break up the raspberries and extract juice. 
  3. Strain and pour the mixture into a shot glass.
4. Purple Kamikaze

Red plus blue equals purple. This recipe has the ingredients of a blue kamikaze that's added with grenadine syrup to get that gorgeous purple color. And purple looks good in a shot glass, doesn't it?


  • 2 oz. Ketel One vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Cointreau Triple Sec
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. Rose’s Grenadine syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Senior & Co. Blue Curacao
  • Ice cubes


  1. Add ice cubes into a shaker.
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour into a shaker. Shake vigorously. 
  3. Strain and pour the mixture into a shot glass.

5. Lemon Drop Shot

You may know this as an irresistible candy but it also has a liquid form. The citrusy flavor gives you that slight sting that gives you a whole new experience. It's like a simplified version of the blue kamikaze but in a decorated shot glass. 



  1. Rim a shot glass with a lemon wedge and dip it into a plate of sugar. 
  2. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the shaker. Add a teaspoon of white sugar. Shake well.
  4. Strain and pour the mixture into the shot glass. 
6. Cosmopolitan 

    In terms of color, this might be far off from the blue kamikaze. However, this is one of the ladies’ favorite to have on girls’ night. The Cosmo greatly blends the flavors of citrus and cranberry. It is less strong than the blue kamikaze, that's why it's in a coupe glass rather than a shot glass. 



    1. Fill a shaker with ice. 
    2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour into the shaker. Shake well.
    3. Strain and pour the mixture into a chilled coupe glass


    1. Q: Can I add triple sec to a blue kamikaze?

      A: You don’t have to since the blue kamikaze already contains the blue curacao which is similar to triple sec as they are both orange-flavored, the color is the only distinguishing factor. 

      2. Q: What is blue curacao and is it alcoholic?

        A: Blue curacao is a liqueur made from the peels of the laraha citrus fruit that is similar to an orange. It tastes both sweet and bitter and its blue color is from artificial food coloring. It contains about 15 - 40% alcohol content. Blue curacao is perhaps the most prominent liqueur used to make drinks blue such as the blue kamikaze. 

        3. Q: What can I substitute lime juice with?

          A: Lemon juice also works, but the traditional recipe calls for lime juice. 

          4. Q: Is Blue Lagoon the same with a Blue Kamikaze?

            A: No, while both use vodka and blue curacao, the blue lagoon uses lemonade whereas the blue kamikaze uses lime juice. 

            5. Q: How does a blue kamikaze taste?

              A: It tastes sweet and sour from the lime juice and blue curacao and a hint of spiciness from the vodka. 

              6. Q: How many shot glasses of the blue kamikaze can make me drunk?

                A: It depends on your alcohol tolerance, but the average drinker can be drunk after 3 shot glasses of this. Some drinkers can go up to 8-10 shots before getting drunk. 

                7. Q: Do the ingredients have to be equal parts?

                  A: The original recipe calls for equal parts but you can always alter it according to your preference, either using half parts of lime juice and blue curacao or just a half part of lime juice. 


                  There you have it, the blue kamikaze shot. It is super easy to make that only requires a few ingredients that you probably have on hand. Next time, you’re at a bar, don’t forget to order a shot glass of this or if you’re staying at home, make one for yourself. Also, don’t be afraid to try any of its variations because it’s a great way to know that this shot is versatile and that it can go well with other flavors and forms.

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