Banana Daiquiri Basics: Recipe for Refreshing Indulgence

Banana Daiquiri

A banana daiquiri recipe follows the basic formula for daiquiris but adds either fresh bananas or banana liqueur. The most popular version is a frozen and blended banana daiquiri, but you can also make a banana daiquiri on the rocks, a virgin banana daiquiri, and other delicious variations.

Blended Frozen Banana Daiquiri Recipe

Daiquiris are essentially rum sours; that is, they follow a basic sour recipe with equal parts sweet and sour (in daiquiris, it's lime juice and simple syrup or sugar) and two parts hard liquor (in this case, rum). Frozen daiquiris add frozen elements (ice and/or frozen fruit) and sometimes an additional fruit or fruit flavor, and then they are pureed in a blender. The frozen banana daiquiri follows this formula and is a perennial favorite summertime tiki drink.

Frozen Banana Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces white rum
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Lime peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the banana, lime juice, syrup, rum, and ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lime peel.

Sweet Substitutions for Simple Syrup

You can also replace the simple syrup with an equal amount of a sweetened liqueur to change the flavors of your frozen banana daiquiri. Replace the syrup with ¾ ounce of any of the following:

  • Orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, triple sec, Cointreau, or curaçao
  • Coffee-flavored liqueur, such as Kahlúa (and use dark rum to bring out the molasses flavors)
  • Maraschino cherry liqueur
  • Chambord or another raspberry-flavored liqueur
  • Frangelico hazelnut flavored liqueur
  • Amaretto
  • Crème de cacao
  • Midori or another melon liqueur

How to Make a Banana Daiquiri on the Rocks

While many people think all daiquiris are frozen and blended, that's not necessarily the case. The basic daiquiri is actually served chilled and on the rocks, and a banana daiquiri is no exception. This simple recipe allows you to enjoy a banana daiquiri on the rocks.

Banana daiquiri on the rocks

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce banana liqueur
  • 1½ ounces white rum
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, banana liqueur, and rum.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with the lime wheel.

Recipe for a Virgin Banana Daiquiri Mocktail

If you don't drink alcohol, you can still enjoy a virgin frozen and blended banana daiquiri.

Banana Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces simple syrup
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Half banana, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the banana, lime juice, syrup, and ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with the banana slice.

Frozen Banana Mango Daiquiri

Tropical and refreshing, this is one tasty banana daiquiri. Feel free to replace the mango with an equal amount of another frozen fruit, such as pineapple or papaya, if you want different flavor profiles.

Fresh banana mango daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces white rum
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass.

Coconut Banana Daiquiri on the Rocks

A simple variation in ingredients creates a tropical, flavorful daiquiri.

Coconut Banana Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce banana liqueur
  • 1½ ounces coconut rum
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, banana liqueur, and coconut rum.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with the lime wheel.

Ginger Banana Daiquiri

If you like a little spice, then this ginger-scented daiquiri on the rocks is perfect for you. This makes two cocktails.

Ginger Banana Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce banana liqueur
  • ¾ ounce ginger infused simple syrup
  • 3 ounces dark rum
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill two cocktail glasses.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, banana liqueur, simple syrup, and dark rum.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glasses filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with the lime wedges.

Strawberry Banana Frozen Daiquiri

Strawberry and banana is a classic flavor combination that is delicious in a daiquiri. You can replace the strawberries with an equal amount of other frozen berries, such as blueberries or blackberries, for a different twist on the frozen berry banana daiquiri. This makes two daiquiris.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1½ ounces banana liqueur
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces white rum
  • 1 cups crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two cocktail glasses.

Virgin Frozen Coconut Banana Daiquiri

This blended frozen tropical mocktail is perfect for banana and coconut lovers.

Frozen, blended tropical fruit cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1½ ounces coconut cream
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the banana, lime juice, syrup, coconut cream, and crushed ice.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Types of Rum for Banana Daiquiris

You can use any type of rum for banana daiquiris, but the type of rum you use will slightly change the flavors.

  • White rum has the most neutral flavor and will keep the fruit flavors forward with a mild, alcoholic kick.
  • Dark rum adds warm, molasses flavors to cocktails. The molasses notes blend well with bananas.
  • Spiced rum will add molasses and spice flavors to a banana daiquiri.
  • Flavored rums add delicious flavor notes to banana daiquiris. One of the best for a banana daiquiri is Malibu or coconut flavored rum, but you can also try pineapple flavored rum, mango flavored rum, or passionfruit rum.

Enjoy a Delicious Banana Daiquiri

Whether a simple banana daiquiri, a frozen daiquiri, or one with exotic flavors from fruits and rums, banana daiquiris are a perennial favorite. Use the proportions in the recipes above to create your own delicious banana daiquiri flavors.

Was this page useful?
Related & Popular
Banana Daiquiri Basics: Recipe for Refreshing Indulgence