Dirty Banana Cocktail Drink

Dirty Banana

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If you’re craving a unique cocktail, the Dirty Banana Drink recipe is just what you need! With its blend of ingredients, this drink is delightful and simple to make.

Dirty Banana Drink Recipe

Sip on the sensational Dirty Banana Drink recipe! With its blend of Rum, ripe Banana, and coffee notes, it's the ultimate treat for a relaxed evening.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

565 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz coffee Liqueur, e.g. Kahlúa
  • 1 oz Crème de Banane
  • 2 oz milk or cream
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Ice cubes
  • Chocolate syrup, for garnish, optional
  • Whipped cream, for topping, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Glass preferably a chilled one

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Drizzle chocolate syrup inside your glass for added flair.
  • Blend Ingredients: In the blender, combine 1 ripe banana, 2 oz milk or cream, 1 oz Crème de Banane, 1 oz coffee Liqueur, and 1 oz Dark Rum. Add ice cubes (around 10 to 12 standard-sized ice cubes) and blend until smooth.
  • Pour: Transfer the blended mixture into your prepared glass.
  • Top: If desired, add a dollop of whipped Cream on top.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: I've swapped out dark Rum for spiced Rum before, and it adds a nice twist. If you're looking for a lighter flavor, white Rum works too.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If Kahlúa isn't on hand, Tia Maria is a great alternative. For a non-coffee option, try a chocolate liqueur.
  • Crème de Banane: If you can't find this, muddle some fresh bananas with simple syrup. It won't be as intense, but it'll do the trick.
  • Milk or Cream: Almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk can be used for a dairy-free version.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. For instance, you'd use 8 oz of dark Rum, 8 oz of coffee liqueur, 8 oz of crème de banane, 16 oz of milk or Cream, and 8 ripe bananas.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine all the ingredients with ice and blend until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual glasses, garnish with chocolate syrup and whipped Cream, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a rum-flavored extract or syrup. Ensure it's non-alcoholic.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic coffee syrup or a strong brewed coffee cooled down.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Milk or Cream Substitute: Use plant-based alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut cream.
  • Whipped Cream Substitute: Opt for a vegan whipped cream, which is usually made from coconut or other plant-based ingredients. Many stores carry this, or you can make your own at home.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
565
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Sodium
 
19
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
53
g
18
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
40
g
44
%
Potassium
 
477
mg
14
%
Cholesterol
 
64
mg
21
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Vitamin A
 
909
IU
18
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
43
mg
4
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%

 

Dirty Banana Cocktail Drink

Dirty Banana Drink Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Sip on the sensational Dirty Banana Drink recipe! With its blend of Rum, ripe Banana, and coffee notes, it's the ultimate treat for a relaxed evening.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 565

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz coffee Liqueur - e.g. Kahlúa
  • 1 oz Crème de Banane
  • 2 oz milk or cream
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Ice cubes
  • Chocolate syrup - for garnish, optional
  • Whipped cream - for topping, optional

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Glass preferably a chilled one

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Drizzle chocolate syrup inside your glass for added flair.
  • Blend Ingredients: In the blender, combine 1 ripe banana, 2 oz milk or cream, 1 oz Crème de Banane, 1 oz coffee Liqueur, and 1 oz Dark Rum. Add ice cubes (around 10 to 12 standard-sized ice cubes) and blend until smooth.
  • Pour: Transfer the blended mixture into your prepared glass.
  • Top: If desired, add a dollop of whipped Cream on top.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: I've swapped out dark Rum for spiced Rum before, and it adds a nice twist. If you're looking for a lighter flavor, white Rum works too.
  • Coffee Liqueur: If Kahlúa isn't on hand, Tia Maria is a great alternative. For a non-coffee option, try a chocolate liqueur.
  • Crème de Banane: If you can't find this, muddle some fresh bananas with simple syrup. It won't be as intense, but it'll do the trick.
  • Milk or Cream: Almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk can be used for a dairy-free version.

Making a Pitcher:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. For instance, you'd use 8 oz of dark Rum, 8 oz of coffee liqueur, 8 oz of crème de banane, 16 oz of milk or Cream, and 8 ripe bananas.
  • Blend: In a large blender, combine all the ingredients with ice and blend until smooth.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual glasses, garnish with chocolate syrup and whipped Cream, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a rum-flavored extract or syrup. Ensure it's non-alcoholic.
  • Coffee Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic coffee syrup or a strong brewed coffee cooled down.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Milk or Cream Substitute: Use plant-based alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut cream.
  • Whipped Cream Substitute: Opt for a vegan whipped cream, which is usually made from coconut or other plant-based ingredients. Many stores carry this, or you can make your own at home.

What is a Dirty Banana Drink?

A Dirty Banana Drink combines dark Rum, Banana, and coffee liqueur. Its name, “Dirty Banana,” likely stems from the inclusion of ripe bananas and the deep, rich flavors of the other ingredients. While the drink has a tropical vibe, it’s enjoyed worldwide, especially in beach destinations. You might think the Dirty Banana requires a bartender’s touch, but in reality, anyone can whip up this cocktail. This classic Dirty Banana recipe is both indulgent and straightforward, making it a favorite for many.

A side shot of a Dirty Banana cocktail on a coaster placed on a white table surrounded by chocolate squares, a straw, and two bananas, in front of a light green wall.

What is in a Dirty Banana Drink – The ingredients

Before making a Dirty Banana Drink, ensure these ingredients are ready:

  • Dark Rum: The primary alcoholic base, it adds depth and warmth to the cocktail.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Introduces a rich coffee flavor, complementing the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Crème de Banane: A banana-flavored liqueur that infuses the drink with its signature banana taste.
  • Milk or Cream: Adds creaminess and smoothness to the drink’s texture.
  • Ripe Banana: Enhances the natural banana flavor and contributes to the drink’s creamy consistency.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the cocktail and provides the desired thickness when blended.
  • Chocolate Syrup (optional): Offers a hint of sweetness and a touch of chocolatey decadence.
  • Whipped Cream (optional): Serves as a fluffy topping, adding an extra layer of indulgence.

Dark Rum, Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Banane, milk, banana and chocolate squares laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Dirty Banana Drink?

Our steps make it simple for anyone to create a Dirty Banana Drink:

1
<p>Start by frozen your highball glass for the best experience.</p>

Start by frozen your highball glass for the best experience.

2
<p>Drizzle chocolate syrup inside your frozen glass to enhance the visual appeal and add a hint of chocolate flavor.</p>

Drizzle chocolate syrup inside your frozen glass to enhance the visual appeal and add a hint of chocolate flavor.

3
<p>Drop a ripe banana into the blender glass.</p>

Drop a ripe banana into the blender glass.

4
<p>Add milk or cream to the blender glass.</p>

Add milk or cream to the blender glass.

5
<p>Add Crème de Banane to the mix.</p>

Add Crème de Banane to the mix.

6
<p>Pour coffee Liqueur into the blender.</p>

Pour coffee Liqueur into the blender.

7
<p>Add dark Rum to the mix.</p>

Add dark Rum to the mix.

8
<p>Add ice cubes to the blender, one scoop should be enough.</p>

Add ice cubes to the blender, one scoop should be enough.

9
<p>Blend the mixture until it achieves a smooth and creamy consistency.</p>

Blend the mixture until it achieves a smooth and creamy consistency.

10
<p>Once blended, pour the mixture directly into your prepared glass.</p>

Once blended, pour the mixture directly into your prepared glass.

11
<p>If desired, top the drink with a generous dollop of whipped Cream for an added touch of luxury.</p>

If desired, top the drink with a generous dollop of whipped Cream for an added touch of luxury.

12
<p>And add some more chocolate syrup on top.</p>

And add some more chocolate syrup on top.

13
<p>Enjoy your Dirty Banana drink!</p>

Enjoy your Dirty Banana drink!

What is the difference between a Dirty Banana Drink and a Dirty Monkey?

The Dirty Banana Drink and Dirty Monkey are both popular tropical drinks, but they have distinct differences in ingredients and flavors. The Dirty Banana primarily focuses on the flavors of Banana, coffee liqueur, and Rum, creating a creamy and sweet cocktail with a hint of coffee richness. On the other hand, the Dirty Monkey includes all the ingredients of a Dirty Banana Drink but adds a splash of pineapple juice and sometimes coconut cream, giving it a more tropical and fruity flavor profile. The Dirty Monkey can also include a scoop of ice cream, making it more of a dessert drink. In summary, while both drinks share a banana and creamy base, the Dirty Monkey takes it a step further with additional tropical flavors and the option for added indulgence with ice cream.

Best Banana Liqueur for a Dirty Banana Drink

You want a liqueur that brings authentic banana flavor without being overly sweet or artificial. Brands like 99 Bananas offer a robust and genuine banana taste, thanks to its higher alcohol content, ensuring your cocktail packs a punch. Bols Banana Liqueur is another excellent choice, known for its balanced sweetness and true-to-fruit flavor. For a top-shelf option, Tempus Fugit Crème de Banane stands out with its all-natural ingredients and rich, ripe banana taste. It’s a bit pricier, but the quality is evident in every sip. Ultimately, while there are several banana liqueurs on the market, opting for one that prioritizes natural banana flavor will elevate your Dirty Banana Drink experience.

A Dirty Banana cocktail, shot from above, on a white marmol table surrounded by dark Rum, Coffee Liqueur, Creme de Banane, milk, banana, and chocolate squares.

History and Origin

The Dirty Banana Drink, a creamy and tropical drink, originated in Jamaica. Its popularity surged as Caribbean cruises began featuring it, making it a favorite among tourists. The cocktail typically includes rum, bananas, cream or ice cream, chocolate syrup, coffee liqueur or espresso, vanilla extract, and crushed ice. It gained its name from the brown coloration due to the mix of ingredients. There are several variations of the Dirty Banana Drink, including frozen, skinny, vegan, and nutty versions, making it a versatile drink that caters to different tastes and dietary preferences.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Dirty Banana Drink?
It contains approximately 300-400 calories, depending on the specific ingredients and serving size.
How strong is a Dirty Banana in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength varies based on the Rum used and the ratios, but typically it has an ABV of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof.
What type of alcohol is used in a Dirty Banana?
The primary alcohol is dark Rum, complemented by coffee liqueur.
In which type of glass is a Dirty Banana Drink typically served?
It's usually served in a chilled glass, often a highball or tall glass.
What does a Dirty Banana taste like?
The cocktail offers a creamy and sweet flavor profile, blending the richness of Banana with the depth of coffee and the warmth of Rum.
What is the typical ratio of ingredients in a Dirty Banana Drink?
While ratios can vary, a common mix is equal parts dark rum, coffee liqueur, and crème de banane, combined with a splash of milk or Cream and a ripe banana.
How is the Dirty Banana typically served in terms of ice and presentation?
The drink is usually blended with ice, resulting in a creamy, smoothie-like consistency, and served immediately.

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