Many people think of pies when you mention a recipe with Key Lime as the main ingredient. . . well, I’m here to change your thinking!
This fun and fresh recipe is perfect for cooling down on hot summer nights and adding a little spunk to your backyard parties!
I have to warn you that juicing key limes the old fashioned way is a bit like trying to milk a gnat, but the pay off is well worth it.
I would highly recommend purchasing a Chef’n FreshForce Lime Citrus Juicer from Sur la Table trust me . . . you’ll be grateful you did!
This recipe requires two others; simple syrup and key lime infused vodka.
Let’s start with the Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Bring water to a rolling boil and add sugar.
- Mix until sugar is completely dissolved and remove from heat.
- Set aside and let cool.
- Once mixture is cool, store in glass bottle in the refrigerator.
This process takes the most time. With citrus flavors like the key lime the infusion process takes from a few days up to a week.
- glass jar
- key limes
- Cut key limes into thin slices, removing the seeds
- Place key limes in glass jar (depending on how much you intend to make is up to how big your jar is!)
- Cover key limes with vodka and seal jar.
- Wrap jar in cloth and store at room temperature (I put mine in the garage which stays somewhat cool)
- After 3-7 days remove lime slices and pour infused vodka into recycled wine bottle. Top with a cork and keep refrigerated.
Key Lime Tini
The recipe is simple enough :
- 2 oz of fresh key lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz of key lime infused vodka
- cocktail Shaker (mine is a vintage Loft)
- chilled martini glass
- In cocktail shaker filled with ice add all ingredients
- Shake vigorously until it is nearly painfully too cold to hold shaker
- Strain mixture into chilled martini glass
- Add a slice of a key lime as garnish
- relax and enjoy!
What summer libations are your favorite?
Do you infuse your own spirits? What flavors work best for you?