Tuesday, July 14

Go Bananas over a Banana Split – A Cocktail Recipe

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Have you ever heard of a banana and rum combination?  I bet you never dreamed of such a combo, at least not one of a cocktail with banana fruit as one of its ingredients.  Oranges and lemons, yes.  Bananas, hell no.  One would think that bananas are for fritters at their creative best. 

Well, here’s proof of the success of my step-by-step recipe of a Banana Split Cocktail, one that I learnt the hard way.  

Banana “split” 🙂

Let’s get together the banana cocktail ingredients:

  • 30 ml white rum 
  • 2 bananas (not overly ripe) 
  • 2 spoons sugar syrup (6 tsp sugar to 1 cup water, reduced to a fourth) 
  • ice cubes (partially crushed)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice 
  • a margarita/martini glass

Margarita glass

Let me guide you through the process:

  • Pour a shot of white rum into a margarita glass.  What’s a margarita glass you may ask.  Well, here’s an image for ready reference.
  • Chop the bananas roughly and drop them into a broad mouthed vessel, adding partially crushed ice.
  • Blend the banana and ice using a cake beater but be prepared to have banana all over you if you aren’t adept at handling a beater.  It wasn’t as if I wasn’t adept at using a beater, but beating up a banana sure can make one go bananas!
    There is just the right amount of whirr that you must add to the blending act. A purring type of a whirr, in the beginning, followed by a more aggressive burr.
    Try practising the blending part a couple of times before the finale.  Believe me; this is the hardest part of this recipe – beating myself up in beating up this mixture.  Here’s what I meant by learning it the hard way.
  • When well blended, add sugar syrup and blend the mixture again.  Don’t use a blender if you’re thinking on those lines.
  • Strain into the glass, not letting the ice cubes drop into it.
  • Garnish with whatever takes your fancy, lemon rings or cherries or even a slit banana will do.

How does the banana cocktail feel on the palate
A thickish cocktail, sweet with a hint of tanginess.  

How did I like the banana cocktail?

It’s a groovy cocktail, which will surprise you into looking at a banana in a different light.


About Author

Carmelita is an Economics major and is employed with a private sector bank. She holds a diploma in journalism, but that's not the reason for her creative writing skills exhibited in a few freelancing feature writing assignments with a leading daily and also her blog. Her blog falls under the Top 25 of the Best Mumbai Blogs to Follow, by Feedspot.com ranking. She has an eye for offbeat travel, having visited seven continents and seeing more than what meets the average eye. Though not a cook per se, her tips on smart cooking are a thing to reckon in her food and cocktail recipes. As if this is not enough, she dabbles now and then in studio singing assignments which have gained her a sizeable fan following. That she is an avid reader is but natural, with a bent for literary classics which in turn have lent its influence in her blog writing panache.


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