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In the Limelight

by James O. Fraioli
Key Lime Martini
Photo by Tucker + Hossler

May in the Northwest signifies our weather is warming and boating season has officially begun. This gives us reasons to celebrate! Let’s raise a toast to our summer ahead with a decadent and delicious cocktail in hand. If you’re ready for a fun drink that’s rich and creamy, tart and tropical, and will actually prevent scurvy for you long-distance sailors, make one of these lip-smacking sippers for your next rendezvous or sunset cruise.

Combining the zesty essence of key lime with the sweetness of rum, banana, and coconut, this riff on the classic martini offers a refreshing burst of island flavor while the subtle green hue mirrors the exotic allure of its namesake fruit, evoking memories of weekend getaways, gin-clear waters, and endless beach parties. Served in a chilled martini glass and garnished with a lime wheel and graham cracker rim, this popular happy hour concoction is a must for any sweet-tooth cocktail connoisseur or boating aficionado seeking a delightful key lime indulgence in liquid form.

Key Lime Martini

Makes 1 cocktail

½ ounce light (white or silver) rum
1½ ounces KeKe Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur
½ ounce banana liqueur
½ ounce Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
½ ounce fresh lime juice

Honey and crushed graham cracker

Fresh lime wheel

Roll the rim of a chilled martini glass in some honey. Then gently roll the honey rim in crushed graham cracker and set the glass aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the rum, KeKe Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur, banana liqueur, cream of coconut, and lime juice. Shake well and strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel and serve.

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