Banana Hammock Cocktail

Banana Hammock Cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

A banana-filled cocktail created for National Rum Day (August 16), this recipe from Mother’s Ruin in NYC is a ton of fun. The banana hammock features Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and offers a delicious flavor along with a couple of interesting ingredients to play around with.

Even if you are not a fan of banana in your drinks, you may want to give this one a shot because the spiced rum transforms the fruit's flavor into a whole new experience. It is one of the best banana cocktails you will find and takes the fruit to a level of delicious sophistication that is very rare.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces spiced rum (Sailor Jerry)
  • 3/4 ounce homemade banana syrup
  • 3/4 ounce​ lime juice
  • 1 dash ​Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: caramelized banana dust (for rim)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rim a coupe glass with banana dust.

  3. Pour the rum, syrup, lime, and bitters into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  4. Strain into the prepared coupe glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • To make the banana syrup, it's easiest to puree a whole banana in a food processor and add it to the standard simple syrup recipe of 1 cup each water and sugar during the boil. Once the syrup is cool, strain out any banana chunks and you are ready to go. Add a second banana for a more intense flavor.
  • If you want to take the easy route, a few syrup companies offer banana syrup. Look for it from brands like Amoretti and Torani.
  • Banana dust is created by caramelizing white granulated sugar with the banana syrup and Sailor Jerry Rum. To make it, combine 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup each of syrup and rum in a saucepan. Stir constantly as the sugar dissolves and bring to a boil, then stop stirring. Reduce to a simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes—unlike regular caramelized sugar that's made with water, the color is not an indicator of doneness, so use a candy thermometer with the goal of reaching the hard-crack stage of about 300 F. Before it cools, pour the caramel onto a foil-lined pan that's greased and allow it to harden. Break the hard banana candy into small chunks and transform it into "dust" in a food processor.

Recipe Variation

As an easier alternative to banana dust, place a handful of dried banana pieces in a food processor and blend until you're left with the finest particles possible. This can then be mixed with white or raw sugar at a ratio of 1 part banana to 2 parts sugar until you get a uniform color. Add a little spice if you like, such as ground cinnamon and nutmeg.

How Strong Is a Banana Hammock?

Sailor Jerry is bottled at 92 proof, which is why it's such a flavorful spiced rum. Since it's the only alcohol in the banana hammock, the drink shakes up to be surprisingly gentle. On average, its alcohol content should fall somewhere around 20 percent ABV (40 proof), so it's similar to drinking a shaken strawberry daiquiri.