Tag Archive: Creme de Banane

La Jolla

Oh La Jolla!  Since moving to San Diego in 1990, it has always been a secret dream of mine to live in the village.  As I got older I started to realize that (1) traffic sucks and (2) it’s a bit spendy.  But heh, it’s a dream, right?  We’ll maybe next year when we start looking for a house we’ll turn that dream into a reality.  That, or come back to reality.

So let’s see if the drink matches my fantasy or ends up being a disappointment.

  • 3 ounces of Brandy (Spanish)
  • 1 ounce Creme de Banana
  • 0.5 ounce orange juice
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice

Shake over ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.  Serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Basically what we have here is some brown liquor shaken together with some juices – hmmm.
  • You gotta love brandy for this one – make sure you are using a quality brand-e!
  • Tastes of sweetened brandy with a banana aftertaste, admittedly though, the juice flavor is lost in the body of the drink.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A little bit of a disappointment here, not sure this one is going to make the recommend list – although it does have a good name!

British Atol

Most cocktails are for the eveninging, but there are certain drinks that are acceptable before noon.  This would be one of those drinks – it’s juice with alcohol!  So grab your cocktail shaker and make a British Atol with your cornflakes.

  • 2 ounces gin (Bombay Sapphire)
  • 2 ounces creme de bannana
  • 2 ounces orange juice

Combine over ice, shake, strain and serve into a martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Bananna first, orange juice second and a hint of gin.
  • No question this is a sweet concoction, perfeect substitute to juice with breakfast!
  • It’s surprising that this is made with gin, almost seems better suited to vodka – I’ll have to try that next time.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 9/10
  • Perfect addition to your next brunch.


Uh, how do you say that… ORR-A-CAH-BE-SA?  I was looking for some interesting things to mention about today and I found a list of the most obscure “days”.  So today, March 2nd, is: “Dress in Blue Day”, “Dr. Seuss Day”, “Employee Appreciation Day”, “Read Across America Day” and “Shabbat Across America Day” – who knew.  So appreciate your workers by reading them “The Cat in the Hat” while wearing your best blue jeans and a Yarmulke.  You’ll be covered.  Once your done with that – make yourself a cocktail.

A sweet one tonight – a rum cocktail with banana liqueur.

  • 1.5 ounces of banana liqueur
  • 0.75 ounce gold rum
  • 0.75 lemon juice

Mix everything in a shaker over ice, serve up in a martini glass.  If adventurous, garnish with a slice of banana and a lemon wedge.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • First sip and it tastes like those hard candies in shape of little bananas… you know the ones.
  • VERY sweet, all banana and lemon – you can’t even tell there is rum in there.
  • Only for those with a sweet tooth.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 5/10
  • Sweetness: 10/10
  •  This drink epitomizes liquid candy!

Blue-Eyed Blonde

It’s a birthday!  Today we celebrated my sister’s birthday with a family dinner at PF Changs.  It’s always great to get the together with the family, but when done with a family dinner I could always use a drink!  When everyone was enjoying their deserts served in shot glasses the choice seemed obvious – time for a first on davedrinks – shooter!

  • 0.5 ounce Frangelico
  • 0.5 ounce creme de banane
  • 0.5 blue curacao

This is a “pousse-cafe” drink – so you have to careful making this.  Start with a clean shot glass, and pour in the Frangelico.  Next slowly pour in the creme de banane over the back of a spoon, being careful not to mix the ingredients.  Finally add the blue curacao over the same way and you have a Blue-Eyed Blonde!

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • It’s a family soother.
  • Nutty, bannana-y with a hint of orange.
  • This would be a great alternative to a sweet treat after dinner!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Theis is a great shooter – looks fun and tastes that way too!