Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman



So cold, so much snow, can’t get Key West off my mind.

I must, but before I do, one final post and a cocktail, the Key Lime Martini (shot with my iPhone in a dark bar). Donna and Abby (of Spaceman Spiff) once tried to recreate this but couldn’t get it right; we all got too drunk trying and had to give up. I thought it impossible to make outside Key West, but one of the boys, Jason, said he makes these for himself and his wife Kristi every weekend. His recipe is below. Or you can watch below as the wonderful Ramsey pours one at the White Tarpon, a beloved watering hole in Key West, if you don’t mind the poor lighting.

The sweet and sour mix Ramsey uses is Daily’s, Jason tells me. Jason uses Mr. T’s. I know, I know. There’s also that Rose’s lime juice in there as well. But it is what it is. For a homemade sweet and sour mix, combine lemon and lime juice with an equal part of sugar. That said, the drink only tastes the same with the pre-made stuff. I love to make potato chips. But I also love Pringles. So shoot me.

OK, time to get back to winter, but will be having one last one of these at the end of the day, dreaming of Key West, a year away.


Key Lime Martini

  • 2 graham crackers (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce Licor 43
  • 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 1 ounce Rose’s sweetened lime juice
    1. In a ziplock bag crush the graham crackers with the sugar and shake it up. Then place the crushed graham cracker–sugar mixture on a plate.
    2. Dip the rim of the martini glass into water, then dip it into the graham cracker sugar mixture.
    3. Add the fluids to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake 10 to 15 times.
    4. Strain into the chilled glasses.

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