Key limes are the fruit of the tropical lime tree, and are related to other types of citrus, particularly lemons, oranges and kumquats. The key lime, which is small, slightly yellow in color and contains seeds, should not be confused with the common supermarket variety called the Persian lime, which is larger, more green in color and free of seeds. Key limes have a tangy, slightly sour aroma, which pairs perfectly with the clean and distinctive flavor of rum.
Key Lime Mojito
Place two sprigs of fresh mint in the bottom of a cocktail glass, and muddle or mash with the back of a spoon. Fill the glass with ice, and pour in 2.5 oz each of key lime-flavored rum and club soda. Garnish with a wedge of lime if desired.
Key Lime Cocktail
Add 1.5 oz vanilla vodka, 1 oz cream and 0.75 oz key lime-flavored rum to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain and pour into a martini glass, garnish with a wedge or twist of lime if desired.
Key Lime Pina Colada
Combine 1.5 oz key lime-flavored rum, 1/2 cup of pina colada mix and 1/2 cup of ice in a blender. Blend until smooth, pour into a cocktail or hurricane glass, garnish with a wedge of lime if desired.
Key Lime Rum and Cola
Add 1.5 oz key lime-flavored rum and 6 oz. cola to a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime if desired.
References and ResourcesThe Bar: Parrot Bay Key Lime Mojito
The Intoxicologist: Key Lime Pie in a Glass
RumShopRyan: Key Lime Pina Colada
Food Reference: Key Limes
Captain Morgan: Captain and Cola