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3 Ways to Incorporate Banana into your Cocktails

January 9, 2018

Do you love the taste of bananas but hate anything with artificial “banana flavoring”? So do we. Instead of purchasing liqueurs made with artificial banana flavors, we decided to make our own banana syrup and incorporate it into some cocktails.  And don’t be overwhelmed by this homemade banana syrup. It only take 10 minutes to make with very few ingredients! Similar to making an orgeat, you can extract out the banana flavor by using a blender and straining out the solids. After straining, you’re left with a viscous syrup that adds a fruity creaminess to anything you incorporate it into. Check out our recipe for banana syrup and how we used it for inspiration!

Banana Syrup
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cheese cloth

Slice the banana into 1/4 inch slices. Combine the banana, sugar, and water into a pot and heat on medium just until all of the sugar dissolves. Transfer this to a blender, and blend on high for 1 minute. Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl that leaves a decent gap for the liquid to drip into. Slowly pour the blended banana mixture into the cheesecloth lined strainer, and strain until no more liquid drips out. Store in the fridge for up to one week.

 

Monkey See Monkey Do
  • 2 oz Rittenhouse Rye
  • 1 1/2 oz banana syrup
  • 1/4 oz lemon
  • 1/4 oz amaro

Combine all of the ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a Nick and Nora glass and garnish with two banana slices.

 

Chocolate Fondue
  • 2 oz banana syrup
  • 1 oz chocolate cafecito
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz whipped cream

Combine all of the ingredients and shake. Strain into a coupe, no garnish.

 

Lucy and Carter
  • 1 1/2 oz banana syrup
  • 1 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz tequila
  • 1/4 oz lime
  • 1/4 oz lemon
  • 1 mint bouquet

Combine everything except the mint with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe with crushed ice. Garnish with mint bouquet.

Three ways to use bananas in your cocktails
Three ways to use bananas in your cocktails

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