Chocolate & Banana Frozen Cocktail
March 22, 2022
Chocolate and banana are a classic flavor combination that feels somehow both tropical and cozy. When combined with liqueurs, dark rum, and coconut cream, they create a decadent concoction perfect for any occasion, in this banana and chocolate frozen cocktail.
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When my husband makes drinks for us, they usually include chocolate liqueur, banana liqueur, or something creamy. In this case, we collaborated to bring the trifecta together along with dark rum and banana for a fun, frozen cocktail.
Personally, my favorite part is the striping of chocolate syrup down the side of the glass, and the sprinkle of cocoa powder on top. Not only do both of these add more chocolate flavor, but they also elevate the whole drink to feel extra fancy.
What You Need to Get Started
You can easily find all of the ingredients for these chocolate and banana frozen cocktails at your local stores:
- From the Bar: Chocolate liqueur, Banana liqueur, Dark rum
- Produce: Banana
- Pantry: Coconut cream, Chocolate syrup, Cocoa powder
- Equipment: Blender, Milkshake/sundae glasses
How to Make a Chocolate Banana Frozen Cocktail
Like most frozen cocktails, this one comes together pretty quickly and easily. Of course, the better blender you have, the quicker that is. Personally, any time I am working with ice, I like to use a blender that has a smoothie or frozen drink option. If that’s not available, then it’s nice to be able to reverse the direction of the blades.
This drink is made with only five ingredients if you don’t count the garnishes. Those are optional, but I’ll admit that it’s a lot more fun to drink any cocktail when it has some chocolate streaks and a sprinkle of cocoa on top.
To get started, gather all your liquor from the bar. This drink uses dark rum, banana liqueur or creme de banana, and dark chocolate liqueur. For the chocolate, you want to be sure to use dark chocolate, which doesn’t contain any cream or dairy, instead of milk chocolate or creme de cacao. Look for that word dark.
For the rum, I suggest using your favorite dark or spiced rum. The flavor doesn’t come through too much, mostly just providing a sweet and boozy backdrop for the stronger flavors to build on. Your favorite banana liqueur will do as well, although you may see it called creme de banana.
Combine all three of these into your blender with plenty of ice. The ice takes up most of the blender, and then the liquid kind of just fills in the gaps. These are then joined by the coconut cream and banana, which add a creamy texture and smoothness to the drink.
For the banana, you want one that is fairly ripe. I like it to be just slightly past when I would normally eat it as a snack, so it’s a little bit softer. The best are completely yellow with no green, and are starting to become covered in small brown dots. If your banana is too brown, use it to make banana bread instead!
Coconut cream is not the same as coconut milk, but it is the solid, opaque part that you can sometimes find at the top of a full fat coconut milk can. If possible, try to find a can of just coconut cream, as that will be easier than separating it from the milk.
Once everything has been added to blender, simply blend until smooth. Use that frozen drink setting if you have it. If not, pay attention to the ice. If it looks like it’s getting stuck around the blades instead of blending, reverse the blades for a moment and then continue. Otherwise, try using a spatula to dislodge any large pieces — with the blender off, of course.
After mixing, you can always taste and adjust your frozen cocktail to your own preferences. You can also alter the texture by adding more ice. If you find that it’s too thick, a splash of coconut milk or water will help thin it out.
To prepare your glasses, use a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup to trace the rim. At a few points around the glass, let the chocolate syrup linger, so that it drips down the sides. If you let the glasses sit for a minute, these streaks will drip farther down the glass.
Once ready, carefully pour the frozen cocktail into the prepared glasses. I suggest using a spoon to help guide you, especially if you like yours a little bit thicker. Sometimes, it all wants to come out of the blender at the same time.
Fill each of the glasses almost to the top, but leave a little bit of wiggle room for when it starts to melt. Then sprinkle each with a little bit of cocoa powder and add a straw. If you’d like, you can experiment with other garnishes as well, like chocolate sprinkles, shaved dark chocolate, coconut, or skewered banana slices.
Since this drink is frozen, I recommend making them to serve and not storing. They will lose the drinkable slushie-like texture if frozen, or they will melt in the fridge. It’s best to drink this right away, but not too fast. You might get brain freeze!
This frozen cocktail is like drinking a boozy chocolate-covered banana! It features dark rum, banana liqueur, and dark chocolate liqueur.
How to Serve Chocolate & Banana Frozen Cocktails
The flavors in this boozy smoothie are pretty cozy, with rich chocolate, sweet banana, and a creamy coconut base. But icy drinks are so reminiscent of tropical islands and hot summer days. That makes this frozen cocktail the perfect choice for the transitional weather of spring.
You can enjoy one of these on its own, or serve it with some bite-sized snacks for happy hour or dessert. Try it alongside some easy almond and coconut filled cream puffs, or rocky road black bean brownies. You can even play up the rum flavor with some no-bake molasses cheesecake.
Use Up Leftover Ingredients
- I love using banana in all kinds of treats, like banana boat ice cream sundaes, a chai latte green smoothie, or a quick vegan oatmeal.
- Banana and rum join forces once again in banana bread french toast sticks or super moist banana rum yogurt muffins.
- Let your dark rum get even sweeter and cozier in pecan pie hot buttered rum.
- Or allow chocolate syrup and liqueur to be the stars in a chocolate old fashion.
Don’t forget to check out the Flavors page for more recipes including all of your favorite ingredients and flavors.
Chocolate & Banana Frozen Cocktail
- 5 Cups Crushed Ice
- 3 oz Dark Chocolate Liqueur
- 2 oz Dark Rum
- 1 oz Banana Liqueur
- 1 Banana
- 5.4 oz Coconut Cream one small can
- 1-2 tsp Chocolate syrup for garnish
- ¼ tsp Cocoa Powder for garnish
- Add the ice, rum, liqueurs, and coconut cream into a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. If your blender has a smoothie or frozen drink setting, use that for the best results.
- Drizzle chocolate syrup around the rim of four milkshake glasses, allowing some to drip down the sides.
- Pour the cocktail from the blender into the prepared glasses. Sprinkle each with cocoa powder, and serve immediately with a straw.