|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 20g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||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.|
Banana split martinis are 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 delicious dessert cocktail.
Just like a real banana split, play with this recipe and add your favorite "toppings," from strawberries and pineapple to caramel and whipped cream. Even the drink's ingredients offer opportunities to customize the flavor. For instance, you can choose a flavored vodka, give it a luscious creamy twist, or add other fruity mixers.
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.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3/4 ounce crème de banane (or banana liqueur)
- 3/4 ounce crème de cacao
- Garnish: banana slice, strawberry, or pineapple wedges
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, crème de banane, and crème de cacao.
Garnish with banana slices, strawberries, or pineapple wedges. Serve and enjoy.
No banana split is complete without the adornments, and garnishing your martini can be as simple or complex as you like. Beyond drinking it, it's the best part of making this cocktail.
- Fresh and dried banana slices will typically float on top of the martini.
- Cut a slit in banana slices, a whole strawberry, or pineapple wedges to slip them on the rim.
- A fan of strawberry slices is beautiful, and chocolate-covered strawberries add a sweet touch.
- Make a traditional "flag" garnish by skewering a pineapple wedge and cherry.
- Add chocolate, caramel, or strawberry sundae syrups: Drizzle syrup inside the cocktail glass, then place it in the freezer while you make the drink or use the syrup to top the other garnishes.
- A fun option is to float a canned pineapple slice on top of the drink, then top it with whipped cream and a drizzle of syrup. Admittedly, it's a little awkward to drink, but it is yummy.
- Top the martini with toasted coconut flakes or use them to rim the glass.
- Crème de cacao is a sweet chocolate liqueur. You can find it in both white (clear-colored) and dark (brown-colored) varieties, and which you choose will determine the martini's color.
Is Crème de Banane the Same as Banana Liqueur?
Crème de banane is a type of banana liqueur. Like all "crème" liqueurs, it is a little sweeter than other banana-flavored liqueurs. While most crème liqueurs are clear, many of the banana crèmes have a golden yellow color. Banana schnapps and other banana liqueurs are excellent substitutes in this martini. When stored properly, any banana liqueur has a shelf life of several years; it does not need to be refrigerated.
- One of the easiest ways to add an extra layer of flavor is to choose a flavored vodka that mimics your favorite sundae toppings. Coconut, pineapple, strawberry, and even caramel or chocolate vodkas are excellent options.
- If you want a richer banana split martini, switch to a creamy chocolate liqueur or add 1/2 to 1 ounce of a cream liqueur or heavy cream.
- Bring in another fruity flavor with 1/2 ounce of strawberry liqueur or grenadine.
- Transform this martini into a delicious smoothie. The spiked banana split smoothie recipe features chocolate and strawberry vodkas, a whole banana, pineapple juice, and vanilla ice cream.