When you’re stuck with a bunch of brown bananas at the end of a long week, what’s a girl to do? Some might make banana bread or muffins, which is find and dandy. But, if you’re like me – by Friday you’re ready for a good cocktail. And there isn’t a better way to use up bananas than with a banana daiquiri.

I’m not one for fru-fru umbrella drinks, but I fell in love with the banana daiquiri on our honeymoon, where we were fortunate enough to visit the gorgeous island of St. Thomas. There we took a tour, with a wonderfully charismatic tour guide named Sunny Liston. If you’re ever in his neck of the woods, look him up. You’ll have a blast! One of the best views on the island is from the highest mountain top peak (naturally!) and they have a little shopping area/bar. “The Mountain Top” bar is actually home to the banana daiquiri, where it’s said they first concocted it back in the 40’s. The place burned down a few years ago, but it’s been rebuilt since. Thank God, I don’t think that gorgeous island would be the same without this gorgeous drink in hand.

I’ve thought about the drink from time to time since, and tried to recreate it to no avail. Until, I stumbled upon this recipe from Saveur. Nail on the head, people! Sweet, frothy, and strong. 6 ounces of rum may seem like a lot, but you wouldn’t know it’s there. The ripe bananas + banana liqueur gives it the perfect tropical kick. No fakey tasting banana – ugh, is there anything worse? Next time you have some bananas that are about to end up in the compost pile, make these daiquiris. It’s the next best thing to sitting on a tropical beach!


  1. Posted April 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

    Order up! I’ll take one now…. 🙂
    I’ll have to do this when I have bananas to use up.

    Happy Weekend! 😀

  2. Posted April 22, 2012 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    These sound totally awesome. Can’t wait to try them!

  3. Posted April 25, 2012 at 10:18 PM | Permalink

    These sound amazing and like the perfect way to start the weekend!

  4. Linsey @ Farmhouse Porch
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM | Permalink

    I was searching for this recipe bc someone gifted me a bottle of fine rum recently. I’m not a big drinker, but on our honeymoon to Antigua 10 years ago I fell in LOVE with the fresh banana daquiris served to me on the beach of Jumby Bay!
    Thanks for the recipe…

  5. Posted June 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    This is a great recipe! I’m off later on this week and you can bet these will be made! Thank you!

  6. Deb
    Posted June 25, 2016 at 5:40 AM | Permalink

    I don’t think its the home of the banana daiquri anymore:( They were the best though! Last i was there to St. Thomas it was home of the Bushwacker and they were amazing too! i was dissapointed thoiugh because I was expecting the banana daiquri

  7. Jamie
    Posted October 12, 2016 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    Deb – you’re thinking of Paradise Point I believe. Their signature drink is the Bushwacker. I’m pretty sure Mountain Top still serves their signature banana daiquri. Perhaps you ended up at the wrong overlook?

  8. Linda
    Posted September 14, 2017 at 9:57 PM | Permalink

    Both the bushwhacker and the banana daiquiri drinks are served at “The Mountain Top” in St. Thomas. We were just there before hurricane Irma so I hope that it is still there because it was a great drink. We were lucky enough that the bartenders on our cruise ship could make the same drink.

  9. Kath
    Posted July 5, 2018 at 9:07 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I didn’t have any banana liqueur but I mean do by adding a tablespoon of honey for sweetness. They were amazing.

    • Posted July 7, 2018 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

      They’re one of my favorites too, Kath – so glad you enjoyed them! 😀

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