Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Amanda Elder, creative director, Pouring Ribbons, New York City

When I think of kamikazes, I think of puckery green shots, usually procured with fake IDs made as badly as the drink. But this version is almost elegant, a riff on a gimlet that I could sip all night. Elder gave the ’80s version an upgrade by switching vodka for gin and adding a dose of herbal Dimmi liqueur (in a pinch, swap in a good-quality dry vermouth). A half-rim of crazy-crackly Pop Rocks adds a surprising, whimsical touch.

“We used a variety pack of Pop Rocks, which included watermelon, strawberry and tropical punch, and all were as silly and delightful as the rest of the drink,” says Elder.

  • 1 lime wedge, to rim glass (optional)
  • Pop Rocks, to rim glass (optional)
  • 2 ounces Bombay Original London Dry Gin
  • ½ ounce Dimmi Liquore di Milano
  • ¾ ounce lime cordial, like 1883 Lime Juice Cordial Syrup (or recipe below)
  • ¼ ounce lime juice

To rim the glass: Pour Pop Rocks into a dish or shallow bowl. Cut a slit in the middle of a lime wedge and run it halfway around the rim of a coupe glass. Roll the moistened edge of the glass in the Pop Rocks to coat. Set glass in the freezer to chill.

In a cocktail shaker, combine remaining ingredients with ice. Shake well, and strain into prepared coupe glass.

Lime Cordial Ingredients
  • Peels of 3 limes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lime juice
Lime Cordial Directions

Muddle lime peels with sugar. Let sit overnight. Add lime juice to mixture, remove peels and whisk until incorporated. Decant into a bottle with a tight cover. Refrigerated, it will keep for up to 1 month.

Published on August 9, 2016
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net

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