Banana Split Martini

Banana Split Martinis

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
241 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 241
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Banana split martinis are really fun cocktails to mix up at home. The​ simple vodka martini is filled with the tempting duo of bananas and chocolate, but there's so much more you can do with this dessert cocktail!

Just like a real banana split, you can play with this recipe and add your favorite "toppings," from strawberries and pineapple to caramel and whipped cream. Even the drink's three ingredients offer a few opportunities to customize the flavor. For instance, you can choose a flavored vodka, select a sweeter banana liqueur, or go with a luscious, creamy alternative to crème de cacao.

There are no right or wrong ways to enjoy a banana split martini! Get creative and use this recipe as inspiration for devising your perfect indulgence in a glass.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce crème de banane (or banana liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce crème de cacao
  • Garnish: banana slice, strawberry, pineapple slice, or whipped cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, crème de banane, and crème de cacao.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with a banana slice.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Garnish Options

No banana split is complete without the adornments! Garnishing your martini can be as simple or complex as you like and, beyond drinking it, it's the best part of making this cocktail.

  • Banana Slice: Whether it's still in the peel or out, one to three slices of banana are an easy way to go. Simply cut a slit in each slice, and slip it on the rim.
  • Strawberries: During strawberry season, adorn your glass with a whole berry or a fan of strawberry slices. Again, cut a slit in the fruit to get it to rest on the rim. Chocolate-covered strawberries are super fun as well.
  • Pineapple: You can make a traditional garnish flag with a triangle of pineapple and a cherry. Another fun option is to float a canned pineapple slice on top of the drink. It acts as a foundation for whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup, though you may need a straw to drink it.
  • Sundae Syrups: Chocolate, caramel, and strawberry sundae syrups are a fantastic way to finish up the banana split martini. These can be drizzled along the side of the cocktail glass or used to top your other garnishes.
  • Sundae Toppings: From coconut flakes to tiny candy decorations, whatever you would use to dress up a banana split can work on this martini. This includes whipped cream.

Tips

  • You have a few options when it comes to the banana liqueur. Crème de banane is a sweet liqueur that is filled with a great banana flavor. While most crème liqueurs are clear, you'll find that many of the banana crèmes have a golden yellow color.
  • Banana schnapps and other liqueurs are also available to experiment with. Look for brands like Bols, Giffard, Marie Brizard, Vedrenne, and 99 Bananas.
  • Crème de cacao is a great choice for the chocolate liqueur. You can find it in both white (clear-colored) and dark (brown-colored) varieties. It offers the sweet taste of chocolate that's really nice with the banana.
  • Alternatively, if you want a creamier cocktail, pick up a bottle of Godiva or Dorda. Both are from renowned chocolatiers who brought their sweet skills into the liqueur market. They make some very delicious cocktails.

Recipe Variation

  • One of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of flavor is to choose a flavored vodka that mimics your favorite sundae toppings. Strawberry, pineapple, coconut, even more chocolate or banana are all good options. There are vodkas available in each of these flavors.
  • The banana split can also be transformed into a delicious smoothie! The spiked banana split smoothie recipe features chocolate and strawberry vodkas, a whole banana, pineapple juice, and vanilla ice cream.

How Strong Is a Banana Split Martini?

The banana split martini may be sweet and pretty, but it packs a big punch. The alcohol content should fall somewhere around 25 percent ABV (50 proof), which is not unusual for martinis.