Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Weekly Nightcap: Key Lime Martini

i bet you thought i forgot all about the weekly nightcap . . . well, it's back and better than ever with the first ever sunday edition!

i have a thing for key lime pie.

there is just something about the balance between sweet, tangy, creamy, and crunchy gets me everytime. each bite makes me feel closer and closer to the beach. i can practically feel the sand between my toes, the salty breeze in my hair, and hear the waves crashing on shore by the time i finish off my slice.

it only seems suitable that key lime pie was my wedding cake. that's right, E and i had pie instead of cake on our wedding day. we still cut it together and enjoyed every bite. (in fact, i would say the key lime pie at the sand bar in anna maria island, fl - our wedding location - is in the top 2 best ever key lime pies!)

perhaps somewhere my love of key lime pie and my affection towards martinis found each other and made this - the key lime martini. yes, my friends, this could be the perfect drink.

you see, i have a little problem of always having to order the key lime martini when i see it on a menu. this has led to unfortunate instances of *gasp* having to endure a bad martini or two. some places just don't get it right. graham cracker crumbs on the rim? no thanks. extra thick and creamy? yuck! super sour? ugh!

fiVe, a martini bar just down the street from us (in lutherville, md) does it right. i am never disappointed by their key lime martini. however, for some reason, i didn't order it when E and i went there friday night. what is wrong with me?! instead, i got an underwhelming lemon drop. needless the say, i have learned my lesson and will get the key lime martini next time.

the other unfortunate side affect of not ordering the key lime martini at fiVe on friday? i have been subconsciously craving one ever since. this leads me to where we are now folks. me, sitting on the couch, 8pm on a sunday night, sipping a homemade key lime martini.

it's not quite as good as fiVe's, but it's pretty darn tasty. that's right - pretty. darn. tasty.

Key Lime Martini
serves 2

4 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz lime juice
2 oz pineapple juice
4 tbs cream of coconut (not coconut milk, try coco real cream of coconut)

combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. shake well and strain into 2 martini glasses. garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

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