The Best Frozen Banana Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe

Ah, the frozen banana daiquiri. There are few drinks that are so simple but also – how to say delicate? – completely fucked up by stupid bartenders trying to cut corners on the easiest drink ever. Seriously, cutting corners on a frozen banana daiquiri makes it harder And more expensive. It’s a wild world we live in, where people need to fuck up that gift.

The classic daiquiri – a simple blend of fresh lime juice, sugar and white rum – and the frozen banana daiquiri – a pulverized smoothie that adds fresh banana to the classic daiquiri – are Cuban icons in the world of cocktails. The frozen banana daiquiri exploded in Cuba thanks to American/European tourism in the first half of the 20th century and eventually spread to the rest of the Caribbean after the revolution. Then the 80s came and everything was over-commodified in the liquor industry. What was once a simple mix of fresh banana, fresh lime, sugar and white rum has become a cocktail with banana liqueur, triple sec, banana cream and other ingredients including, frankly , you don’t need in a daiquiri – Never.

Substituting a 25 cent fresh banana by having to buy both banana liqueur and triple sec (at least a $25 outlay) is madness to me. Not to mention that the flavor will never be good if you use these flavor “shortcuts”.

OK, the bartender is fuming. This beautiful drink is too delicious for such negativity. Let’s dive in and make a delicious frozen banana daiquiri because it’s a lot easier than you probably think.

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Frozen Banana Daiquiri

Zach Johnson


  • 2oz. White Rum
  • 0.5oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5oz. simple syrup
  • 1 soft banana (sliced)
  • 1 cup of ice cream
  • Cherry

Most decent white rums will work here. You can use lightly aged rum (no more than four years old) if you want to add some spice to the mix. The rest is quite simple.

I like to use a banana that is just starting to get brown spots. It’s much sweeter and gets creamier in the blender. If you can, go for a wholemeal, brown banana-ready banana bread, but it’s a little too juicy to get that creamier base when mixed together. It’s softer though, so there’s that trade-off.

Banana Daiquiri
Zach Johnson

What you will need:

  • Coupe glass, Collins or rocks
  • Blender or hand blender
  • Jigging
  • Pairing Knife
  • Hand juicer
Banana Daiquiri
Zach Johnson


  • Pre-chill the glass (crucial to keep the integrity of the drink).
  • Add the rum, simple syrup, lime juice and banana to the blender. Top with ice cream and blend until creamy and blended with remaining thin ice cream.
  • Pour the contents into a waiting glass and garnish with a cherry. Serve.

Conclusion on the Frozen Banana Daiquiri:

Banana Daiquiri
Zach Johnson

It’s so good. He always puts a smile on my face. It’s so refreshing while feeling healthy – thank you, banana!

The best part is that you still get the lightness of a classic fresh and vibrant daiquiri with every sip. It’s not heavy although it’s blended and a bit creamy thanks to the banana. It’s always fresh and fun with a deep daiquiri vibe accented by sweet banana depth.

I’m doing plenty this weekend. It’ll give me a chance to get some potassium in my system. Plus it gives me a chance to watch this clip of The Godfather, part II – which always makes me laugh.

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