can’t contain our excitement cocktail

key lime cocktailYes, that is a key lime. But no, we’re not in Florida. Note the snow in the background. The fruit of Jacque’s indoor gardening efforts, her container-grown, likely mutant but much adored tree produced exactly one glorious offspring. She put it to use thusly:

key lime cocktail
prep time:
total time:
serves: 1
  • juice of as many key limes as you can get a hold of (in our case, 1) four would be nice
  • regular old limes to take up any slack
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz elderberry liqueur (we're partial to St. Germain)
  • 6 mint leaves
  • seltzer or club soda
  • key lime slices to garnish, if you should be so lucky to have an extra or two
  1. Juice limes.
  2. Muddle the mint with a tiny bit of sugar.
  3. Along with lime juice, add mint to a shaker plus the gin and elderberry.
  4. Shake until incorporated then strain into glass.
  5. Top with seltzer.
  6. If you're missing the key lime slice, a sprig of mint also looks pretty darn cute.

To make a sweet version instead, cut out the alcohol and sub in extra seltzer or ginger ale.

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