This Dirty Banana Frozen Drink recipe is a delicious cocktail made with Kahlua and Vodka. Served in a glass rimmed with chocolate, the banana and cream of coconut blend together for a perfectly creamy frozen tropical drink.
I tasted my first Dirty Banana drink on Ambergris Caye, a quiet island off the coast of Belize. And I was hooked! Delicious frozen drinks are my downfall and this one fit the bill perfectly.
Ever since I have tried a number of different Dirty Banana drink recipes in my travels. Ever since I have tried a number of different Dirty Banana drink recipes in my travels. It’s a popular drink in the year-round warm climates like Jamaica, Belize or pretty much any of the Caribbean islands. It’s also one of the most popular cocktails at Sandals resorts and on Princess Cruises.
It’s funny, because this similar drink, The Dirty Monkey cocktail, is more popular in Mexico. They’re both delicious!
When the temps warm up, the Dirty Banana frozen drink is a truly splendid summer cocktail to make at home! No reason to wait for your next vacation.
Do You Use Vodka or Rum in a Dirty Banana Recipe?
Some people make a Dirty Banana drink with rum instead of vodka. Strange to have the same drink made with such different liquors!
Either one is perfectly acceptable, but there is a difference in how your drink will taste. In the traditional Dirty Banana cocktail recipe, vodka being light and mostly flavorless liquor, it allows for the Kahlua, banana, cream of coconut and chocolate to stand out.
If you’re a rum drinker, you may prefer the added rum flavor taste. If that’s the case, simply substitute your favorite light rum in the Dirty Banana drink recipe below. I would caution using a dark rum or spiced rum. Rum is made from sugar cane and molasses and since this drink is already a sweet cocktail, rum will definitely taste sweeter. Best to stick to a light rum.
My preference is to make it with vodka since the other Dirty Banana drink ingredients are already sweet.
Dirty Banana vs. Dirty Monkey
Sometimes the Dirty Banana recipe is confused with a Dirty Monkey. These two drinks are definitely different! Although both recipes include Kahlua, Cream of Coconut and a fresh banana, each has other ingredients creating different flavors.
Both recipes call for different main liquors. The Dirty Banana recipe uses vodka, but some people do substitute it with rum (as mentioned above). Whereas the Dirty Monkey calls for rum and banana liqueur.
Another main difference between the two drinks is the added pineapple juice in this Dirty Monkey recipe. Although the drinks look almost the same, the pineapple juice gives it a really different taste. You might want to try each recipe because they are both tasty!
Dirty Banana Recipe Variations:
Some recipes call for the addition of a 1/2 shot of banana liqueur, but I think it’s totally unnecessary. Plus, it has the potential to ruin this fresh banana taste of goodness. Banana Liqueurs are great for recipes when you aren’t using an actual banana. For the half-ounce of extra alcohol, it isn’t worth messing with perfection! If you want to add more alcohol, simply add a 1/2 ounce of Vodka and use an extra large frozen banana.
Another common variation is to add more heavy cream and skip the cream of coconut. What? Yep, I’ve seen it done and it doesn’t taste near as good. The ounce of cream of coconut really adds to the creamy texture and more importantly, it adds extra deliciousness to this frozen tropical drink. Don’t skip it!
How to Make a Dirty Banana Frozen Drink
Break out the blender! Gather all your ingredients and let’s start mixing. One of the best tips for making a frozen Dirty Banana is to use a frozen ripe banana. The frozen banana will make this cocktail that much creamier.
Here’s the recipe and just below is the printable recipe card if you’d like to print it out. Or you could save this pin to your Pinterest cocktail board to easily reference later.
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Dirty Banana Frozen Drink Ingredients
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Kahlua (or your choice of coffee liqueur)
- 1 Frozen Ripe Banana (frozen banana makes it a little more creamer, ripe bananas give it more flavor)
- 1 oz Heavy Cream
- 1 oz Coco Lopez (cream of coconut)
- 1 cup Crushed ice
- Garnish: A squeeze of chocolate syrup around the inside of your glass
- Garnish: Top with a Maraschino cherry and tropical drink umbrella
Dirty Banana Recipe Directions:
- Combine all ingredients, except the garnishes, in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Squeeze chocolate syrup around the inside rim of your glass. It’ll drizzle down the inside of the glass creating this rich look and adding a touch of sweet chocolate to the flavors.
- Pour the mixture into the glass (typically a Parfait or Pina Colada style glass)
- Top with a Maraschino cherry and drink umbrella (of course!)
- If you didn’t use a frozen banana, do make sure you’re using a ripe one as it will have more flavor than a green banana.
- If you want a stronger banana flavor, increase the amount of banana as well as a little extra vodka (or rum, if that is your preferred liquor).
You’re going to love it!! Enjoy a taste of the islands with this Dirty Banana drink recipe. Cheers!
Tip: If you don’t have a frozen banana, a ripe banana works well and has more flavor than a green banana. Tip: If you want a stronger banana flavor, increase the amount of banana as well as a little extra vodka (or rum, if that is your preferred liquor). As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
chocolate to the flavors.
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Tip: If you don’t have a frozen banana, a ripe banana works well and has more flavor than a green banana.
Tip: If you want a stronger banana flavor, increase the amount of banana as well as a little extra vodka (or rum, if that is your preferred liquor).
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.