We leave on Tuesday for two weeks in Europe, so I’m spending this weekend attempting to do laundry, plan a three-city itinerary, pack, and tie up various other loose ends. Coordinating international travel with multiple legs is easy and fun and not stressful at all! When I get overwhelmed by a task, I tend to distract myself with something more familiar to keep busy. So I baked blondies, went to the spa, cleaned the kitchen, watched two movies, and here I am making a cocktail and blogging about it instead of getting my shit together for our trip. I may procrastinate, but I'm not lazy.
I’m slightly more prepared than I was the last time we traveled out of the country, when I realized just as we were about to leave LA that I had no idea how to get to our hotel in Germany once we landed, nor would I have data to look it up. I didn’t even have the name and address. I had to break the no cellphone rule as we were taxiing to frantically look up my confirmation email.
This cocktail is inspired by one I found on Pinterest, with a few modifications, including replacing vanilla vodka with regular and adding vanilla extract. I think flavored vodka is kind of gross, and I try to use natural ingredients. I mean, just because this drink is basically a slice of pie in a glass doesn’t mean we need to start adding all these unhealthy, artificial ingredients. Instead you can keep it natural and wholesome, and enjoy this martini as part of a balanced breakfast.
Also, I add soda to almost all my drinks, which I think technically takes this out of the martini category. It turned out strong and sweet, so I topped it off with soda and it was perfect. If you want to leave it out, go ahead, but cut down a little on the cream of coconut.
Key Lime Martini - makes one serving
2 oz vodka
½ oz Key Lime Juice (2-3 limes)
1 oz cream of coconut
1 oz pineapple juice
Dash of vanilla extract
Add first five ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a martini glass and top with soda. Garnish with a slice of lime. Enjoy while pretending you've got a handle on things.