Tom Cruise was at his poetic best in the 80s movie Cocktail:
"I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make.
Americans getting stinky on something I stir or shake.
The Sex on the Beach, the schnapps made from peach;
The Velvet Hammer and the Alabama Slammer.
I make things with juice and froth - the Pink Squirrel, the Three-Toed Sloth.
I make drinks so sweet and snazzy, the Iced Tea, the Kamikaze, the Orgasm, the Death Spasm, the Singapore Sling, the Ding-a-Ling.
America you've just been devoted to every flavor I got
but if you want to get loaded, why don't you just order a shot?"
He was also the epitome of a bartending idol: tossing, pouring, stirring and shaking up the perfect cocktail without measuring a thing. Not all of us can be that smooth so if you lack Tom's Cocktail skills but want to impress your friends with an intoxicating concoction, serve up this super easy-to-make Key Lime Martini.
Many recipes for key lime martinis want to complicate things by combining a lot of different ingredients to achieve that unique key lime flavor. But this cocktail simply shakes together equal parts of just three easy ingredients to create one of the best - and elegant - cocktails you've ever tasted! No juicing, no squeezing required!
Key Lime Martini (makes one)
1 ounce vanilla vodka
1 ounce coconut rum
1 ounce Rose's Lime Juice
Add the vanilla vodka, coconut rum and Rose's lime Juice to a cocktail shaker.
Add about 4 ice cubes.
With lid on tightly, vigorously shake for about a 15-second count.
Strain immediately into martini glass, preferably a chilled martini glass.
If you want to get really fancy with this one, before you shake up the martini, prepare the martini glass by cutting a wedge from a fresh lime and run it around the rim of the martini glass. Then dip the rim into graham cracker crumbs, similar to rimming a margarita glass with salt.
Because this Key Lime Martini is made of equal parts of just three ingredients, it is very easy to adjust to make more than one martini at a time. You can even easily make them in a pitcher, add ice, and stir well for about 15 seconds then pour into martini glasses, holding back the ice in the pitcher.
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