Kamikaze with Balalaika

Today`s post has very intresting name – Kamikaze with Balalaika…
It is clear in one`s mind – austere Japanese with russian folk musical
instrument. Great and beautifull picture, of course…


This two “real” cocktails have only one differences – juice. Balalaika is older cocktail than Kamikaze, and as balalaika has three strings it has three ingredients – vodka, cointreau, fresh lemon juice. Kamikaze include fresh lime juice instead lemon juice, and I have no idea as Balalaika turn into Kamikaze in this way.

Our goal on today`s frosty evening is a copmarsion of this cocktail.



25 ml vodka
25 ml Cointreau
25 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake vigorously and strain in cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon slice.


25 ml vodka
25 ml Cointreau
25 ml fresh lime juice
Shake vigorously and strain in cocktail glass. Garnish with lime slice.


  1. Both drink are admirable.
  2. Balalaika has reach smooth citrus taste and smell without perceptible spirituose smell. The taste and smell of Kamikaze are bright and refreshing. Kamikaze seems more strong, Balalaika more sweet.
  3. In my opinion Balalaika is a all-the-year-round aperitif – simple but great, Kamikaze is summer strong refresher drink.

Some notes:

  1. MUST! Use good premium vodka (non-flavoring of course!) and Cointreau.
  2. MUST! Use only fresh squeezed juice, not syrup or juice from pack or can (and use only fresh ripe fruits).
  3. IT IS GOOD! Chill your cocktail glasses in freezer.
  4. IT IS GOOD! Sip slowly and responsibly.
  5. IT IS GOOD! Take no more three or four for the evening…

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