17 Green Cocktails And Mocktails For Your St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

The kamikaze may not quite have achieved the status of classic cocktail yet, but it’s certainly been around for a good long while. While the name harks back to World War II, The Spruce Eats says the drink itself may date from the ’70s. This makes sense, since in 1946 not too many people would likely have been amused by the thought of a drink named after Japanese suicide bombers. By the disco days, however, people may have found the name less offensive.

Making a kamikaze couldn’t be simpler: just mix equal parts of vodka, triple sec, and lime juice over ice and strain into a cocktail glass or even a shot glass. As you may have noticed, the basic recipe is almost like that of a margarita, only with vodka in place of the tequila, and no salty rim. In fact, if you want to play up on the sweeter flavoring found in the triple sec, you could even do a sugar-dipped rim. As to the kamikaze’s coloring, if you make it with a bottled, sweetened kind of lime juice like Rose’s, it’ll be pretty green. If you use fresh lime juice, instead, the green will be much paler. Feel free to green up your drink with a drop or two of food coloring, if you like, since St. Patrick’s Day comes but once a year.

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