Banana Daiquiri

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Make a classic banana daiquiri to serve at your next elegant gathering. This delicious beverage is always a crowd-pleaser and has the most delightfully sweet flavor.

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About this Banana Daiquiri Recipe

If you love daiquiris and you love banana bread, then you’re going to drool over this tasty banana daiquiri. It’s a very upscale and classy drink — much classier than a frozen daiquiri.

However, you can actually turn this into a frozen daiquiri to sip on during the summertime. Use coconut rum and add a little cocktail umbrella then voila, a tiki beach masterpiece!

My secret to making the best banana simple syrup is to caramelize the bananas in the pan first. It makes the flavor of the syrup so tasty and really makes this daiquiri next level delicious.

So, if you need a new show-stopping daiquiri to wow your guests, then you’ve got to give this recipe a try. It’ll be the talk of the party for sure! With that banana bread flavor and pretty caramelized banana garnish, it’s all the class and all the mouthwatering flavor you could want!

More daiquiri recipes: Virgin Strawberry DaiquiriHemingway DaiquiriStrawberry Daiquiri

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Cocktail recipes, like this one, will have you becoming a skilled mixologist before you know it! This banana daiquiri is a classic for a reason:

  • With this recipe, you can not only make a tasty daiquiri but you can learn how to make a delicious banana simple syrup. Two recipes in one!
  • Serve this classy cocktail at any major event and wow the crowd. It’s perfect for bridal showers, New Year’s Eve parties, and so much more.
  • A banana daiquiri is very adaptable. Add different flavors and ingredients into the mix to change up this cocktail and make it exactly how you like it.

What is a Daiquiri?

A daiquiri is a classic cocktail that originated in Cuba. It is most often made with rum, fruit and a simple syrup. You can either shake the ingredients together or stir them, then serve in a chilled glass.

Frozen daiquiris are also popular! Just add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until it forms a slushy texture.

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Tools and Glassware

To make the syrup, you’ll need a saucepan, a mixing spoon, measuring cups and a fine mesh strainer. When making the drinks, you will need a mixing glass, bar spoon, jigger, and strainer. Don’t forget the chilled coupe glasses to serve!

If you are making the caramelized banana slice, then you’ll also need to have a heat proof prep surface and kitchen torch.

Ingredients

To make this banana twist on a classic daiquiri, you’ll need a few specific ingredients. Check this list before your next grocery store run so that you can grab anything you need:

Syrup Ingredients

  • sliced banana
  • sugar
  • water
  • ground cinnamon

Daiquiri Ingredients

  • aged rum
  • lime juice
  • banana syrup
  • banana slice, brûléed or plain, for garnish
  • sugar, for caramelizing
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Garnishes

While the caramelized banana is my favorite garnish, there are loads of other garnishes you can use. A sprig of mint or a dehydrated lime slice would add some color and a bit of flavor.

A cinnamon sugar rim would be tasty, and a cinnamon stick would pair perfectly with that. Don’t forget about the tropical garnishes like a pineapple slice, maraschino cherry or some coconut shavings!

Best Rum for Daiquiris

An aged white rum is great for this simple daiquiri recipe. You can also use flavored rum, like coconut rum, to add a little something extra to this cocktail. Really, whatever you love most is a great choice. If you need some help finding a quality rum to use, check out my rum 101 post.

Substitutions and Variations

Turn this into a mocktail by subbing the rum for a zero-proof spirit.

Feel free to skip a few steps and use store-bought banana simple syrup instead of making it from scratch. It’s very easy to make and taste way better than bottled, but I can totally understand the need to save some time!

You can use different liquor if you’d like. Without rum, this won’t “technically” be a daiquiri, but it’d still be a super tasty cocktail.

To make a frozen daiquiri, blend these ingredients with 2 cups of ice in a blender. You can even add frozen bananas for a creamy texture and more banana flavor.

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How to Make a Banana Daiquiri

Follow these step by step instructions to make a yummy banana daiquiri in no time. You’ll need to make the syrup first, then you can start making each cocktail:

In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the sliced banana with ¼ cup water and ¼ cup sugar until browned. This should take about 10 minutes. Once browned, stir in a pinch of cinnamon.

Reduce the heat to low and then stir in ¾ cup sugar and ¾ cup water until sugar has dissolved.

Remove the mixture from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh strainer to discard the solids. Allow the syrup to cool completely before using.

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To make the daiquiri, add ice to a mixing glass. Add aged rum, lime juice and the banana syrup and then stir to combine.

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Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass and garnish with a banana slice. To caramelize, place a banana slice on a heat-proof surface. Sprinkle a pinch of granulated sugar over a banana slice and brûlée with a kitchen torch.

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Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

Keep your bartending game strong with these simple tips and tricks:

  • For the sweetest simple syrup, use ripe bananas. Ripe bananas are much more sweet and will create a delicious syrup!
  • Make your cocktail the perfect temp by using chilled rum and chill lime juice. And don’t forget, fresh squeezed lime juice is always best.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors. Different spices and fun fruit can pair wonderfully with this tasty little cocktail!

Food Pairings

Since this cocktail leans tropical, it would go great with some tropical salsa like cilantro pineapple salsa or fresh peach salsa. This is also the perfect cocktail to serve with coconut shrimp.

It’s also a tasty cocktail to serve with desserts like tiramisu trifle or madelines. It’d be so good with boozy dole whip too.

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FAQ

What type of alcohol is in a daiquiri?

Daiquiris are most commonly made with white rum. You can use a different type of rum if your prefer — flavored rums are pretty popular to use in a daiquiri.

Do I need to refrigerate banana simple syrup?

Since this homemade simple syrup doesn’t have a stabilizer, it is best to store it in an air tight container in the fridge. You can also freeze simple syrup! If you need more ideas, I have a whole post with the best tips and tricks on how to store simple syrup.

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Banana Daiquiri

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
With this delicious recipe, you can make a classic banana daiquiri in no time. It's like drinking all the lovely flavors of banana bread in a boozy tropical cocktail!
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ingredients

Banana Syrup

  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 1 cup water divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Daiquiri

  • 2 ounces aged rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce banana syrup
  • 1 banana slice brûléed or plain, for garnish
  • 1 pinch sugar for caramelizing

instructions

  • First make the syrup. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook banana with ¼ cup water and ¼ cup sugar until browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Reduce heat to low. Stir in ¾ cup sugar and ¾ cup water until sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let cool completely.
  • To make the daiquiri, add ice to a mixing glass. Add aged rum, lime juice and banana syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a banana slice. To caramelize, place a banana slice on a heat-proof surface. Sprinkle a pinch of granulated sugar over a banana slice and brûlée with a kitchen torch.

notes

Store the banana simple syrup in a food-safe, airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 drink

amount per serving:

Calories: 1018kcal Carbohydrates: 230g Protein: 1g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g Sodium: 16mg Potassium: 463mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 215g Vitamin A: 91IU Vitamin C: 19mg Calcium: 24mg Iron: 1mg
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