Key Lime Martini Recipe

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Key Lime Martini with mint and lime garnish

If you love America’s iconic zesty pie, you will fall head over heels for our Key Lime Pie Martini recipe. Made with vanilla vodka, key lime juice, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and heavy cream, this dessert-inspired cocktail will go down an absolute treat.



Make your Key Lime Martini recipe without cream: simply leave it out and add an extra ounce of coconut cream.  


Serve your Key Lime Martini with a few Graham crackers on the side for some indulgent dipping.


Feel free to ditch the key limes for regular ones if you can’t find them at the shop. 



1 Person

Vanilla vodka
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

Key lime juice
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Cream of coconut
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Fresh pineapple juice
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Heavy cream
Graham cracker crumbs for garnish 



Add the vodka, coconut, pineapple juice, key lime juice and cream to a cocktail shaker. 


Give it a dry shake for around 30-60 seconds  


Add ice, close it up and shake again until icy cold   


Strain into a chilled Graham-crackerrimmed martini glass 

How to rim the cocktail glass for a Key Lime Pie Martini

A classic key lime pie is baked in a Graham cracker crust, so serving your Key Lime Martini with a cracker rim is the perfect choice. To rim your martini glass with these crackers, follow our easy steps:  

  1. Pour a little simple syrup or pineapple juice into a shallow plate.  
  2. Take a few crackers, pop them in a zipper bag, and bash it with whatever you have handy. Something like a rolling pin or wine bottle will do the trick. Keep going until you have cracker crumbs.  
  3. Pour the cracker crumbs into another shallow plate.  
  4. Dip the rim of your martini glass into the simple syrup and then into the cracker crumbs to coat the outside edges.   
  5. You can rim your glasses just before serving or pop them into the freezer, ready to use later.  

And that’s how simple it is to make the best Key Lime Martini recipe! And if crackers aren’t your thing, you can rim the glass with toasted coconut, shredded pineapple, white chocolate shavings or lime zest sugar for something a little different.   

Are you supposed to make a Key Lime Martini with or without cream?

While the best Key Lime Martini recipe contains cream, you can make them without cream, by simply leaving it out of the recipe and adding double the amount of cream of coconut. So, if you have vegan or lactose-intolerant friends coming over, make your Key Lime Martini recipe without cream. And if you’re on the lookout for some vegan drinks inspiration, check out our guide to making creamy vegan cocktails. 

How are Key Limes different from normal limes?

Did you know that there are over 20 different lime varieties in the world? And each variety has its own unique subtle differences in acidity levels, tartness and flavour.  

The thing that makes key limes different from normal limes are that they yellow instead of green, have a stronger aroma, are more tart and not overly acidic. If you can’t find key limes, regular limes will be just fine.  

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To make the best Key Lime Martini you will need vanilla vodka, key lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, heavy cream and cream of coconut.

Sweet and fizzy white or rose wines like Moscato with sweet peach and orange blossom flavours will pair well with a key lime pie.

Coconuts, blueberries and pineapple are all great flavours that go work with key lime.

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