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Friday Cocktail


Scare up a decadent treat with this week’s Friday Cocktail, the Banshee.

In Irish lore, a banshee, or bean sidhe, is a female spirit whose wail is said to foreshadow death.  A perfect drink for Halloween, no?  I first tried this drink appropriately at Kitty Hoyne’s Irish Pub & Restuarant in Syracuse’s Armory Square in the mid-1990s.  Now some recipes call for rum, but let’s not go there.  The following is much tastier.

What you’ll need:  Banana Liqueur, White Crème de Cacao, and Cream

Pour 1 ounce each of banana liqueur and white crème de cacao in a shaker over cracked ice.  Pour in about 3 to 4 ounces of cream (enough to fill your glass).  Shake vigorously and then strain into a martini glass.  Alternatively, the drink may be poured in a rocks glass over cubed ice.  Optionally, garnish with a shaving of white chocolate should you have any on hand.

How I like it:  I prefer using a martini glass for this one.  Also, this drink is truly best using the above recipe.  It can be made using Godiva Chocolate liqueur instead of the creme de cacao–a common subsitute I’ve made–but the balance of flavor will be thrown off.  However, those who are calorie conscious might consider subsituting milk for the cream.  However, you serve it; this is one drink that screams for more.

Don’t risk hearing a banshee’s cry, drink responsibly.

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