Tipsy Tuesday – Key Lime Colada

Key Lime ColadaAh, this frozen drink, similar to a piña colada, brings to mind our vacations in Key West, the soft breezes, music floating on the air and great times along Duval Street. The first Key Lime Colada we ever had was at Rick’s Tree Bar on Duval and we instantly fell in love with the refreshing taste. They wouldn’t part with their recipe but, after some experimentation, I made one that was pretty close. And it sure was fun trying!

Key Lime Colada

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Liquor 43
  • 2 oz. Vanilla Rum (or try the new Key Lime Rum)
  • 1-1/2 oz. Key Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Pina Colada Mix or coconut cream
  • 1-1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup ice

Directions:

Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender. Prepare margarita or martini glasses by rubbing lime around the edge and dipping the rim in graham cracker crumbs. Pour Key Lime Colada mixture into 2 glasses and garnish with slices of lime.

Serves 2.

Cheers!

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Thirst Quenchers

It is getting mighty hot down in here in Florida so refreshing drinks are in high demand!  Here are 2 summer sips that will have you cooling down in no time.

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Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade

Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade

Serves: 8 – Total Time: 45 minutes, with chilling

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 quart strawberries, hulled & sliced
  • 1.5 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups water
  • vodka (optional)
  • thyme sprig (garnish)

Directions:

Boil sugar, thyme sprigs, and 1 cup water in small saucepan until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat, let cool, and discard thyme sprigs.  Combine thyme syrup with strawberries, lemon juice, and 5 cups water in pitcher and chill for at least 30 minutes.  Serve over ice with a fresh thyme sprig and a splash of vodka.

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Pineapple Lime Coconut Spritzer

Serves 8 – Total Time: 45 minutes, with chilling

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups club soda or sparkling water
  • 1/2 pineapple, cored & cut into triangles (garnish)
  • rum (optional)

Directions:

Combine pineapple juice, coconut water, and lime juice in a large pitcher.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Add in club soda and immediately serve over ice.  Garnish with pineapple wedges and add in a splash of rum.

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~ Cocktails adapted from Dawn Perry, Spritzer picture from allParenting

A Memorial Day Thirst Quencher – Watermelon Pineapple Splash

Memorial Day is around the corner and, with the warm days ahead of us, this refreshing cool drink is the perfect remedy. You can make this drink in 2 versions, one for the adults with alcohol and one for the kids without. We first tried this while having lunch at the Green Turtle Inn in Islamorada ,Florida Keys and every time we make it for guests it’s a big hit!

Pineapple Watermelon SplashWatermelon Pineapple Splash

Ingredients:

  • 1 6-ounce can frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups seeded watermelon – cubed
  • 12 oz seltzer or club soda
  • Lime or lemon slices (garnish)
  • 4 oz vodka or rum (optional)

Directions:

In a blender, combine pineapple juice concentrate and watermelon. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into four goblets. Divide the sparkling water among the four goblets and stir to combine. Garnish each glass with a sugared rim and a twist of lime or lemon.

Serves 4.

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Perfect for Summertime

This fruit cocktail is pretty in pink (sugar) & perfect for summertime.  Made in 20 minutes or less – it’s a great recipe for National Fruit Cocktail Day!

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Total Time: 20 minutes – Serves 4
Ingredients: 
3/4 cup diced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple
2 oranges, peel removed,cut in segments and diced
2 tablespoons white rum
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
sugar or pink tinted sugar (optional)
red food coloring (optional)
lime slice (optional)
Directions:
  1. Mix the strawberries, pineapple, oranges, rum, the 2 tablespoons sugar and lime peel in a large bowl.
  2. Let stand, tossing occasionally until sugar dissolves. About ten minutes.
  3. Spread about 2 tablespoons of sugar on a plate.
  4. Add one or two drops of red food coloring and blend until tinted.
  5. OR, just spread the pink tinted sugar on a plate.
  6. Dip rim of martini glass in water, then the sugar, to coat the rim.
  7. Spoon in fruit and juice.
  8. Slit a lime slice to garnish the side of the glass.

Resources:  Food.com

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