Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Just a little bit of magic and a banana--not harmful magic, no not Hoodoo, and just a normal banana--and you have this bewitching frozen cocktail from Haiti. All the flavors blend nicely, giving off an overall tropical bouquet. Southern Comfort (replaced here with Bird Dog peach whiskey) is peach liqueur (not a whiskey). Here it reads as sweetness and something from the subtropic world. Just as Southern Comfort provides escapism in America's northern climes, so it lends exoticism to a tiki cocktail.

Banana adds richness here. You almost don't notice the flavor or the pulp of the fruit due to blending and the fact that there's no fat, as you have in smoothies with yogurt or cream. Instead, it too is an exotic texture and scent that augments the fresh pressed cane juice rum from Barbancourt. This spirit is golden in color and has a whiff of burnt molasses that finishes more like caramel.

  • 1 oz. Haitian rum (Barbancourt 4-year blend used)
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort (Bird Dog peach whiskey used)
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. falernum or orgeat syrup (homemade falernum and a tsp. brown sugar syrup used)
  • 1/2 ripe banana sliced
Combine all ingredients in a blender with plenty of ice. Blend until smooth and pour into a chilled Collins glass. Garnish at will with umbrella or swizzle stick.

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