In my never-ending quest to slurp down more martini's than anyone in North Florida, I have come up with my own variation for the Key Lime Pie martini. There's a lot of recipes out there for Key Lime Pie libations but I tend to mix up whatever I have on hand and it usually turns out pretty tasty. Here's how I make my Key Lime Toonie:
First, you must make the graham cracker crumbs to rim the glass. I had plain graham crackers on hand since I don't like sugared ones so I pulverized a few graham crackers and added a little ground cinnamon and a little bit of sugar. I rimmed the glasses with lime and then dipped the rims into the graham, cinnamon and sugar crumb mix.
Into your biggest shaker that is filled about 2/3 of the way with ice add a 12 count of vanilla flavored vodka. I do a three count ounce so that's 4 ounces of vanilla vodka. Add the juice of 1/2 large lime (about 2 -3 ounces). Strain it through a little strainer so you don't get any seeds in the shaker. I didn't have any key limes on hand so I just used a regular lime. Key limes are small so if you use them you may need more than one. For good measure, I also added a splash of Rose's Lime, about an ounce. Now, add a half a small can of Coco Lopez sweetened real coconut cream, about 4 ounces. Put the lid on that shaker and rock and rattle until your husband comes rushing into the room to see what's shakin.'
Strain into large rimmed martini glasses,
garnish with a chunk of lime and enjoy.
Key Lime Pie Martini
* Flavored rum would be good instead of vanilla vodka. But you do need a vanilla flavor so if you don't have vanilla vodka or you decide to use rum, add a little - maybe a 1/4 teaspoon, of vanilla extract.
* Don't skip the graham cracker crumbs on the rim of the glass. That's what makes it taste just like Key Lime pie.
* We liked this cocktail but found it too sweet for the cocktail hour. Save it for an after dinner drink.