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 Daiquiri.
About 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 fruit chunks 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.
Ingredients for a Banana Daiquiri (Classic)
The classic version of the drink uses banana liqueur instead of real bananas. It’s made in a chilled shaker. You’ll need:
- 2 ounces of rum
- 1/2 ounce of banana liqueur
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce demerara syrup
Ingredients for a Banana Daiquiri (Blended)
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. You’ll need:
- 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
Directions to Make a Banana Daiquiri (Classic)
The classic version of the drink only takes a few minutes to make. It requires a chilled shaker.
1. Combine the Ingredients
Pack the shaker with about a cup of crushed ice. Next, add the rum, lime juice, demerara syrup, and banana liqueur. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds or until condensation covers the outside of the shaker.
2. Pour the Drink
You don’t have to worry about using a particularly fine strainer, as this version doesn’t have any fruit chunks.
For the most authentic experience possible, serve your classic banana daiquiri in a coupe glass. They have a wide, shallow bowl with a stem to help keep the drink cool. Garnish the drink with a banana slice or other piece of fruit, and it’s ready to enjoy!
Directions to Make a Banana Daiquiri (Blended)
The blended version is also easy to make, requiring any standard household blender.
1. Mix the Ingredients
Start by adding the ice to the blender. Although two cups are a rough guideline, you might need to add more, based on the size of your blender. Generally, you want to fill the blender about three-quarters full with ice.
Next, 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.
2. Serve the Drinks
Blended Banana Daiquiris are often served in hurricane glasses, a vase-shaped glass made for mixed drinks. After pouring, garnish the drink with a piece of fruit.
No matter which version you choose, you’re sure to enjoy the fruity, fresh deliciousness of a Banana Daiquiri!