Over time, the name Banana Daiquiri has evolved to mean two different drinks. Although they each have a similar taste, they’re made in different ways and with (slightly) different ingredients.
The most popular version is the cold, frothy beach drink made with a blender. But that’s not the original version of the drink, which started as a fruity twist on the traditional shaken banana daiquiri recipe.
The blended version of the Banana Daiquiri switches out banana liqueur for real bananas.
It's a frothy, colder version of the drink that tastes good at practically any time of day.
- 3 ounces of rum
- 2 medium-sized bananas, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 1/4 cup of lime juice
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of orange or banana liqueur
- 2 cups of crushed ice
- Start by adding the ice to the blender. Although two cups are a rough guideline, you might need to add more.
- Fill the blender about three-quarters full with ice. Add the rum, lime juice, liqueur, sugar, and banana chunks.
- Use the puree setting on the blender for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
- Serve in a hurricane glass and garnish with a piece of fruit
History of the Banana Daiquiri
The core elements of a Daiquiri – rum, water, and lime juice – have existed as a drink since the 1700s, when they were given to British sailors as daily rations. However, the first official Daiquiri is generally credited to Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer who mixed the drink at a bar in Cuba.
US Naval commanders, familiar with the drink from Cuba, first introduced it to the US. Already well-liked in the Washington, DC, area, the drink gained broader popularity with a mention in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise.
Over the years, the Daiquiri evolved into many fresh fruit variations, with banana flavors an especially popular choice.
As the blender gained popularity as a home appliance, pureeing frozen banana slices or ice cubes became simple and easy, allowing anyone to make these fresh, ice-cold island drinks at home.
Most mixologists recommend using a white rum instead of the darker types. White rum has an inherent crispness that helps counter the high levels of sweetness created by the other ingredients. Although coconut rum is popular, non-flavored rum also works just as well.
No matter which version you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the fruity, fresh deliciousness of a Banana Daiquiri!
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