With the warmer weather finally coming I've been trying to make a few fun beverages each month. I like to come up with new beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, as something a little different to enjoy on the weekends. It's fun to use seasonal fruits in new drinks.
I usually can't find fresh key limes in my area but I was recently sent some from Melissa's Produce and I wasn't about to waste them. One of my favorite cocktails to make with lime is a mojito. Searching for mojito recipes I came across one for a Key Lime Pie Mojito. It sounded really delicious and I knew it would be perfect for sipping out on our porch.
I needed to go to the liquor store for a few of the ingredients and just didn't have anytime to do it. I finally managed to run on my lunch time one day since the liquor store is close to my work. Notice I didn't say my lunch hour. I only get 30 minutes for lunch each day so it's often hard to run out and get anything done in that amount of time.
I actually made this cocktail twice because the directions said to add heavy cream. In my head I knew there was no way key lime juice and heavy cream were going to mix but I tried it anyhow. Cue instant curdling. I knew better and I did it anyway. It's like I think it's going to work this time every time I try. I ended up eliminating the cream and it worked perfectly the second time around.
The graham cracker crumb rim adds a lot of flavor and reminded me of key lime pie. The vanilla vodka worked well with the fresh key lime juice. I didn't have any fresh mint ready in my garden yet so I had to buy some at the store but it was pretty strong and worked well. I loved the tart lime with the sweet simply syrup and the vanilla vodka. It all really worked together and did taste like a key lime pie! This is the perfect warm weather sipper.
- 2 graham crackers, crushed
- 2 oz. simple syrup
- 6 oz. key lime juice
- 4 oz. vanilla vodka
- a handful of fresh mint
- soda water
- Put a little simply syrup around the rim of two tall glasses.
- Dip the glasses into the graham cracker crumbs to rim the glasses.
- Fill the glasses with ice.
- In a shaker combine the simply syrup, key lime juice, and vanilla vodka. Shake well and pour over top of the ice in the glasses, filling about halfway full.
- Tear the mint leaves and place them into the glasses.
- Top the glasses with soda water.
- Stir with a straw and enjoy!
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