I’m reviving my “kamikaze queen” status with these cranberry kamikaze shots, a fun take on a classic shot or cocktail. They’re perfect for New Year’s Eve!
It was my dad on the other end of the line. “Is this a good time to chat, or are you in the middle of dinner?” he asked. “Oh no, Steve and I are just doing cranberry kamikaze shots,” I said.
You see, these are not words that typically come out of my mouth. We’re getting older…we don’t bounce back from this sort of behavior as well as we did in our college days. But taste-testing was necessary. We were taking one for the blog.
In fact, I decided it was my time to revive my “Kamikaze Queen” status, if just for five minutes. It’s been years since I mixed martini shakers-full of kamikaze shots for my restaurant co-workers, unbeknownst to the owner of the restaurant.
But even though I rarely indulge now, kamikazes are still one of my favorite cocktails and shots.
While I am a sucker for the classic combination of lime, vodka and triple sec, I thought it would be fun to mix things up for New Year’s Eve. Instead of sweetening the cocktail with a traditional simple syrup, I added a splash of cranberry juice. If you prefer a touch more sweetness, feel free to add some simple syrup. (See my original kamikaze recipe for the proportions.)
How to make cranberry kamikaze shots:
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the lime juice, cranberry vodka, triple sec, and cranberry juice.
Shake well, about 15 seconds, to chill the mixture. Strain into a highball or martini glass for a single drink or, if you prefer, into 4 separate shot glasses.
Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve cold.
Other cocktail recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail
Cookin’ Canuck’s Pink Grapefruit Greyhound Cocktail
A Thought For Food’s Pomegranate “Manhattan”
Creative Culinary’s Hot Buttered Rum
Noshing with the Nolands’ Cherry Noir Noel Cocktail
Cranberry Kamikaze Shots or Cocktail Recipe
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 ounces cranberry vodka
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the lime juice, cranberry vodka, triple sec, and cranberry juice.
- Shake well, about 15 seconds, to chill the mixture. Strain into a highball or martini glass for a single drink or, if you prefer, into 4 separate shot glasses. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve cold.
This post was first published on December 26, 2013 and updated on December 21, 2020.
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