I am so a Florida Keys girl! There is nothing I like better than a vacation in the Keys. And my favorite spot to plant myself for a week (although wishing for 2 or 3) has got to be Key West. Luckily we live just an 1-1/2 hours north of the closest key, Key Largo, and go down there for long weekends whenever possible, the rest of the time we trek all the way down, 90 miles from Cuba, to our laid back paradise of Key West. It’s still in the continental US but feels just like the Caribbean. (so wishing I was there!)
One of the first things I always order when arriving is a delicious frozen concoction, similar to a piÃ±a colada, called a Key Lime Colada. The first one I ever had was at Rickâ€™s Tree Bar on Duval and I instantly fell in love with the tartness of the key lime, the slightly creamy base, the hint of orange and the ice cold coolness of the cocktail.
Whenever I make this refreshing drink at home it reminds me our vacations there, the soft breezes, swaying palm trees, music floating on the air, key lime pie (of course) and all the fabulous times along Duval Street.
Rick’s Tree Bar wouldn’t divulge their recipe but, after some experimentation, I made one that was pretty darn close. And I sure had a fun time trying! (where did the weekend go anyway?) Keepin’ it cool!
More key lime recipes
Key Lime Pie Martini – Add a touch of the Florida Keys to your favorite martini! A refreshing cocktail that brings the tartness of key limes mixed with sweet vanilla. Itâ€™s like having your â€œpie in a glassâ€!
Key Lime Pudding Cakes – A creamy, sweet dessert thatâ€™s perfect for summer. A tart refreshing cake batter, flavored with key lime, magically bakes into two separate layers, a light airy sponge cake with a tangy custardy pudding underneath.
Chocolate Covered Key Lime Bites – Easy to make icebox treats for the heat of summer. They’re like bite-sized piece of key lime pie covered in chocolate. A little bit tart, a little bit sweet and a whole lotta cool chocolaty heaven in your mouth!
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Key Lime Colada
- 1 oz. Liquor 43
- 2 oz. Vanilla Rum
- 1 1/2 oz. key lime juice
- 1 oz. cream of coconut
- 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup ice
- Garnish: crushed graham crackers, slice of lime
- Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Prepare margarita or martini glasses by rubbing lime around the edge and dipping the rim in graham cracker crumbs.
- Divide mixture between 2 glasses and garnish with slices of lime.