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Kamikaze Cocktail

kamikaze cocktail

We had the opportunity to go to San Antonio for their annual Cocktail Conference recently, and one thing I heard a little bit about in the seminars was “redeeming” cocktails from the 1990s, the over-juiced, over-sweetened decade that just about killed cocktails as we know them.

The Kamikaze is a cocktail/shot that got popular during that Dark Decade and I was excited to recently read 12 Bottle Bar‘s redemptive re-do of the recipe in their book. You see, the usual recipe for the Kamikaze is equal parts vodka, lime juice, and triple sec, which is a little bit like a margarita, but the proportions are off-kilter because the booze ratio is half what it should be. Give this one a try and I think you’ll find it balanced, tart, and refreshing:

Kamikaze (12 Bottle Bar version)

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • garnish with a lime wedge


Clique Vodka

clique vodka

Clique Vodka is a newer brand that’s really embraced the times it’s in. Their Twitter handle @cliquevodka is printed right on the black bottle, and they’re promoting a hashtag of #cliqueshots to feature folks drinking Clique or holding their bottles of Clique.

All that considered, it’d be easy point to Clique as all style and no substance, a marketing plan in high gear. The biggest question to ask about Clique, then, is “how does it taste?”

It’s actually quite good – a touch fruity with traces of berries, and minimal alcohol burn. It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely worth $16. Try Clique in this pleasantly sweet vodka cocktail:


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • shake with ice, then serve on rocks
  • garnish with a lime wedge