I’m feeling nostalgic, maybe yearning for a lost bit of my misspent youth, or just missing old friends. Either way I jumped back to the early 90’s to college days for a Kamikaze.
We didn’t drink a lot of cocktails, unless you count Canadian Mist and Sundrop. For special occasions, like the odd weekend when the chief resident was away and we could sneak our lady friends in for coed parties, we would get fancy and make punchbowls of Long Island Iced Tea, but that’s a whole different drink and different kind of story. Somewhere along the way we acquired a taste for Kamikaze shots and added them to our pre-rehearsal or pre-show ritual. We thought we were really fancy using our jigger to mix drinks and all, even if it was just equal parts of vodka, triple sec and Rose’s Lime Juice. I haven’t had one of those in years, but I knew there was a cocktail version so I decided to give it a try.
Grab your tins and add 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, I went with Grey Goose, 1 ounce of Triple Sec, 1 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice and 2–3 stabs of Peychaud’s bitters. Shake over ice, double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lime wedge. Take a sip, note the cool complexity of this one. Try not to notice that this is just a margarita with the tequila swapped for vodka. Do think back to simpler times, having a way too sweet shot with friends, when your biggest care was getting to rehearsal or class both on time and sober. Well, sober enough. Stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.