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Banana Daiquiri Recipe

This banana daiquiri cocktail is a tropical beach vacation in a glass. 

It’s super creamy, thanks to a perfectly ripe banana, and loaded with bright, fruity flavors. 

If you love bananas, you’ll love this cocktail. The flavor truly shines through, and the rum takes it over the top.

Close Side View of Banana Daiquiri in a Glass with a Maraschino Cherry Garnish
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Just one sip of this tasty concoction will make you feel like you’re sitting on a beach, relaxing in the sunshine.

So, fire up those blenders, give margaritas the night off, and try this banana daiquiri!

What’s in a Banana Daiquiri?

The banana daiquiri is more than just a classic drink with a banana thrown in. It’s a fun, creamy twist on traditional sweet and sour rum daiquiris.

Here’s everything you need for this tasty cocktail. 

  • Banana – A medium-ripe banana is the perfect choice for this cocktail because it adds the perfect amount of sweetness. Yellow bananas with a few brown spots are ideal candidates for this cocktail. 
  • Light rum – Using light rum with a delicate sweetness allows the banana to take center stage. But if you want more complex notes, add whatever type of rum you like! Spiced rum, dark rum, or a combo of light and dark are all great options. 
  • Lime juice – Save the green bottled stuff for another day. For an ultra-fresh cocktail, freshly squeezed lime juice is a must. 
  • Triple sec – Adding triple sec adds bright, citrusy notes with a hint of booziness. If you want to reduce the booze in this cocktail, you can swap triple sec for pulp-free orange juice. 
  • Sugar – Since everything mixes in the blender, there’s no need to bust out the simple syrup. A dash of granulated sugar delivers just a kiss of sweetness. 
  • Ice cubes – A cup is all you need for an adult slushie consistency. Since everything blends, you don’t have to opt for fancy ice cubes. 
  • Coconut milk – If you don’t have coconut milk, it tastes just as good without it! Adding coconut milk provides extra creaminess and flavor and makes this cocktail incredibly smooth.
  • Maraschino cherries – The perfect garnish for this cocktail is a few maraschino cherries. They add a bright pop of color and a touch of added sweetness. 
Top View of Banana Daiquiri in a Blender with Slices of Banana

How to Make a Banana Daiquiri 

You don’t need to be a seasoned bartender to whip up this amazing treat. Check out how easily this banana daiquiri comes together: 

1. Load the blender. Add the ice cubes, banana, rum, lime juice, and triple sec to a blender. For a creamier consistency, pour in a little coconut milk (optional). 

2. Blend. Place the blender on a low speed for a few seconds to crush the ice. Then, crank it up to a higher speed until it reaches the perfect consistency. 

3. Pour. Pour the creamy contents into a chilled hurricane glass. 

4. Garnish. Place a few maraschino cherries and a banana slice on top. Serve, and enjoy!

What’s the Best Rum for Daiquiris?

This recipe calls for light or white rum to allow the banana flavor to shine through. 

The best white rums include Bacardi Superior White Rum or Havana Club 3-Year-Old Rum. They’re light, refreshing, and kind to your bank account, too. 

You can also use dark rum for a more rum-forward cocktail. Good dark rum options include Plantation Original Dark Rum or Ten to One Caribbean Dark Rum. 

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Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva is also a wonderful choice because it has subtle banana notes. 

Three Banana Daiquiris in Glasses with Maraschino Cherries on a White marble Serving Tray

Tips and Variations 

Here are a few quick trips to take your banana daiquiri game over the top: 

  • Be picky with your banana. Leave those overly ripe bananas for bread. The perfect daiquiri banana is at the peak of ripeness. There are no more green spots, and it’s speckled with brown dots. 
  • Consistency is key. If your daiquiri is too thin, add more ice cubes and blend. Add more coconut milk, lime, or rum if it’s too thick!
  • Chill your glasses. A daiquiri tastes best when served super cold. Chilling your glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes to 2 hours helps keep things nice and cold.

Banana Daiquiri

Servings

1

serving
Prep time

5

minutes
Calories

265

kcal

Whip up this banana daiquiri for a tropical treat like no other! The blend of bananas, rum, triple sec, and coconut milk is creamy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled and sliced

  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum

  • 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec

  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • 1 ounce coconut milk (optional)

  • maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • In a blender, combine the banana slices, rum, lime juice, triple sec, sugar, ice cubes, and coconut milk (if using).
  • Blend it on a low speed for a few seconds to combine the ingredients. Then, pulse it at a higher speed until it’s smooth and creamy.
  • Pour it into a chilled hurricane glass. Garnish it with a banana slice and maraschino cherries threaded onto a cocktail pick.
  • Serve, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use a Ripe Banana. Look for one that’s uniformly yellow, without green patches. Those slightly overripe bananas with a few brown spots are perfect for daiquiris.
  • Rum. A classic banana daiquiri features white or light rum. The quality can also make or break your drink. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try aged, dark, or even spiced rum.
  • Ice Measurement. A cup of ice translates to around five to six standard-sized ice cubes.
  • Adjust the Consistency. If your daiquiri feels too watery, toss in more ice cubes and blend. If it’s too dense, add a bit more of any liquid ingredient.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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