Prince William Reveals His Favorite Cocktail — The Kamikaze
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Prince William Reveals His Favorite Cocktail — A Vodka-Laden Twist on the Classic Margarita

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Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales visit The Indian Streatery, an authentic, family-run independent Indian restaurant based in Birmingham, England, Thursday, April 20, 2023. (Arthur Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)

Ahead of the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales discussed their favorite cocktails while visiting a string of restaurants in Birmingham.

Prince William and Kate Middleton made their first royal stop at The Indian Streatery, a local British/Asian fusion spot where they hunkered down in the kitchen and learned to make roti rolls.

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Britain’s Kate, Princess of Wales and Prince William roll out dough, during a visit to The Indian Streatery. (Arthur Edwards/Pool Photo via AP)

In addition to its critically acclaimed eats, The Streatery is best known for a wide range of cocktails named after various family members who run the restaurant. Naturally, Prince William was asked what cocktail he would create in honor of Kate Middleton.

William wasn’t able to think of one on the spot. Instead, he admitted his preference for vodka and said he usually enjoys the “silent but deadly” Kamikaze cocktail. Kate quickly added, “I quite like tequila.”

So what is the Kamikaze, you might ask?

Named after the Japanese term for “divine wind”, the Kamikaze is a simple three-part margarita that swaps out tequila for vodka. The cocktail is said to have been invented during WWII by an occupied American naval garrison stationed in Japan. Initially served as a shot, the Kamikaze reemerged in the 1970s as a full-fledged cocktail.

If you’re interested in making one for yourself, we’ve attached a quick and simple recipe below:

“The Kamikaze”


  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz Orange Liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • .5 0z Fresh Lime Juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shaking for 10-20 seconds until chilled.
  2. Strain into a glass and garnish with a lime wedge.

Between King Charles’ love for martinis and Queen Elizabeth’s proclivity for Dubonnet and gin, royal cocktails have cemented themselves as a sought-after favorite by home mixologists and bartenders across the world.

Before professing his affinity for the Kamikaze, Prince William once revealed his college-era love for the “Treasure Chest” — an £135 cocktail filled with peach schnapps, brandy and champagne served inside a literal chest.

Thankfully for us more casual drinkers, Prince William’s new favorite cocktail is a smidge easier to make at home.

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Pedro Wolfe is the managing editor of Tequila Raiders. With several years of experience writing for the New York Daily News and the Foothills Business Daily under his belt, Pedro aims to combine quality reviews and recipes with incisive articles on the cutting edge of the tequila world. Pedro has traveled to the heartland of the spirits industry in Tequila, Mexico, and has conducted interviews with agave spirits veterans throughout Mexico, South Africa and California. Through this diverse approach, Tequila Raiders aims to celebrate not only tequila but the rich tapestry of agave spirits that spans mezcal, raicilla, bacanora, pulque and so much more.