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Start to Finish: 5 minutes, plus 20 minutes for making the sour mix Servings: 1 Difficulty Level: Beginner

Sweet and citrusy, a Kamikaze shot packs a punch. Most Kamikaze shots call for a combination of vodka, triple sec and lime juice. Replace syrupy triple sec with a homemade sour mix made with fresh-squeezed orange juice to freshen up the flavor. Pace yourself when consuming these flavorful shots or they will sneak up and hit you like a Kamikaze pilot.

Sour Mix Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, strained of pulp

Sour Mix Directions

Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a pot.

Boil until all of the sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently.

Remove the pot from the heat and pour the mixture into a container.

Add the orange juice and stir to combine. Let it cool before use.

Store homemade sour mix in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Drink Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce homemade sour mix

Drink Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds, or until well-chilled.

Strain the drink into a shot glass.

Variations and Substitutions

Make a shot your own with flavored vodkas. Berry-flavored vodkas pair beautifully with citrus and allow you to create one-of-a-kind variations. Give raspberry-, blueberry-, strawberry- or cherry-flavored vodkas a try.

Customize to taste. Play around with the ratios of the ingredients to suit your preferences. Increase the amount of sour mix if you prefer it sweeter, or increase the amount of lime juice if tartness suits your palate. When making the sour mix, reduce the amount of sugar to 3/4 of a cup if it’s too sweet, or add 1/2 cup of lemon or lime juice to boost the citrus flavor.

Invite other alcohols to the party. A 1/2 ounce of blue curacao creates a stunningly blue lemon Kamikaze shot, while a 1/2 ounce of cherry or raspberry Schnapps provides a bright red hue.

Don’t fret if fresh fruit isn’t available. In lieu of fresh-squeezed lime and orange juice, use bottled lime and orange juices or look for frozen fruit concentrates. Add splashes of other fruit juices, such as cranberry, to kick up the flavor and color.

About the Author

Christina Kalinowski

Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.