Friday, July 16, 2010

When Cocktails Become Dessert

As many of you know, in the last couple of month's CSN Stores has sponsored two giveaways here at The Hut, so I was thrilled when they contacted me again and ask me to do a review of one of their products. I saw so many wonderful goodies while I was searching for giveaway items and have been to many of their online stores. They have over 200 and choosing my favorite is an impossible task. Recently I was looking at their dining room tables and spotted these two bistro sets:

I love them both, but of course, the Bamboo Set fits my lifestyle perfectly. While thinking about how perfect it would be on my back porch, I envisioned having you over and serving Key Lime Pie Martinis as we chatted about our blogs. You haven't heard of these? Oh my dears, they are like dessert in a glass!

Key Lime Pie Martinis


  • Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glasses
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) key lime liqueur (recommended: KeKe Beach Key Lime Liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Ice cubes


  1. Pour the graham cracker crumbs in a shallow dish. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of a martini glass and roll the edge in the graham cracker crumbs. Chill the glass for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
  2. Combine the vanilla vodka, key lime liqueur, pineapple juice, and cream in a shaker. Fill the shaker half full with ice and shake until well blended. 
  3. Pour into prepared martini glasses, garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse

Now don't these sound yummy? And look at these stemless martini glasses you can find at CSN Stores:

These glasses are so cool and will keep our dessert martinis nice and chilled on a hot summer night.

Try these out on your guests and stay tuned for my upcoming review from CSN Stores!

I'm joining everyone for Foodie Friday @ Designs by Gollum, so be sure to drop in
to find more scrumptious recipes and the cutest little birdie biscuits!

36 Thoughtful Comments:

NanE said...

That looks so yummy! Dang why do I have to leave for work? Love both of the bistro tables too. I will have to check out that store. Have a great weekend, Nan

rjerdee said...

Mmmmmmmmm, yummy. 'Tini envy going on up here in Iowa...LOVE those cool stemless glasses. You rest them in bowls of ice when you're not sipping? What'll they think of next?

Lori E said...

What more could we ask for, a nice setting with a delicious cocktail. Well I guess we could ask for another round of drinks.

Joyce said...

I love key lime and wish I had those ingredients in my house today so that I could make some of those for my house guests this weekend. Yes we are getting those afternoon storms but thankfully yesterday we only had some thunder and it was breezy last night which gave us some relief from the humidity. Stay cool.

Teresa said...

I tried another version at a restaurant a few years ago and it was amazing! Thanks for this recipe. I'll definitely have to try it.

Happy Foodie Friday!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Rhonda,

They sound delicious! My youngest son loves key lime pie and I bet he would love this drink. Maybe I will make a non-alcoholic version of it for him this weekend.

Thank you for sharing the recipes!

~ Tracy

Blondie's Journal said...

I am such a fan of Key Lime pie and I eat tons of the flavored yogurt! This drink sounds heavenly.

I haven't been to an online CSN store but I have been hearing a lot about them. I love the bamboo bistro's perfect for you!


The Muse said...

ow you know I do not cook :)
But the dressing up the glasses/beverages...oh that is oh so Muse!

Yes, I can see you lounging on that
bamboo chair!

The Fajdich Times said...

Oh ya....I could see you serving me a Key Lime Pie Martini while sitting at the Bamboo Bistro Set:) How fun would that be!! The martinis sound wonderful. Can't wait to give them a try. CSN shopping is great! Have a great weekend and enjoy your fabulous drink:)

Lindsay-ann said...

Save one of those lovely bamboo chairs for me. I coming right over!
Have a great weekend.

Everything Coastal said...

so funny! We have been traveling all this week in the Pacific NW, and have eaten Key Lime pie twice - now I have a new drink recipe to try when I get home. This looks scrumptious!


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

That drink sounds wonderful! I will try it for sure.
CSN stores are making a name for themselves here in blogland. I have a giveaway on my blog right now. And, I hope to try out a product for them too.

Those bistro sets are so cute.


Anonymous said...

You had me at key lime pie...

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That lovely set in the first photo would fit just perfect in my garden ;)
Have a happy sunny lovely and funny weekend. xx

Simple Daisy said...

there's a place in Saugatuck, MI called The White House and they make those.....they are delicious:) :)

Sue said...

The only martini I've ever had was a Key Lime Martini, in a restaurant. It wasn't very sweet and was so strong that I wasn't very excited about it. Your recipe looks so much better. We'd need one of these to go with the food from the Fish Camp! Thanks for all the great comments...and for being such a wonderful friend.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Rhonda

I'd love a Key Lime matrtini right now! :-)

The CNS glasses are really unique. I'll have to check out the CNS store...thanks!

Low Tide High Style said...

Hmm, if I start driving now, I should be there in time for one of these yummy drinks by tomorrow evening!

Kat :)

Magdalena said...

Good Morning Shellbelle,
First, the table sets and chairs are just so great, I love them both and can see you sitting there sipping this Cocktail. The stemless martini glasses are so elegant, I would feel like inviting my favorite singer, Frank Sinatra and his gang over for a martini...ahhh if only that were possible!! I am going to make this Key lime Pie Martini, I think it is quite possibly the most divine cocktail I have ever heard of!!
Oliver is standing next to me as I type this and he sends you a big hug and kiss
Oliver & Bunny

Mary Bergfeld said...

"One's not enough. Two is too many." :-) You are a clever gal. Your martinis look really delicious. I also love your photo of them. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

CHERI said...

Girl, you have probably just increased my waistline a few inches. I have definitely got to find all those ingredients and try these soon! I do love a good margurita! I have tried winning several CSN giveaways but haven't lucked out yet. I only recently heard about CSN...believe it or not. However, when I got to the site I get overwhelmed at all there is to offer! Hope you have a great weekend.

Kaybe said...

I love what you did with your "real" front porch. The rita looks so yummy. I'm going to try to come up with a non-alcoholic version. Is this what happens when you cross a Georgia peach & a Florida Cracker? heehee.

Jane said...
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Jane said...

I think I have "margarita's" on the brain...Knew you said martini.
Either, or both, would be delish!


Kristen said...

CSN has been so generous to us bloggers. I hope they are getting enough extra business to make up for all of the great stuff we are getting!!

Jane said...

Hey Rhonda!
I wanted to thank you for your sweet comments. Hope you like the fudge's really good. It's great in an ice cream pie...


The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh this looks wondeful. I am soo going to have to write this one down. I love key lime pie so this drink is sure to be a winner too! Can't wait to see what you are reveiwing! Lucky you! The artist that did my print specializes in ghost impressions art. If you look closely you can see images of what may have been in the scenes from previous times. I have several of her prints and will have to do a post on them someday. They are fabulous. Her name is Madeline Carol and is out of charleston. You should check out all of her stuff. It's great!

oldgreymare said...

alcohol and dessert?

where are my martini glasses? QUICK!


Magdalena said...

Hi Shellbelle,
Just wanted to stop by and say hi from me and Oliver. And wish you a day filled with happiness and sunshine
Bunny & Oliver

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Eeeeeeee! I'm getting excited! Eeeeeee!

And I think those martinis sound like fun. I would probably be on my face after one. LOL! But who's gonna tell??? ;-)

That is a cute set, and I can see it at the hut! And I like your glasses, too.

Am calling you in a few from a land line.


Sheila :-)

Maude Lynn said...

That martini sounds yummy!

Jenny said...

Sheila said it was your birthday! So Happy Birthday! Cute post!

Vintage Remixed said...

Oh WOW. I just got chills when I read your comment. How neat. And what a small world. That's an incredible story and one that I think I might need to blog about in the future if it was okay with you and Cheri. You both seem like such wonderful people and I'm so happy I could play a little role creating a new friendship for you both. Perhaps one day I can get down your way. I would love to visit and meet you.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Shellbelle!!!

Well clever people at CSN... who better than to review a bistro set... and that bamboo set is just so you! I can see you relaxing in the late of day... martini in hand!!! dreaming of beachside escapes...

So.. sorry about my lack of visits.. the internet connection in new place is a little temperamental.. darn it!! hopefully will get a grip on it soon!!! take care and have fun!!! xxx Julie

Shanna said...

I am a new follower and member of the Bloggerette sorority. I am making my rounds to say hello and meet each lovely lady of our new sisterhood. Please visit me @
I have never had a dessert cocktail, maybe it is time for me to try one. Hmm seems like im gonna have to try this recipe!!!

Arabella said...

Oh goodness, I love the palapa umbrella and key lime martinis! I'm in heaven Rhonda...thanks for sharing ~ you've brightened my spirit :O)

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