The Story Behind The Dirty Banana

This boozy frozen cocktail is a fan favorite across the Caribbean islands. A hefty amount of rum goes into the creation of the Dirty Banana — along with coffee liqueur such as Kahlúa, and cream for texture. 

But as its name suggests, this drink’s star flavor is banana — a profile that’s created by the inclusion of both flavored liqueur and the fruit itself. Is it a milkshake, or is it a cocktail? The Dirty Banana may just be the best of both, and you don’t need to be soaking up the tropical sun to sip on this blended beverage. 



  • 2 ounces gold rum
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce banana liqueur
  • 2 ounces half-and-half
  • 1 ripe banana
  • Garnish: unpeeled slice of banana


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender with 1/2 cup ice cubes and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve in a hurricane glass with banana garnish.

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Yield: 1
Calories: 560
Updated: 2022-06-01

The Dirty Banana Recipe