The banana liqueurs of the 1980s bare no resemblance to some of the offerings created these days by producers with an eye toward natural flavor and balance. As these quality bottlings have hit the market, bartenders have increasingly embraced the liqueur, pairing it with everything from whiskey and rum to tequila and cachaça. Start your own mixing adventures via the recipes below.
A little banana liqueur makes for a creamy take on the classic.
Banana liqueur lends a subtle sweetness to the classic daiquiri.
Chow Chicka Bow Wow
A tropical blend of rum, banana liqueur and citrus.
Cardamom Banana Vieux Carre
A spritz of lemon oil helps balance the sweetness of banana liqueur and the spice of cardamom.
The Heaviest Weight
Creamy banana liqueur elevates this tropical delight from Pinewood Social in Nashville.
I Love Lamp
Rum and tequila mixes seamlessly with banana liqueur in this tropical treat.
The Last Resort
An ode to tiki and to the classic Last Word.
Mezcali mi Banana
Banana, prickly pear and grapefruit make for an irresistible flavor combo.
Pineapple brightens this simple Daiquiri variation.
Bananas and blackberries blend beautifully with vodka, lime and ginger.
Perfect for late-summer sipping.
Victim of Circumstance
Bonded bourbon gives this rich cocktail a little extra oomph.
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