Pull out your panama hats and palmetto fans—you will think you are in Hemmingway’s Key West when you mix up a couple of these tropical cocktails. If you love a good daiquiri, that family of refreshing cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice, and sweetener, then you will adore this Key Lime Daiquiri. A simple syrup is the traditional sweetener for daiquiris but, for this recipe, we used grenadine not just as a sweetener, but to give the cocktail that rosy, Key West sunset glow. To make this cocktail, stir the grenadine, a bright red pomegranate simple syrup, with the fresh Key lime juice until blended. Transfer the mixture to a blender and add rum and ice, process until it is all smooth. Pour into hurricane glasses, sit back and enjoy the ocean breeze – or just imagine there is one! If you can’t find Key limes in your grocery store you can use regular Persian limes. But here is the difference between the two and why you should use Key limes if possible. Key limes, also known as Mexican or West Indian limes, are more aromatic, with tarter and more floral juice. They are slightly yellow in color and contain more seeds. The aromatic juice makes the difference in Key lime pies. It takes a lot more of these little limes to produce the same amount of juice that comes from the more common Persian variety, but the fresh Key lime juice is worth the effort.

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Serves 2


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  • Stir together grenadine and lime juice until dissolved; transfer to a blender. Add rum and ice to blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour mixture into 2 hurricane glasses; garnish with lime slices.