Happy Banana Cream Cocktail

…creamy…frothy…wickedly delicious…

And I don’t mean getting intoxicated.

I am not a big drinker and I generally don’t drink alcohol unless on a special occasion when I’m offered a light fruity glass of wine (which most time gets shared with the Mr). The exception is my Kahlua coffee liquor that lives in my pantry and I like to use in food for its distinct aroma and flavor. Like this:

happy delicious banana cream cocktail

Growing up one of my favorite fruits to eat was bananas. I would mash it, add a touch of kosher salt (yes, salt), and eat it. Growing a little older I “discovered” banana shakes that I prepared myself using banana and ice. Never added yogurt or milk.  To this day while I do something in the kitchen like cooking,  I find myself sometimes mashing a banana, add salt and eat. Yes, some roll their eyes on me. But this is one of many childhood memories…and I love remembering them that way.

happy delicious banana cream cocktail

Lately I’ve found myself monkeying around with bananas possibly a new obsession, then come up with delightful drinks that the Mr would be proud to rate them as Award Winning banana cocktails.  Well, the Mr would rate anything I do as Award Winning. But that’s another post.

Banana drinks are nothing new, they date back to late 1800s, and now I personalized the recipe and made it an absolutely new favorite. This one is based on Banana-Kahlua mix, it’s delicious and satisfying enough to rock as the new DJ in my house.

Hanging out with friends any time soon? if they love bananas they will love this cocktail…

they will probably ask for more…

and you probably will run out of bananas.

happy delicious banana cream cocktail

Are you anything like my beloved first born and don’t like to share? be my guest then and have it all to yourself. You might want to add another banana. You deserve it. Something like this:

delicious banana cream cocktail

The best thing is that you can mix into the bananas any flavored liquor you like. I use Kahlua in a lot of my mix-a-drink recipes but never on its own, because for someone like moi who cannot tolerate alcohol (which is a good thing), this one when mixed does not make me talk in a language no one heard of.

So…shall we:

Banana Cream Cocktail

ingredients:

1/2 part kahlua coffee liquor**
1 medium firm banana
1 part whipping cream
pinch cinnamon powder and/or cardamom powder (optional)
crushed ice (start with 1/2 a cup, you can always add more).

In a blender combine all the ingredients. Blend.

Pour drink into chilled martini glass. Garnish with banana and spices.

** Turn this drink to kid friendly by substitute the liquor with low-fat or skim milk. Super for breakfast or a treat.

Note: Drink responsibly.

You may adjust measurements to your liking.

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Care for Kahlua cocktail?

This is the best Kahlua banana cocktail you will ever make. Once you start using Kahlua in your drinks you can begin your own drinks collection. Kahlua is so versatile and can be used in many ways – if you love coffee liquor.

So what do you do when you’re stuck with ripe bananas? Most people I know throw them away. I usually have one or two left that I tend to trash because no one, even if I pay them, will eat it in my house.

I wasn’t even going to consider a search for any recipe that calls for over ripen bananas. Seriously? I looked at my poor looking bananas and promised that I will find something creative to do with them and trashing it wasn’t an option. Now I’m not talking about over ripen bananas that lose color, taste or smell bad no. I’m not that desperate. I’m talking about bananas that once they show their first tiny sign of aging they are dismissed completely by everyone in my family. How sad.

What to do what to do? Ah…I love Kahlua liquor. Don’t you? I always have it in my pantry. So…ripe bananas…Kahlua…heavy cream (which I happened to have)…cardamon seeds (I’m always looking to spice things up). Bingo! Kahlua/banana cocktail. It’s like a shake that brings the kid out of me…but with a twist.

delicious kahlua cocktailThis cocktail is different than others because of a little tiny devil – cardamon. It’s scent is warm and aromatic and the taste is sharp so you need only a few to add this unique flavor.
delicious kahlua cocktail

Shall we?

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas peeled and sliced
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 c. Kahlua liquor
1/4 c. cold heavy cream
1/2 c. cold low-fat milk
4 cardamon seeds crushed (or 1/4 tsp cardamon powder)
unsweetened cocoa powder for garnish
 ice (enough to make the drink cold)

Preparation:

Combine Kahlua, sugar and bananas in a small sauce pan. Medium heat. Cook while stirring for about 10 min., until syrup starts to develop. Don’t worry about how the bananas look like.

At this time things start to sell AMAZING.

Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes. In the meantime combine milk, heavy cream, cardamon and ice in a blender. Slowly add the banana mixture. Blend while breaking the ice turning the mixture into a light shake.

Pour into tall glass goblets, dust with cocoa powder and it’s mmm…enjoy.