Key Lime Martini

Key Lime Martini

Recipes for Key Lime martinis abound.  Some contain vodka, some gin.  Also, to simulate the flavors of a key lime pie, some have you add cream and dip the glass into fine graham cracker crumbs.  Here are two favorites that are both tart and refreshing.

Key Lime Martini #1

2 oz. Charbay Key Lime vodka

2 oz. fresh sweetened lime juice

A key lime

Shake vodka and lime juice in a shaker filled with ice cubes.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Rub rim with cut lime and dip into superfine sugar.  Garnish with a lime wheel.

Key Lime Martini #2

1 key lime

Superfine sugar

2 oz .vanilla vodka

¾ oz. Licor 43*

Splash of pineapple juice

Cut a wedge of the key lime for garnish.  Rub another wedge on rim of a chilled martini glass.  Dip glass into sugar.  Squeeze the remainder of the wedge into a shaker filled with cracked ice..  Add vodka, Licor  43 and splash of pineapple juice.  Stir and strain into the sugar rimmed martini glass.  Garnish with wedge of lime.

*Licor 43 is a Spanish liqueur made of citrus and fruit juices flavored with 43 aromatic herbs and spices, including vanilla.

Photographer Bill Brady http://bit.ly/9wFYxm
Food Stylist Brian Preston Campbell

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