Let’s face it: Artificial banana flavoring tastes nothing like the real fruit. Real bananas are pleasantly chalky with a lasting, tropical, creamy flavor. Artificial banana flavorings, on the other hand, can run the gamut of unwanted flavors, from medicine-like, to totally faux tasting (like Runts), to the unnecessarily high-brow, over-caramelized Bananas Foster flavors. Here at Supercall, we love all things fresh banana, and if you throw it in some booze—we’re drinking it. If you’re like us and are looking to get your banana cocktail fix, here are seven banana cocktail recipes that will do just the trick.
Prepare to Go Bananas for These Banana Cocktails
This tiki stalwart mixes banana liquor funkiness with the dark, forest flavors of blackberry liqueur. With a backbone of orange and pineapple juice, the first sip of a Rum Runner is like a blast of fruit flavor exploding on your palate. This cocktail is a summer-ready, tropical sipper perfect for beach days or as an accompaniment to hammock lounging.
Banana-lovers take heed. This blended cocktail uses the bananarific combo of banana liqueur and actual fresh, whole bananas. With the dark molasses funk of dark rum and the earthy coffee sweetness of Kahlúa liqueur, this decadent cocktail is like a banana split for grown-ups.
Chocolate hazelnut spread and bananas are such a divine pairing that this drink is borderline erotic. You simply can’t beat this heady, boozified milkshake—it’s literally bananas.
Pairing the heat-quenching, coconut-y perfection of the Piña Colada with delicious banana was an inevitable cocktail concoction. Made with coconut cream, pineapple juice, gold rum and fresh banana, this cocktail is like a banana-filled beach vacation in a glass. If you love banana as much as we do, this is definitely an improvement upon the original.
Although the ingredients in this cocktail seem like a strange mix of flavors, we assure you it’s one of the best concoctions we’ve ever tasted. Created by Michael Clancy of The National in Athens, Georgia, this low ABV summer sipper mixes the hoppy, citrus flavors of an IPA beer with the caramelized banana funk of banana liqueur.
This creamy tiki cocktail was inspired by one of the most popular beverages in South Korea, a sweetened, banana-flavored milk (known, simply, as Banana Milk). Made with banana liqueur, coconut milk and rum, this funky cocktail is a great alternate to the usual brunch cocktail fare.
Created by Johnny Swet, the owner and head bartender at Jimmy at the James Hotel in New York, this banana-fied take on the classic Caipirinha is a tropical delight. Made with banana liqueur and a fresh banana-lime puree, the Oak Bronze Caipirinha is like an Everlasting Gobstopper of banana flavors that unfold, layer after layer, on your palate.