Key lime Martini Recipe that Brings Back the Flavor of Amelia Island Florida

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One of my favorite things to do when I travel is try the local food. I also love to try the local cocktails. While exploring Amelia Island restaurants, I came across a key lime martini, something I had never even heard of before or seen on a menu. This luscious concoction introduced me not only to a new cream-based drink, but also a new liquor I would soon learn I loved. I knew I had to try to make my own at home. There is a trick to a key lime martini though, and it all begins with how you like your pie.

Key lime martiniKey lime pie is one of those bites that you either get right, or very, very wrong. I like a strong lime flavor. I don’t want my pie to taste like condensed milk. It should taste like key limes. It’s not called condensed milk pie after all; it’s called Key lime Pie. My mouth needs to pucker when I take that first bite. The same goes when I drink a Key lime martini. I want that pucker of lime refreshment to hit me and then mellow out with the cream.

What is a key lime martini you ask? It’s a glorious concoction of citrus, cream, zest and Liquor 43. Many key lime martini recipes out there call for Vanilla Vodka, but I found that Liquor 43 gives this martini that true key lime taste without overpowering it with an alcohol flavor.

Key Lime Martini Recipe

Liquor 43 is a Spanish liquor that you can find in many liquor stores. It combines 43 flavors, but has a strong vanilla taste. It doesn’t have a great smell, but tastes spectacular and goes down smooth.

Watch out though. These martinis are deceptively strong. You won’t taste much of the alcohol, but it is in there. Slow and steady is the name of the game when you drink these. If you have trouble with lactose, pop a Lactaid. It will be worth it!

Key Lime Martini Recipe

Key lime martini

  • 1.5oz Liquor 43
  • 1oz Pineapple juice
  • 1 oz Fresh lime juice (about 1-2 limes)
  • 1 oz cream
  • 1/3 – ½ tsp lime zest
  • Ice
  • Graham crackers (crush or put in a food processor to make fine crumbs)


  • Combine Liquor 43, pineapple juice, lime juice, cream and lime zest in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice
  • Shake well
  • Dip rim of martini glass in sugar water (simple syrup)
  • Dip rim in plate of graham cracker crumbs
  • Pour liquid into glass up to the rim
  • Enjoy!

Please drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive. 

Watch: How to Make a Key Lime Martini


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