Most people think that key lime pie comes from the Florida Keys. And, in a way, they’d be right. The first key lime pie – as it’s now recognized – does indeed come from the Keys. However, the very earliest version of Key Lime pie comes from the sea…
With the introduction of our new Key Lime Martini Cocktail Mix, we’ve been thinking a lot about key limes, key lime pie, key lime martinis, key lime pie martinis…. well, you get the picture. So, we did one of the things we love doing best: We began a new research project.
Sit back, make yourself a key lime martini, and check out what we discovered…
The Story of Key Lime Pie
In the late 1800s, a man by the name of William Curry lived in the Florida Keys. Curry was a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. The illustrious Curry Mansion, where he lived, still stands today. Curry had a cook by the name of “Aunt Sally.” (Researchers have tried to dig up more information on this woman, but that’s all that is known of her name.) Aunt Sally was known throughout Key West for being an excellent cook.
One day, Aunt Sally created a dessert that would make the key lime famous. She combined eggs, sweetened condensed milk, and key limes. But, as we alluded to, this rudimentary concoction was actually first developed on the sea by the Keys’ sponge fishermen. Fishermen spent many consecutive days at sea. As such, they couldn’t take perishable foods with them; nor did they have an oven on the ship.
So, they made do by combining these three ingredients. The acidity of the key limes made a chemical reaction with the sweetened condensed milk and the eggs yolks that effectively “cooked” the pie. No one around today can testify to how these pies tasted, but we’ll bet that Aunt Sally’s improvements saved this basic recipe from being lost to the annals of history.
Last week, we featured a key lime pie martini recipe, which we highly recommend trying out if you love this dessert. Or, check out this week’s key lime martini recipe.
Amoretti Sour Key Lime Martini
- 2 oz lemon-flavored vodka
- 1 oz Amoretti Key Lime Martini Cocktail Mix
- 1 oz crème de cassis
- 1 wedge of lime
Add vodka, cocktail mix, and crème de cassis to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.