Hip Sips Cocktail of the Month: Key Lime Martini

Sip this riff off the classic lime rickey

“As American as a lime rickey” might not be part of our nation’s vernacular—yet. But the rickey, it turns out, has a distinctly American pedigree. Popularized by lobbyist Joe Rickey in the 1880s, the cocktail is now Washington, D.C.’s official libation, and there’s hardly a better time to enjoy one than Independence Day. (A bartenders’ guild recently declared July “Rickey Month.”)

Traditional rickeys are made with gin or bourbon, lime juice and club soda. Mickey’s Tavern takes a different tack. Their updated version (called a Key Lime Martini, to avoid offending any rickey sticklers) calls for vodka, not gin; cream, not soda. The lime is there, though, and the drink is light, creamy and tart—perfect for pairing with July 4th fare.

“I don’t like it too sweet,” says bar manager Jennifer Mallon. “But you can always add sugar if you want.”

After all, it’s a free country.

RECIPE: Key Lime Martini

1 oz. Pinnacle whipped cream vodka
3 oz. vanilla vodka
Splash fresh lime juice
1 oz. heavy cream
Lime slice, for garnish

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake hard; strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

Recipe courtesy of Mickey’s Tavern, 1524 Williamson St., 251-9964.

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