We love the Florida Keys and there is nothing better than their famous key lime pie and anything that tastes like it! If you’ve never been to the Keys it is somewhere you should put on your 100 places to visit before I die. It is a string of laid back islands, full of interesting characters, calm, clear waters that are excellent for snorkeling, diving or fishing, home to artists and musicians and where you will find some of the best seafood in the states. Oh, and of course, the original “bestest” key lime pie (and key lime pie on a stick – that’s key lime pie, frozen & covered in chocolate – OMG!) and the most perfect tropical weather for growing our treasured key lime trees.
We actually have our own cute little key lime tree in our backyard and, when it’s producing, I’ve got all things key lime coming out of my kitchen, including this Key Lime Pie Martini! What kinds of things you ask? Things like Key Lime Coolers, Key Lime Cake and Key Lime Swirl Brownies are always popular and it’s not just desserts either! No way! Any kind of fish dish is great with a little tartness added, just take our Key West Style Striped Bass as a good example of what you can do with these little beauties.
I kind of got carried away didn’t I 🙂 but key limes do that to me. Maybe you’ve never even heard of a key lime, have you? They are not exactly the easiest fruit to find in a grocery store but, if you’re looking, they’re about the size of a golf ball and look like little miniature Persian limes but with more of a yellowish hue. They are also a little stronger in their lime flavor and just a mite bit tarter.
OK, now I’ve just got to share my recipe with you. And, believe it or not, it tastes just like key lime pie in a glass. Yep, you’ve just got to try it to believe it! A friend, now a very good friend (lol), gave me this recipe that he had received from the White Tarpon, a restaurant/bar in Key West, that specializes in this cocktail. And yes, it really does taste just like key lime pie even down to the graham cracker crumbs on the rim and the big dollop of whipped cream that you can add to the top. Woohoo! Now who’s joining me for a cocktail? Cheers!
Key Lime Pie Martini
Key Lime Pie Martini
- 2-oz. vanilla vodka
- 1-oz. Licor 43
- 1-oz. Rose’s lime juice
- 1-1/2 oz. sweet & sour bar mix (see easy recipe below for your own homemade mix)
- Garnish: graham cracker crumbs, lime slices, vanilla ice cream
Sweet & Sour Bar Mix
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lime juice
- 1 cup lemon juice
Prepare bar mix by heating sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in lime and lemon juice then store in refrigerator. Make sure it is cool prior to mixing with cocktail.
To make martini, add 1/2 cup of crushed ice to a shaker then pour in martini ingredients and shake well.
Prepare martini glasses by rubbing rims with a slice of lime then dipping into graham cracker crumbs. Pour drink into glasses, garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!