Hungry Heart

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Key Lime Pie Martini


A few months ago I got a Key Lime Pie Martini at Bennu Cafe. I have been dreaming about it ever since.
A few weeks later I ordered a very bad version at a different bar. I winced as I watched the bartender pour approximately 4 tablespoons of heavy cream into the shaker. The one from Bennu didn’t have any cream, but it tasted like pie.
It was magical.
And I was determined to replicate it.

I started with purchasing KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur. I am not a big liquor drinker, and we don’t have much liquor in the house, aside from your basic rum-vodka-whiskey. It seemed silly to buy this specialty liqueur for one drink. Especially since I am nearly certain it is artificially colored. But I deemed it necessary in order to to reproduce this martini. I also found some other delicious recipes using KeKe Beach on the website. It will last you six months in the fridge. If you don’t make too may of these martinis….

I wanted a martini that wasn’t overly sweet or creamy. These ingredients were the winning combination:

Key Lime Pie Martini

  • 2-3 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1.5 ounces pineapple juice
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 ounce KeKe Beach *
  • splash of club soda (optional- if you like a strong martini, omit)
  • wedge of lime

Shake all ingredients except club soda in a martini shaker with ice.  Pour and add a splash of club soda, if desired.
Then try not to chug. I dare ya.

Optionally, you could take a wedge of lime and rub it on the rim of the glass. Then dip glass into graham cracker crumbs. This is how the one at Bennu was served. I will be buying graham crackers the next time I am at the grocery store.

Its Friday, go enjoy Happy Hour!

*If you don’t want to purchase this liquor to make this drink, I would double the lime juice, and add a splash of cream for similar results. You could also make this a mocktail by doing the same and then substituting the vanilla vodka for vanilla seltzer.


  1. I will gladly help you finish off your bottle. This looks so tasty!

  2. I wish I was drinking that right now! I will have to look for KeKe the next time I am at the liquor store.

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  4. Yum! I remember when you were drinking this and i couldnt! Now i can though :-) I will have to try it out!

  5. Ridic: We definitely have to make them the next time we get together.
    Lauren: Let me know if you can’t find it and I will bring some to Jersey.
    Em: It was the best! I was so proud I didn’t order two that night.

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