Key West, Florida Keys
A favorite destination for Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, and many more, Key West is known for its palm lined streets and fish that is fresh enough to draw any committed culinary traveler. With a distinct mixture of cultures, the island is not only home to a strong seafood scene, but a tantalizing fusion of cuisines. At night, the street a lit up with vibrant sidewalk cafes that lure in passersby with delicious scents of their specialties like their delectable key lime pie. Live music and hopping bars are the perfect pairings to watch the sunset into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Florida Keys is home to five districts, each with their own personality and attractions that make visitors feel like they are a world away. The southernmost paradise, Key West, is just miles from Cuba and is home to an enviably temperate climate and a delicious array of fresh seafood set to a beautiful backdrop. Bringing together a multitude of cultures that have made Key West home during its history, Key West’s food scene has delicious flavors, like African and Cuban, that are difficult to find anywhere else in the U.S.
For a little reminder of the warm climes and a taste of the Keys, here’s a refreshing drink made with their namesake key limes – Key Lime Martini. It’s just what it sounds like: a sweet martini that tastes like key lime pie. This is one seriously delicious cocktail, and it’s all about the flavor. Key lime is a transporting flavor that takes you away to the tropics. Like the pie, the Key Lime Martini keeps you coming back for another taste, because you just can’t stop enjoying the strangeness of a flavor that’s equal parts tart and mellow and sweet. It’s also pretty to look at and easy to make.
2 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce key lime juice or liqueur (or Rose’s lime will do in a pinch)
2 tablespoons Coco Lopez cream of coconut
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce heavy whipping cream
Graham cracker crumbs
Rim a glass with the graham cracker crumbs. Fill a martini shaker with ice and put all the other ingredients in it. Shake thoroughly and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a wheel of lime or a lime twist.