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Sep 8, 2012 12:05 PM

key limed

I have come into possession of a large bag of key limes. Can I use these in cocktails (daquaries, mai tais, margaritas)? Are they similar to supermarket (Persian?) limes?


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  1. Yes they are very similar to Persian limes. If they are Green rather than more yellowish they can be more acidic and they have seeds.
    They are what is used in Mexico for Margaritas.

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    1. re: chefj

      Thank you. I used them last night and they were fine, although quite a bit more work being so small. The ones I have didn't seem as tart as Persians so I had to up the portion a bit.

      1. re: tomjb27

        Whee they Green or Yellow green?

        1. re: chefj

          Hi Chefj,

          They were mainly turning, a mixed bag (literally) of mostly green or mostly yellow. Using then a few more times, I've gained more of a sense of how variable they are as far as tartness goes. It's been an interesting education.

    2. I use Key limes exclusively when I make vodka tonics. Gives it a better flavor , imo, than a regular lime. Didn't work so well for a Caipirinha though.

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      1. re: singlemalt

        I love them in Gin and tonics. I squeeze a half in per drink.

      2. Make a lime drop as a shot. Quite honestly, I wish I remember how to make them--they're delicious! I was on vacation years ago in Cabo at a bar outside where they let me make my own. Did I have too many? :) I'm guessing it was tequila (rather than vodka as in a lemon drop), lime juice, agave. I may hafta revisit and see if that's it. Cheers!