Copycat Beaches and Sandals' Dirty Banana co*cktail Recipe | (2024)

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Coffee liqueur and banana make up a frosty co*cktail that's borderline too good. If you're looking for a thicker drink (to slow yourself down?), try freezing the banana ahead of time.

Copycat Beaches and Sandals' Dirty Banana co*cktail Recipe | (1)


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1 ounce rum-based coffee liqueur
1 ounce rum cream
2 ounces milk
1/2 ounce simple syrup (a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 sugar that is simmered until sugar is dissolved)
1/2 banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup ice


Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend for 1 minute, or until desired consistency. Serve immediately in a frosted mug.

recipe tips

For a decorative touch, drizzle chocolate syrup inside the mug before adding the co*cktail.

Try adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an even creamier and thicker version of the Dirty Banana.

To boost the coffee flavor, add a shot of cold brew coffee in addition to the coffee liqueur.

If you prefer a sweeter co*cktail, adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste.

For a lighter version, use skim milk or a low-calorie milk alternative.

A pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg blended with the co*cktail can add an interesting spice note.

If the co*cktail is too thick, add more milk or a little water to reach the desired consistency.

For an extra cold drink, chill the liquors in the refrigerator or freezer before blending.

common recipe questions

What is the purpose of using a frozen banana in the co*cktail?

Using a frozen banana adds thickness and creaminess to the co*cktail.

Can I substitute the rum-based coffee liqueur with something else?

Yes, you can use a regular coffee liqueur or even a chocolate liqueur for a different flavor, though it will alter the traditional taste of the co*cktail.

What can I use instead of rum cream if I can't find it?

You can substitute rum cream with coconut cream and a splash of rum, or use Irish cream as a different but delicious alternative.

How can I make my own simple syrup?

Combine equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Cool before using in the co*cktail. Here is a simple syrup recipe.

What type of milk works best in the Dirty Banana co*cktail?

Any type of milk can be used according to preference, including whole milk for creaminess or almond milk (or similar) for a dairy-free option.

How do I serve the Dirty Banana co*cktail for a party?

Prepare the co*cktail in batches and serve in frosted mugs or glasses, garnished with a slice of banana or a sprinkle of ground coffee for a decorative touch.

Can the Dirty Banana co*cktail be made in advance?

It's best served fresh to maintain the frosty texture. However, you can prep the bananas (and freeze them) and simple syrup ahead of time.

How do I make a frosted mug?

Rinse the mug and place it in the freezer for at least an hour before serving. This will create a frosted appearance and help keep the co*cktail cold.

What garnishes work well with the Dirty Banana?

A slice of banana, a sprinkle of grated chocolate, or a dusting of cocoa powder are great garnishes.

nutrition data

272 calories, 9 grams fat, 35 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium.

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reviews & comments

  1. CurryFoodie REVIEW:
    March 4, 2014

    OH my this was good! Goes down way too easy though :)

  2. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    November 8, 2013

    This is SOOOOO good! I freeze the banana first and it gives it extra thickness. I also buy a bottle of simple syrup at the stores instead of making my own (much easier). I also use heavy cream for more thickness and add more kahlua.

  3. Mona REVIEW:
    June 30, 2013

    The Sandals we went to served this drink and this recipe is very close. VERY close. I don't think it had chocolate in it though like someone suggested. Maybe more of the coffee liqueur? Anyway, this as written is darn good too! Just becareful because like all the drinks there these pack a punch but taste like candy!

  4. beachrat June 28, 2009

    this is not the recipe from Sandals. not the one me and my husband went to anyway (Negril) this is all we drank the whole time we were there. i personally watched them make it. There is Appleton Rum and chocolate syrup in the Dirty Banana, hence the "dirty"..duh

  5. rmkck REVIEW:
    June 23, 2009

    Just got back from Sandals Royal Bahamian and LOVED this drink! I am at work right now daydreaming about that trip and decided to google the recipe....can't wait to get home and surprise my wife with this drink!

  6. marycelesta REVIEW:
    May 25, 2009

    We just got back from the Sandals Regency in St. Lucia and drank these every day!! Loved them so much we may just open our own bar and name it Dirty Banana :)

  7. Pipster REVIEW:
    April 6, 2009

    We just got bacj from our Honeymoon at the Sandals Regency in St Lucia. Tried the one at the Grand and it wasn't as good. The Regency version is:Local Bounty rumMohawk Coffee liqourCoconut Milk (the clear part)Milk1 whole bananablitzed with ice...I think I consumed over 30 bananas in a week through this drink!

  8. luv4islands REVIEW:
    September 28, 2008

    This is actually a Jamaican treat not necessarily just for Sandals! I've been to Jamaica countless times and have had them at every resort! We've tried to duplicate the recipe and even with these listed, it's not quite the same. Maybe it's the island air!!!

  9. ttots5 REVIEW:
    August 11, 2008

    My husband and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary at Sandals Royal Carribean in Jamaica. The dirty banana is a great drink. So refreshing at the swim up bar!!!! Thanks for the recipe. Making a drink soon.

  10. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    July 3, 2008

    Drank these daily at Sandal's Montego Bay on our honeymoon as well. Got this recipe now just need Red Stripe Light in the States!

  11. Guest Foodie REVIEW:
    October 23, 2007

    Drank MANY of these while vacationing at Sandal's Whitehouse Resort in Jamaica. They are great! So pleased to find the recipe, can't wait to make them at home!

  12. Shannon REVIEW:
    July 15, 2007

    My husband and I drank SO MANY of these on our honeymoon at The Sandals Grande St. Lucian. The most delicious tropical drink we've ever come across. We're definately making these for all of our friends.

  13. Maria REVIEW:
    June 13, 2007

    This is the best drink I have ever had! My husband and I spent our Honeymoon at the Whitehouse Jamaica Sandals Resort and I had one of these drinks every day b/c they were delicious! They tasted like a milkshake and was very refreshing when sitting out by the beach! I would recommend this delicious drink to anyone who doesn't like the taste of alcohol. You don't even realize you are drinking rum! :)

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