Dirty Banana

The first time I experienced a drink called the a Dirty Banana was in Jamaica after spending the day on a Cool Runnings Sail to Dunn’s River Falls. The sail offered endless pours of rum punch and to be honest with you, by the time someone ordered a Dirty Banana cocktail for me later that evening, I was nearly rummed out for the day. I know, what a lightweight. However, the lovely flavor of fresh banana mingled with dark rum and coffee flavored liqueur remained etched in my mind.

Recently one of our Facebook friends asked if we could dig up a recipe for a Dirty Banana that she had enjoyed during a recent vacation to Jamaica. There were many recipes available on the web, but after a bit of testing and tweaking, we settled on the taste of the recipe below. We sprinkled the top of the drink with cinnamon, but allspice could be used as well as a floater of Tia Maria! Enjoy a taste of Jamaica, mon!

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Dirty Banana
(makes 2 servings)

2 oz. Tia Maria
2 oz. dark rum
2 oz. rum cream liqueur
4 oz. milk
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 banana

Fill blender 3/4 way with ice and all ingredients. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle the top with cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg or add a floater of Tia Maria.


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  1. Melinda A. says:

    Looks and sounds great!! I will have to make it this weekend!! Thanks!

  2. De Island Girl says:

    1 banana
    2 oz Dark Rum
    2 oz Kahlua
    2 oz Rum Cream or Baileys
    2 oz Creme de Banana
    2 oz Creme d Cocao
    Milk as needed to make it smooth
    Fill blender 3/4 way with ice and all ingredients. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses

  3. Heather says:

    I too have just returned from Jamaica and had a great time on the Cool Runnings party boat. Thanx for the recipe this is all I’ve been craving

  4. Dumb question, but what is the simple syrup?

    • Hi Ali – just take equal parts water and sugar and in a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.

      • You can buy simple syrup already prepared at gourmet stores. If you buy it or make it, make sure you refrigerate after opening. You also need it for Mojitos.

  5. I’ve had “Dirty Bananas” in Jamaica !! Awesome drinks – good source for potassium too. Quite filling. How about a recipe for the “Bob Marley”? They were good too !!

  6. was my fav drink this summer in Jamaica. morning noon and night. I have finally found the recipe. thank you

  7. Just got back from Jamaica! This was one of my favorite drinks there. Thanks for the recipe, It’s keeping my Jamaican experience alive!


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