Banana Cabana – A Caribbean Drink

A banana cabana with sliced bananas and nutmeg.

The Banana Cabana is a brain-freeze-inducing blender drink that’s sweet, creamy and tropical. Also known as a dirty banana drink, this creamy, frozen cocktail is quick and easy to make with an overripe banana, Kahlua, rum, and Bailey’s Irish Cream. If you want to take a Caribbean vacation without the costly plane ticket, make this banana rum drink and remember the paper umbrella.

Before we officially kiss summer goodbye, we’ve got time for one or two more frozen rum drinks, don’t we, after all it’s still Labor Day weekend, right? This blender drink will be more than welcome with my friends and I imagine yours too… The banana cabana is a Caribbean drink that had me greedily tapping my glass to coax the last frosty remnants into my mouth. Yes, it’s THAT GOOD.  Try it.  You’ll see.

Ingredients for the banana cabana on a countertop.

This recipe is actually a riff on a frosty drink I had at Blanchard’s, a fun, inventive restaurant that’s located smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean.  Are you familiar with St. Martin/St. Maarten?  Well, that’s not their island… they’re just a ferry ride away on the tiny outpost of Anguilla.  On the menu at Blanchard’s you’ll find everything from island-inspired salads to fresh seafood and spiny lobsters and of course, blender drinks.  You know, those frozen rum drinks that make a lazy beach day  that much better…

banana, coco lopez, baileys, and kahlua.

The banana cabana is just such a drink. With simple ingredients that might already be in your liquor cabinet, this Caribbean drink is the best reason I can think of to break out the blender. One whole banana, a bit of Coco Lopez and a combo of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kahlua start the party.

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coco lopez and liquors in a blender.

Blender drinks start and end with a blender and this Caribbean drink is no exception. It’s best to add the ingredients in a specific order with the ice always coming last.  The reason for that, is that you want the blades to start their whirring action without being impeded immediately by solid ice cubes.  Adding the ice as the last ingredient allows all the components to combine into that frosty smooth blend that’s creamy and luscious on the tongue.

ingredients for the banana cabana in a blender.

So, the soft ingredients go in first: Coco Lopez, Kahula, Baileys, rum (of course, rum – it’s a frozen rum drink, after all) and a banana.

adding ice to the ingredients in the blender.

Then the ice. Notice how I’ve got my glass right next to the blender?  That’s ’cause I know what’s coming and how good it is.

blending a banana cabana a caribbean drink.

Blend to oblivion. { I recently did a post on the best blenders for frozen drinks, so if you need an upgrade to yours, check out the three most recommended brands in that article.} Look at that creamy smooth emulsion. The banana cabana is a quintessential blender drink that’ll have you booking a ticket to the islands in no time.

garnished banana cabana a caribbean drink.

Now you can get fancy with your garnish, or keep it simple. For this frozen rum drink, I added a few sliced bananas and a sprinkle of nutmeg, but you could use toasted coconut with a sprinkle of cocoa or just add a rum floater and slip in a straw.

blended banana cabana a caribbean drink.

With your first sip, this Caribbean drink will transport you to a sun-drenched beach with a playful sea breeze, at least that’s what happened when I closed my eyes and concentrated on the not-too-sweet flavors of this frozen rum drink. Which island will the banana cabana take you to?

banana cabana with an umbrella a caribbean drink.

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Banana Cabana

This dirty banana drink (so called because of the coffee liqueur and Irish cream additions) makes a delicious frozen banana cocktail you’ll want to sip all summer long.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword baileys, banana, blender drinks, frozen drinks, kahlua, rum
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 tablespoons Coco Lopez cream of coconut
  • ¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • 1 tablespoon white rum (can use dark rum also)
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 ½ cups crushed ice
  • pinch nutmeg
  • a few slices of banana for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  • Into a heavy duty blender add the ingredients in this order: Coco Lopez, Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, rum, banana and ice.
  • Blend until the ice is thoroughly blended into the drink and there are no more chunks.  Should be smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into serving glasses and garnish with a pinch of nutmeg and sliced banana if desired.  Tropical umbrellas optional!

NUTRITION:

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 211mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
If you love blender drinks, the Banana Cabana is for you! A frozen rum drink with Coco Lopez, Bailey's & Kahlua & a whole banana. A frosty Caribbean drink that'll take you to the islands. #bananacabana #banana #rum #baileysirishcream #kahluah #banana #whiterum #darkrum #bananarumcocktail #frozenrumdrinks #coconutrumcocktail #cocolopez #blenderdrinks #caribbeandrink #boatdrinks #frostydrinks #islanddrinks

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15 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    A friend made this for me to drink poolside and man, was it good…so good that I had two! Will be making more in the future!!!

  2. can this be made without the alcohol for kids?

    1. Sure. To get that coffee flavor, from the kalhua, you might want to add 1/4 cup of brewed coffee (at room temperature) and a tablespoon of simple syrup.

  3. 5 stars
    We definitely can drink these past Labor day, because as we know, Summer isn’t over yet. Heck, I’m not going to limit myself to these delicious banana cabana drinks to just the Summer! Heck, no! I’m going to drink these year round! Love the ingredients!

    1. We are in South Florida, so this is definitely a year-round beverage for us!

  4. 5 stars
    There’s definitely still time for a drink like this! In fact, I’ll probably want to whip them up in the middle of winter and pretend I’m sitting on a beach somewhere enjoying the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    I definitely want to try this! We love frosty drinks, and can you ever go wrong with Baileys and rum??? Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Dahn @savorthebest says:

    5 stars
    Oh this looks amazing. Would it be bad if I had it for breakfast? It does have bananas in it and that is a breakfast item. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, maybe I should at least wait for lunch

    1. I’m not the food police, so you’re welcome to imbibe at whatever hour you feel is appropriate!