Going Bananas Over Cocktails: 5 Banana-Centric Creations
Bananas are not just for breakfast or that midday snack anymore. With our penchant for shaking and stirring things up in the bar, we have discovered that this humble fruit can be the star of some seriously delicious cocktails. So, let's peel back the layers and explore five unique banana-centric concoctions, each featuring a new spirit to cater to different tastes. Get ready to go bananas over these creations!
Tropical Banana Rum Punch
Next, we're taking a trip to the tropics. Pour 50 ml Captain Morgan Dark Rum into a blender, add half a ripe banana, 30 ml pineapple juice and a squeeze of fresh lime. Blend it up for a smooth, fruity mix. Serve it over ice in a highball glass, garnished with a pineapple wedge. Put on your straw hat and get the hand fan out while you savour this summery drink.
Banana Bliss Martini
First up, let’s give the classic martini a banana twist. In a shaker, mix 50 ml Smirnoff Vodka with 20 ml banana liqueur. Add a splash of cream and a dash of simple syrup. Shake it vigorously until it's smooth and creamy. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of fresh banana. This Banana Bliss Martini is creamy, dreamy, and absolutely banana-y.
Banana Blue Daiquiri
Here’s a fun take on the daiquiri. In a blender, combine 50 ml Antiquity Blue whisky, 20 ml lime juice, 15 ml simple syrup, and a whole ripe banana. Add a scoop of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a twist of lime. The Banana Blue Daiquiri is unexpectedly silky, with a whisky kick.
Banana Whisky Sour
Who says whisky sours can't have a banana spin? Mix 50 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label with 25 ml of fresh lemon juice, 15 ml of banana puree, and a teaspoon of brown sugar. Shake it well with ice. Garnish with a banana slice and a brandied cherry. This banana whisky sour is a delightful fusion of classic and quirky.
Golden Banana Old Fashioned
Finally, a banana-infused twist to the old-fashioned. Muddle a slice of banana in a mixing glass. Add 50 ml Black Dog Triple Gold, a dash of Angostura bitters and a bar spoon of brown sugar. Stir well until the ingredients are well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Strain into a rock glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a banana slice. The Golden Banana Old Fashioned is a bold, banana-accented take on a classic.
So, these are five banana-centric cocktails that are sure to add a bunch of fun to your next gathering. Whether you're a vodka enthusiast, a rum rager, a whisky aficionado, or just someone who loves a good cocktail, these banana-inspired drinks are a great way to shake up your usual alcohol repertoire. Enjoy these responsibly, savouring the flavours at a pace that makes you feel comfortable and not rushed.