|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 18mg||92%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The key lime pie martini is one of the great joys that came out of the vodka martini craze of the last few decades. It is delicious, inviting, and it's very tempting to have more than one.
If you enjoy the occasional piece of a key lime pie, then you have got to try this martini. It is a sweet, fruity mix of pineapple and lime backed up by vanilla vodka and triple sec. The really interesting aspect is the graham cracker rim, which finishes off the pie experience perfectly.
Crushed graham crackers, for rimming
1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce triple sec liqueur
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/2 ounce lime cordial
Gather the ingredients.
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with finely crushed graham crackers (wet the rim with a citrus wedge or quick dunk in a dish of lime cordial).
In a cocktail shaker, pour the vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice, and lime cordial. Fill with ice.
Strain into the cocktail glass. Serve and enjoy.
The key lime pie martini is easy to make and you can improve it with a little attention to each of the ingredients.
A clear vodka is an option for this cocktail, but vanilla vodka makes it just a little bit better. That hint of sweet vanilla in the background brings balance to the drink and marries the pineapple and lime perfectly.
If you want to experiment with other vodkas, use a plain cake or whipped cream vodka like Pinnacle Whipped or Three Olives Cake. These have those same sweet properties of vanilla and won't disturb the key lime pie taste with unnecessary flavors.
The Orange Liqueur
Triple sec is one of the most common orange liqueurs available. Skip those $5 bottles and upgrade to something that's a little more refined. Investing in a good triple sec like Cointreau or Marie Brizard is going to be useful in your bar and improve all of your cocktails, from the margarita to the sidecar.
Other orange liqueurs that can also be used. Stick with one of the light ones (in both color and flavor). A good curacao would be an excellent choice.
The Pineapple Juice
Fresh juice is best but you will need a good juicer to get it out of a pineapple (unless you feel like doing a lot of work with your muddler and strainer).
When buying pineapple juice, look for the smallest cans possible. Unless you are serving key lime pie martinis to a crowd, this will help avoid waste. Opening one 6-ounce or 8-ounce can is better than 64 ounces because pineapple doesn't keep as well as other juices, particularly in the cans it typically comes in.