Oh, do I have a treat for you today! I’ve teamed up with some of my fellow home/food bloggers to bring you the Tastes of Home spring progressive dinner!
What does this mean exactly? Below you’ll find links to all the courses – drinks, appetizer, salads, entrée, side dish, and dessert. Follow the links for a full, delicious, and springy meal!
I’m starting things off with something a little boozy – a super tasty key lime martini. It includes one of my favorite drink ingredients – Tuaca, a vanilla citrus liquor. Scott and I did a little taste testing this past weekend, and I have to say, for such a simple drink to put together, this tastes amazing and looks just beautiful.
I’m a big fan of sweet/sour cocktails – margaritas, sidecars, etc. This martini has that combo going and it was love at first taste for me. A little tart but not too tart, a little sweet but not too sweet, Just perfect.
Here’s what you need for two martinis:
- 3 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. Tuaca
- 2 oz. key lime juice (I like Nellie and Joe’s)
- 1 oz. simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar melted together)
- lime juice (either fresh or key lime) and raw turbinado sugar for garnish
To garnish the glasses, dip the rims first in lime juice and then the raw sugar. I use shallow plates for the dipping process.
Measure the vodka, Tuaca, key lime juice, and simple sugar into a cocktail shaker. I like to pour everything into a measuring cup first to get my proportions right and then pour into the cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Pour into garnished glasses and serve immediately.
The garnish isn’t necessary but it looks pretty and we loved the little crunch of the sugar.
We’ve also tried this over ice and it’s great that way too! There’s just something extra special about a drink in a graceful martini glass with sparkling golden sugar around the rim.
So after you enjoy your cocktail, make sure you keep on with the progressive dinner! So much deliciousness! I wish I could actually be enjoying all of these tasty dishes right now.
The Chronicles of Home – Key Lime Martini
AKA Design – Peach Lemonade
Finding Silver Pennies – Coronation Chicken
Craftberry Bush – Quinoa Beet Salad
Shades of Blue Interiors – Citrus Berry Salad
Town & Country Living – Light Macaroni And Cheese
Ella Claire Blog -10 Minute Bacon Asparagus
Clean & Scentsible – Cookies & Cream Frozen Dessert
Hope you enjoy the dinner! Thanks for joining us today!
Jennifer Williams Lifford says
Sounds amazing! I love anything with lime! :)
Shades of Blue Interiors says
I second Jenn’s comment… I love anything with lime! I need to figure out a way to make this a mocktail! It sounds so so good! And, beautiful shots lady! Love the angles and focus on certain key elements… it really was pleasing to my eyeballs.
Julia @cuckoo4design says
Me too, love lime flavored things. YUM
Danielle Driscoll says
Wowie kowzie! These look so amazing! I need to have one in this spring sunshine! NEVER have heard of that vanilla liquor. Oooh, looks so good. x
Amber @ Wills Casa says
You had me at progressive dinner and stole my heart at key lime martini!
Jennifer Zuri says
I’m not much of a mixed drink girl but your key lime martini is certainly tempting! Gorgeous photos!!
Shannon Acheson says
Oh my this looks delish!!! Gosh!