15 Creative and Simple Banana Cocktails to Mix up

You'll go bananas for these fun and delicious drinks

Banana Cream Pie Cocktail With RumChata
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Have you enjoyed a banana cocktail lately? Though the fruit is often associated with healthy smoothies, it is a fabulous flavor for adult beverages as well. It's true that banana cocktails are not numerous, but the recipes that feature the fruit are a ton of fun. From daiquiris to martinis, even a few shots, you'll go bananas over these yummy drinks.

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    Banana Daiquiri

    Frozen Banana Daiquiri cocktail recipe

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    The most popular banana cocktail has to be the frozen banana daiquiri. It is delicious, sweet, and a simple joy to blend up on a hot summer day. The recipe is also very easy and all you really need for the main flavor is a single banana.

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    Yellow Submarine

    Easy Yellow Submarine Cocktail Recipe

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    The sweet taste of bananas takes center stage in the yellow submarine. With a vodka and rum backdrop, it's a quick and delightful vodka martini that features a banana liqueur. It gives you that ease of an "up" drink with a taste of the tropics and it's fabulous for a poolside party.

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    Banshee

    The Creamy Banshee Cocktail

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    The banshee is a fun and easy way to drink your bananas. You'll simply combine banana and chocolate liqueurs, then add cream to create a very delicious little drink. If you like, add a shot of vodka. Some banshee recipes use citrus vodka, though strawberry, coffee, or any other flavored vodka can give it little extra pizazz.

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    Banana Split Martini

    Banana Split Martinis

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    The banana split martini is a fancier version of the banshee and it skips the cream. Just like its namesake ice cream treat, this vodka martini can take on any flavor you like. Keep the banana, but think about switching to a caramel vodka, adding a coconut rum, or tossing in a strawberry liqueur. You really can't go wrong in your experiments.

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    Frozen Banana Split Cocktail

    Glass of banana milkshake with whipped cream and chocolate granules
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    If you can't imagine a banana split without the ice cream, this recipe is for you. It's essentially a spiked milkshake that plays off the banana split's most popular toppings. With its chocolate and strawberry vodka foundation, fresh banana, and pineapple juice, it's utterly delicious.

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    Dirty Banana

    Dirty Banana Cocktail

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    If you've traveled to the Caribbean, it's possible that you've enjoyed a dirty banana. It's a favorite among sun-seeking tourists and easy to make at home. Simply toss banana and coffee liqueurs, your favorite rum, cream, and milk into the blender along with a ripe banana and whirl it up. One taste and you'll be transported back to the islands... no passport needed!

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    Banana Hammock

    Banana Hammock Cocktail
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    The banana hammock is an impressive and tasty banana drink that makes good use of your favorite spiced rum. It may just be one of the best banana drinks created to date. The key to this cocktail is the homemade banana syrup, which is simply a pureed banana added to a standard simple syrup. It's fantastic and may find its way into more of your drinks.

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    Banana Cream Pie

    Banana Cream Pie Cocktail With RumChata
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    RumChata is one of the hottest liqueurs on the market. It's a fabulous choice for creating simple, delicious drinks like the banana cream pie. All you need is RumChata and banana liqueur and you're ready to drink your dessert.

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    Talking Monkey

    Van Gogh Vodka's Talking Monkey Cocktail
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    The banana-chocolate combo is everywhere and the talking monkey takes it up a notch. Its creamy mix of chocolate vodka and banana liqueur is accented with a dash each of espresso vodka and coffee liqueur. It's a perfectly balanced cocktail and a fabulous dessert drink.

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    Rock Lobster

    Popular Rock Lobster Frozen Cocktail Recipe
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    Ready for one of the best tropical fruit cocktails to ever hit a blender? You are going to fall in love with the sweet taste of the rock lobster. This blend is fun and fruity, combining coconut rum, banana, pineapple, orange, and grenadine. While it may seem like you're tossing random ingredients into the blender, a little splash of this or that never hurt a frozen cocktail, so go ahead and enjoy!

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    Irish Encounter

    The Irish Encounter Frozen Cocktail With Pyrat Rum

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    The only thing "Irish" about the Irish encounter is the Irish cream. Yet, it is a fun blended cocktail. If you're a fan of the piña colada, you'll love this recipe because the pineapple is replaced with a ripe banana. Paired with coconut milk and aged rum, then topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut, it's a fantastic indulgence.

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    Rum Runner

    Rum Runner

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    The rum runner is a very popular tiki cocktail and there are many ways to make it. The best recipes include crème de banane or another banana liqueur. No matter which you choose, all rum runner recipes are filled with an array of fruity flavors and an absolute joy to drink.

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    Bazooka Joe Shooter

    Bazooka Joe Shooter

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    Banana liqueurs are responsible for making some of the tastiest shots you can mix up. In the Bazooka Joe shooter, you'll mix it with Irish cream and blue curaçao. It's banana-citrus flavor and creamy smoothness goes down easily.

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    Superman Shot

    Layered Superman Shot

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    Mixing up a round of Superman shots for your friends is sure to grab their attention. This three-layered shooter will show off your bartending skills as you pour banana and cherry liqueurs with UV Blue Vodka to replicate "The Man of Steel's" signature colors. It not only looks great, but it's pretty darn tasty, too.

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    Banana Daiquiri Jelly Shot

    Banana Daiquiri Jelly Shot

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    It's super easy to give jello shots a banana spin. A fun and easy project you can prep in advance of a party, these banana daiquiri jelly shots are delicious little treats. The flavor comes from banana liqueur and gelatin, which are backed by rum and triple sec. It's everything that's great about the daiquiri, just with a little extra jiggle.

Banana Liquor Options

Banana-flavored distilled spirits are few, but they are around. Liqueurs are the most common spirits to take on the flavor; they're also called crème de banane or banana schnapps. Popular brands include 99 Bananas, Marie Brizard, Bols, DeKuyper, and Hiram Walker.

You may also come across recipes calling for banana-infused vodka (though none are included here). These tend to be harder to find and if a vodka brand produces it, it may not be around for long. A number have come and gone on the market, though you can always infuse your own. Quite honestly, perfecting your own recipe may be easier than hunting down a bottle.