Banana Split Martini

Banana Split Martini

Banana Split Martini

There’s been some monkey business going on behind the bar. My trusty mascot persuaded me to recreate his favourite dessert as a cocktail to delight the senses. The result is a smooth blend of creamy flavours that your sweet tooth will just go bananas for.

Ingredients

1½ oz Pinnacle Whipped vodka

½ oz Bols Banana Liqueur

1 oz 1-per-cent milk

Banana slice to garnish

Method

Ice a martini glass and set aside. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Discard the ice from the martini glass. Strain shaken mixture into the now chilled glass.

Tips

Using Pinnacle Whipped vodka gives a whipped-cream taste so you don’t need heavy cream to achieve a great banana split flavour. You can use lactose-free milk if required.

Atlantic Breeze

Atlantic Breeze

Atlantic Breeze

I like to pick up drink recipes during tropical vacations. The Atlantic Breeze, which I came across while visiting the Cayman Islands, is refreshing enough to make you feel like you’re on vacation even when you aren’t. The flavours start with sweet vanilla, followed by light apricot, pineapple, tart lemon and dry aged rum.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum

1/2 oz Bols Apricot Brandy liqueur

2 1/2 oz Pineapple juice

1/2 oz Lemon juice

1/4 oz Galliano Liqueur

Garnish with an orange wheel

Method

Pour all ingredients except the Galliano into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir and then float the Galliano on top. Garnish with an orange wheel and enjoy.

Tips

This drink is a breeze to make. Floating the Galliano on top allows the rich aroma and sweet flavour of vanilla to be the first to reach your senses.

Sombrero

Sombrero

Sombrero

Kick out the winter chills and remind yourself of a warm breeze, sand between your toes and sunbeams on your face with this summery cocktail.

Ingredients

1 oz Sauza Gold tequila

1 oz Bols Crème de Cacao

4 oz milk or cream

Grated nutmeg to finish

Method

Pour all the ingredients into a shaker tin half filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a margarita glass. Grate a little nutmeg over top of the drink to finish.

Tips

When you are using a heavy ingredient such as milk or cream, it’s important to shake a few more times than normal to make sure everything is mixed together.

Feel free to substitute the milk or cream for almond milk or lactose-free milk.

Torpedo

Torpedo

Torpedo

The delicate balance of French oak cognac and orange liqueur is supported by fresh orange and lemon juices in this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 oz Courvoisier VS Cognac

1/4oz Bols Triple Sec liqueur

1/8 oz fresh lemon juice

1/4oz simple syrup

2 oz fresh orange juice

Orange peel for garnish

Method

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of orange peel.

Tips

To make simple syrup, combine equal parts hot water and sugar.

Using fresh squeezed juice creates the most flavourful drinks.