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Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil

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Have you ever attended an olive oil tasting? Whether you are a foodie who likes to cook or likes to eat, if you ever have an opportunity to learn about olive oil, you should jump at it! Last Saturday Mary/California Greek Girl and I held our first event to celebrate our eBook, Cooking Techniques with Olive Oil. It was held at the Solana Beach store of Temecula Olive Oil, where they hold olive oil tastings every day. Mary and I were so blessed to have so many friends and family members come out to support us. It really is a humbling experience to see my kids’ teachers, Mary’s high school friends and everyone else who went out of their way to stop by, even for a ten minute visit.

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Our iPads were charged and displayed our ebook. Temecula Olive Oil had a table set up with their olives and olive spread to sample. Mary and I cooked and prepared olive oil treats using a few of Temecula Olive Oil’s delicious infused extra virgin olive oils:

Poached Baby Heirloom Tomatoes poached in basil olive oil

Greek Spanokopita baked with a classic olive blend

Sugar Cookies sans butter and baked with blood orange olive oil

Honey and Mint Lemonade topped with finger lime jewels and lemon olive oil

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With over a dozen olive oil flavors to sample, including other flavors like roasted garlic, jalapeño and hickory smoked olive oil, our guests were basking in “olive” the goodies to sample. Kids snuck back and took second and third helpings of the sugar cookies. Friends were pleasantly surprised with the olive oil topped lemonade. Mary’s spano was inhaled every time the tray was reloaded. The baby heirlooms were sweet and amazing.

The four hours flew by fast! But most importantly, we taught everyone about olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, that is, and it’s many, MANY uses.

Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil

Don’t be surprised when you start seeing flavored olive oils in your cocktails. It really does enhance the flavors and smooth out the drink. My original recipe was a Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil. But because we were hosting a public event, we omitted the booze. You can do the same and use lemonade. The shot glasses keep the olive oil consumption to a minimum. When you are using high quality oils, very little goes a long way flavor-wise.

Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil

Ever heard of finger limes? These little limes are totally hot right now, considered the caviar of citrus. Cut one in half and squeeze out these delicious beads of lime. My kids suck them up straight. Drop them in your water, top your salad, or garnish your cocktail. They are totally fun to work with and eat. For a little crunch, I also added some mint herb crystals. Oh yeah, this is a real fun drink full of surprises!

You can find the recipe here for my Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil.

Special thanks to our local foodie friends who came to visit our event: Kathy Strahs/Panini Happy, Abby Lili/Baby Bird Farm, Barbara Feldman/Surf Net Kids and Stephanie Weaver/Recipe Renovator. You ladies ROCK!

Disclosure: Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me these finger limes to enjoy. I met the folks at Fresh Origins at a produce show where they gave me samples of their mini herb crystals. I was not compensated in any way to write this post. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!

 

 

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20 Responses to Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil

  1. Laura I wish we were neighbors, I would have come for sure to the tasting!! No way I could have missed such an opportunity to learn about olive oils and uses. I need to try olive oil shots or even adding some olive oil to cocktails sounds interesting.

    • Helene, wish you lived next door, too! What fun we would have sharing our food with each other!

  2. Sounds like a fun event! There are a couple of olive oil shops close to where I live that offer tastings, and I have yet to take advantage of this. I definitely need to – I’m one of those who knows what they like, but don’t really know why. Good luck with the book!

    • John, you should definitely go for a tasting. I thought I knew olive oil until I attend one myself. And I know YOU will definitely try some EVOO in your cocktail recipes!

  3. What a party! I hated to miss it. Very interested in both the finger limes and the mint crystals .

    • Thanks, Liz. We missed you, but totally understand why you couldn’t make it. Hugs!

  4. What an amazing recipe. I can imagine downing a few of these, possibly with some tequila or white rum in the mix (can’t have lime and mint without it!). I’ve never eaten a finger lime, but I’m fascinated by them! Your photos are gorgeous x

    • Find yourself some really good infused olive oil and the drink ideas are endless!

  5. Eha at #

    I have been lucky enough to have been to a few olive oil tastings: initially thought that a number of samplings might bring on a somewhat nauseous feeling, but that was far from the truth and I would take part again at the drop of a hat. Am not a cocktail gal, wine and pure spirits being more my cup of tea: have to be honest I cannot envisage an oily part to the short drink, but am quite willing to take your word :D !

    • Well, you don’t have to try the olive oil cocktail, but the finger limes are native from your neck of the woods – Australia!

      • Eha at #

        Sugar! I have some homework to do :) ! For some reason our local markets don’t usually stock even the ‘ordinary’ ones and this post reminds me to put ‘plant a lime tree’ onto my spring-to-do list!!!

  6. Congratulations on the book launch and the event, it sounds like something I would have loved to attend. Olive oil is my favorite so I’d love to try your Kamikaze. Thanks for sharing!

    • One day, Nancy, we will have a chance to meet and toast with some olive oil together!

  7. I so wish I could have attended that event – what a fun time with all those tastings and different olive oils. I love a green, peppery one myself.

    • Yes, most people don’t realize that good olive oil leaves a little peppery after taste.

  8. Thanks Laura for a great post about our book launch! It was a wonderful turnout and I hope we can continue with many more parties and gatherings in the future for all of our friends and families! You are the best partner to be in business with! XO

    • We make a great team, Mary. I’ve learned so much with our partnership. Salut!

  9. Carolyn at #

    Love these, Laura. I’d happily have a cocktail with olive oil in it!

    • ha! ha! Okay, next time we meet, we shall toast with some olive oil together!

  10. These sound very interesting and your photos are beautiful!

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