A Happy Return to Key West – Key Lime Pie Martini

So, if this post is up it means that I am officially wheels up Nashville and wheels down Key West.  My sister and I are headed on a MUCH NEEDED mommy vacay and it just so happens that we are also headed to see a very dear friend of ours, Sarah get married to a wonderful man.  It is very funny how life tends to come full circle time and again and generally at the center of the circle are lifelong friendships.  The last time I went to Key West was with Sarah and  in retrospect it seems like a very short 10 years ago, but it was definitely a VERY different life for both of us back then.   The other day I took inventory of our lives over the last 10 years and we have had quite the decade since our last rendezvous together at the Southernmost Beauty of the United States.  As only Charles Dickens could describe “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.  We have gone through some of life’s best triumphs and worst heartaches together.  We have lost touch and then suddenly picked right back up with a simple “hello” on the other end of the phone, but in the heart of all that we have been through friendship remains.  I am so happy for my friend and where she is in her life and I am so happy that even with temporary gaps in time one thing has been constant…..our friendship.  I LOVE my husband and he has brought eternal joy to my heart and to my life through his love for me and our precious Hunter Bear, but I think you will be hard pressed to find a woman who will argue with you that girlfriends are golden and friendships are precious.  So, this one is for you, Sarah, and I pray that you continue to find unrelenting happiness in your life and that no matter where we are in life we always find our way back home to our friendship.

Key Lime Pie Martini

  • 2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 oz Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice (found in the lemon/lime juice section of Publix and the cocktail mixer section of Walmart)
  • 2 oz lemon-lime soda
  • Splash of fat free Half & Half
  • Splash of pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup crushed Vanilla Wafers (most recipes will call for graham crackers, but I bake my cheesecakes with vanilla wafer crusts, so I suggest vanilla wafers over graham crackers…..matter of preference, though)
  • 1/4 lime

Combine vodka, Lime Juice, soda, half and half and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice.  Rim a martini glass with lime juice and dip in bowl of vanilla wafers.  Strain mixture into glass.  Squeeze fresh lime juice into cocktail and garnish with lime wedge or key lime.

Charles Dickens’ excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

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