This banana daiquiri recipe is a frosty, refreshing tropical rum drink! It’s quick and easy to blend up this frozen cocktail.

Banana Daiquiri

Looking for a tropical drink full of irresistible frosty flavor? Try this Banana Daiquiri recipe! This spin on the classic daiquiri is one of our favorite frozen drinks for impressing guests because: it’s just that irresistible! It’s got a pure banana flavor complimented by the zingy lime, vanilla and oak notes of aged rum, and a hint of orange liqueur on the finish. Take one sip and wowza! You’ll add this to your short list of rum drinks, stat.

Ingredients in this banana daiquiri recipe

This banana daiquiri is a spin of the Classic Daiquiri, a cocktail invented back in the 1800’s in Cuba. A classic daiquiri is just lime, rum, and simple syrup, though many people think of the drink as frozen. Frozen daiquiris made with ice in a blender came along later and rose to popularity in the 1990’s, like the ubiquitous Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

This banana daiquiri is a frozen-style daiquiri, but it has a sophisticated flavor that’s beyond what you’d expect from a frozen mix. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bananas
  • Aged rum
  • Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Ice
Banana Daiquiri recipe

Freeze the bananas (or substitute fresh)

The best way to make a banana daiquiri? With frozen bananas! They provide a beautifully frosty, icy texture that we love. But we get it: sometimes you just need a banana daiquiri now. You can also make it immediately with fresh bananas. Simply add another ½ cup ice to the recipe (follow the notes below!).

Use aged rum for best flavor

The type of rum that’s best in this banana daiquiri recipe? Aged rum. The vanilla and coconut notes in this type of rum makes the drink taste more complex. But you can use any type of rum you have on hand. Here are our top choices, in order of preference:

  • Aged rum, aka golden or añejo rum, has notes of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel
  • Dark rum has a deep, caramel flavor and notes of cinnamon and spices (see Dark Rum Drinks)
  • White rum has a straightforward flavor rum with the signature fruity finish

The only rum we wouldn’t substitute here? Coconut rum. It’s sweetened and more like a coconut liqueur, and it would make the drink much too sweet.

Banana Daiquiri

Cointreau vs Triple Sec

The other ingredient that deserves mention in this banana daiquiri? The orange liqueur. There are lots of types of orange liqueur: our favorite to use in cocktails is Cointreau. But you can substitute a good Triple Sec. Here’s what to know about them:

  • Cointreau is a premium orange liqueur with a developed-orange perfume flavor. It has notes of oak and vanilla, which make it taste more sophisticated than Triple Sec.
  • Triple Sec is slightly less refined in flavor than Cointreau: it has a very straightforward orange essence (almost like orange vodka). But either work in this banana daiquiri recipe!
Banana Daiquiri recipe

More daiquiri recipes

Once you’ve made a banana daiquiri…well, you should try all the daiquiri recipes! Start with the classic, and work from there. Here are our top daiquiri recipes:

When to serve a banana daiquiri

The banana daiquiri is a lightly sweet, icy tropical drink with big flavor! It’s great for sipping as a:

  • Summer rum drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Poolside or lake house drink
  • Cocktail night drink
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Banana Daiquiri

Banana Daiquiri


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3 medium or 2 large drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This banana daiquiri recipe is a frosty, refreshing tropical rum drink! It’s quick and easy to blend up this frozen cocktail.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 4 ounces* aged rum
  • 2 ounces Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce simple syrup (depending on the bananas)
  • 1 ½ cups ice

Instructions

  1. If time, slice the bananas into rounds and freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Otherwise, skip this step and use 2 cups ice instead of 1 ½ cups when blending.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender (starting with ½ ounce simple syrup) and blend until smooth. Taste and add the additional syrup if desired, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Serve immediately, garnished with a cocktail cherry or lime wheel if desired.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Banana daiquiri, banana daiquiri recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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