Key Lime Martinis

Here is a martini for those that say they don’t like martinis.  This is refreshing and will make a liar out of martini haters.  Summer evenings, happy hour, or  after dinner drink.  This recipe does include some basics for making martinis in general.  Enjoy!!

 

Key Lime Martini

  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1.5 ounces coconut rum
  • .5 ounces pineapple juice
  • .5 ounces lime juice
  • 1 graham cracker
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1 aluminum cocktail shaker
  • 1 martini glass
  • Ice

 

  • Fill the martini glass with ice; pack it tight and splash some water in it. This chills the glass itself, making the Key-lime pie ice cold, which is the only way to drink it.
  •  Pour the vanilla vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice and lime juice into the cocktail shaker and shake it very thoroughly. Shaking is a trick of the trade; mixing the liquors and juices as thoroughly as possible will blend the flavors–and textures–to give the cocktail that unique flavor. Too much pineapple or lime juice will dilute the combination of the flavors in the liquors, making the martini too sweet, or what’s worse, too weak.
  • Empty the ice from the martini glass and run the lime slice around the rim. Squeeze the lime a little bit; you want the juice to cover the rim. Next, crumble the graham cracker into fine crumbs, as close to the texture of breadcrumbs as possible. Cracking it under a plate or with a muddling tool works well. Place the rim of the martini glass into the graham cracker crumbs and spin it in circles until the crumbs cover the lime juice that rims the glass.

  • Strain the cocktail out of the shaker into the graham cracker rimmed martini glass. Garnish with the squeezed lime wedge. The cocktail itself should fill the glass up to the graham cracker crumbs, but not over them. A few crumbs floating in the drink is okay, but you don’t want too many.  
  • What do you think?