Have a treat this Friday with a Banana Split cocktail!
This is one of those modern cocktail creations that tries to mimic the flavor of something familiar, typically a dessert or candy. Previously I featured the Chocolate-Covered Cherry (or Cherry Cordial) cocktail which I’d first encountered at a former Toronto restaurant.
This Friday’s cocktail is inspired by one I recently tried at another Canadian restaurant. Fellini’s, a longtime Italian eatery in Stratford, Canada, featured what they called a Banana Splitini on their specialty drink menu. Here’s my approximation of this delicious concoction.
What you’ll need: Vodka, white crème de cacao, banana liqueur, and Chambord.
Pour 1 1/2 ounce of vodka in a shaker over cracked ice. Add in an ounce each of white crème de cacao and banana liqueur. Top off with a teaspoon of Chambord. Shake and then strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass.
Keep in mind your drink will be clear unless using a brand of banana liqueur that has a strong yellow color. Some may prefer the look of a yellow drink, but it doesn’t effect the flavor either way.
How I like it: With a cherry! A garnish isn’t necessary, but I often think of sundaes and banana splits with a cherry on top. So a maraschino cherry as a garnish is très à propos. I might also suggest switching out the raspberry-flavored Chambord with a Maraschino liqueur to better mimic that “cherry on top.” You might also consider a coconut or fruit flavored-vodka which could add a little something extra to your drink, but it won’t taste like the traditional banana split.
As always, drink responsibly!