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key limed

tomjb27 Sep 8, 2012 12:05 PM

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. chefj RE: tomjb27 Sep 8, 2012 12:08 PM

    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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      tomjb27 RE: chefj Sep 9, 2012 06:06 PM

      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.

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        chefj RE: tomjb27 Sep 10, 2012 05:45 PM

        Whee they Green or Yellow green?

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          tomjb27 RE: chefj Sep 14, 2012 06:04 PM

          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.

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      singlemalt RE: tomjb27 Sep 20, 2012 06:08 PM

      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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        TroyTempest RE: singlemalt Sep 21, 2012 07:40 AM

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

      2. kattyeyes RE: tomjb27 Sep 21, 2012 07:47 AM

        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!

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