My sister, Peggy, and I could be the poster girls for National Sisters’ Day. We are best friends and, believe it or not, have never had a fight. And we don’t need a reason to laugh — we just laugh all the time when we’re together.

So, when I won two tickets from a local radio station to see Alanis Morrissette, I immediately decided that my sister was going to be my plus one.

And what better way to kick off the night then with a delicious cocktail?! In this case, we went with a key lime martini, which also happens to be my brother-in-law Bob’s specialty. And because, technically, we were celebrating National Sisters’ Day, I enlisted Bob to whip up a batch for us.

This particular recipe was inspired by one I found online. It includes Tuaca, an Italian brandy “with subtle notes of vanilla and citrus, hints of butterscotch, cola, dried fig, and other flavors.” How can you pass on an ingredient with that description!

key lime martini with peggy holding a martini and bob

Once the drinks are made, thank the bartender/husband/brother-in-law and enjoy your key lime martini in great company.

key lime martini with holding drinks at concert

Then, head out for an amazing night of live music by a strong and powerful female artist, where you get to spend time with your sister — and best friend — and perhaps enjoy another cocktail as well!

Key Lime Martini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 drinks


For the martinis

  • 3 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces Tuaca
  • 2 ounces key lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

For the garnish

  • Lime juice
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Slice of lime


  • Fill a shaker with ice.
  • Add the vodka, Tuaca, key lime juice, and simple syrup, and shake together.
  • Garnish the rim of each glass by dipping it first in lime juice and then in the crushed graham crackers.
  • Pour mixed martini into the glass.
  • Add a slice of lime to complete the look.

Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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