Aside from limeade, one of my favorite lime drinks is a mojito, a rum-based drink that mixes fresh lime juice with sugar and fresh mint. I like the way that the mint brightens up the flavor of the drink to make it even more refreshing than it would be with lime alone. The combination of mint and lime works well in other recipes, as well; lime is strong enough to balance out a bold flavor like mint so that both can come through in the end. I added a little bit of rum and peppermint to a key lime pie to turn the cocktail into a dessert.
This is a classic key lime pie made with egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Key lime is the best choice for limes, but persian limes (the more common variety of lime) will work just fine. This is a no-bake key lime pie, so you can either opt for pasturised eggs or introduce the peppermint and rum elements to my baked key lime pie recipe for a similar effect.
I used just a splash of rum – enough to give it a hint of rum flavor – and a much smaller splash of peppermint extract. I decided to use peppermint extract instead of fresh mint because, in a mojito, the mint should be crushed to release its flavor but not ground to a pulp because you don’t really want to drink the mint leaves. I didn’t want to have chunks of mint leaves floating around in this ultra-creamy pie, either. Save the fresh mint for a garnish and stick with a bit of extract for this filling.
Mojito Key Lime Pie
1 pre-baked graham cracker crust (8 or 9-in.)
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (key lime, if possible)
2 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp light rum
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
fresh mint, for garnish
In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stream in lime juice and stir whisk until well combined. Whisk in lime zest, rum and peppermint extract.
Pour into pre-baked pie shell.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight, until set.
Pie will be very soft at room temperature so store it in the fridge right up until you’re ready to serve it.
Garnish each slice with a sprig of fresh mint before serving.
Coffee and VanillaSeptember 7, 2009
Nicole, that pie looks sooo good! I always read about key lime pies on the blogs but I have never made it myself yet.
Enjoy your day, Margot
AnhSeptember 7, 2009
What a beautiful pie!!
DorothySeptember 7, 2009
Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?!?! I just made key lime pie, but never thought to take in that direction. Mojitos are among the few alcoholic drinks I actually like.
Jen T.September 7, 2009
What a fantastic idea! My boyfriend and I love both key lime pies and mojitos, I think I’ll have to try it this week!
KathrynSeptember 8, 2009
AshleySeptember 8, 2009
Mmm great variation on the key lime pie!
lululuSeptember 8, 2009
i love mojito too! i’ve just tried the new Bacardi mojito which all u need to do is mix it with soda. it’s a bit too minty for me though!
yours pie is such a great idea to hv lime and mojito together.
Nutmeg NannySeptember 9, 2009
Ok I’m making this! I better hurry though…summer is almost over:(
Saee Koranne-KhandekarSeptember 10, 2009
That pie looks very fresh and light! Lovely blog!
SamoysOctober 3, 2009
lot about you
StefOctober 4, 2009
Love this idea. I’m a huge mojito fan. It’s such a perfect key lime variation.