Banana-Rum Cocktail

This recipe will get you in the summer spirit with flavors of banana and lime.


Those hot, summer days are finally upon us. What better way to stay cool than with a refreshing cocktail?

Rum is not a liquor I usually associate with unless it is clear and in the form of a daiquiri. So when I began my search for a concoction that required spiced rum, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this recipe. With just 4 ingredients, this drink is quick, easy, and cheap—a perfect combination. 

At first I was a bit skeptical. I am not a fan of banana flavored syrup. I like real bananas, but for some reason the artificial flavoring always falls flat for me. To my surprise, the sultry, spiced rum brought out an almost cinnamon quality in the fruit that I didn’t expect.

Like most recipes found on the WV Food blog, this cocktail is customizable. If you don’t like banana, use pineapple. If you don’t care for lime, choose your own favorite fruit juice. It’s hard to go wrong with any ingredients you choose.


Banana-Rum Cocktail

1.5 oz. spiced rum
¾ oz. banana syrup*
¾ oz. lime juice
A splash of bitters

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Serve in glass of your choice, but be sure to dust the rim with sugar. I placed the rim of my glass in lime juice and then dipped it in sugar to ensure it would stick.

Grab a few of those cute cocktail umbrellas, relax, and pretend you are somewhere tropical.

Yields: 1 cocktail


*If you are still skeptical about using an artificially flavored syrup, the original recipe I found also provided instructions on how to make your own banana syrup: a pureed banana combined with an equal amount of simple syrup. Boil the ingredients and then strain to dispose of any unwanted fruit chunks.

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