I told you I would be back with more key lime goodness, didn't I? A cocktail seemed like a great way to test out the true versatility of these little limes. They are so stinking cute and have such a lovely color, I figured they would work perfectly in a refreshing little cocktail.
And they totally did.
Lets just say that these went down a little too easily. Yes, they were that tasty.
I have been a simple syrup craze lately in that I have been throwing anything I can get my hands on into some water and sugar and boiling it for a bit. For some reason this process of infusing a simple syrup with the flavors of fruits and herbs fascinates me. I feel another kick coming on. Brace yourself for a parade of simple syrup recipes. And what better way to use a delicious and refreshing syrup than to put it in a lovely little beverage?
I guess dousing a mini cheesecake in syrup is also a good way to use it up, too. You know, if you're into that sort of thing.
Also, with Valentine's Day coming up next week, it might be convenient to have a few new cocktails up your sleeve. This Key Lime Kiss Martini brings a kiss of tart key lime, the sweetness of pineapple and a soft aromatic note of vanilla. All in all, quite the satisfying little sip.
Now, if you'll excuse me. I have a bottle of key lime simple syrup burning a hole in my fridge that I must do something about.
Key Lime Kiss Martini
Makes 1 cocktail
2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
2 1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz key lime simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 key lime
Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka, triple sec, pineapple juice and key lime simple syrup. Top with lid and shake well and until liquid is chilled. Strain into cocktail glass and finish the cocktail with a squeeze of juice from half a key lime. Garnish with a thin slice of lime and serve.
Key Lime Simple Syrup:
In a small sauce pan, place 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 2 key limes that have been thinly sliced. Bring to a boil and allow mixture to boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to for 5 minutes. Strain out lime slices and any seeds and allow syrup to cool completely. Syrup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.