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
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.