Bananas Foster Rum Cocktail (Mardi Gras)
I was recently sent a sample of South Sea Rum, from the Western Australia Distilling Company, to create a cocktail recipe. With Mardi Gras this week, I decided to take the classic New Orleans dessert recipe, Bananas Foster, and turn it into a delicious cocktail. Oh my! This little cocktail is so addictive!
South Sea Rum is a blond ‘agricole style’ rum, crafted with free-run juice from the first pressing of hand-selected sugar cane, from indigenous and sustainable Queensland crops, using environmentally friendly practices. It is then blended with Australia’s pristine, tropical rainwater, and finished in old and new American oak, for no less than two years. The result is a rum with subtle smoky and vanilla notes, sweet and creamy on the nose, with a long, dry, yet oh so smooth finish. This rum was perfect for my Bananas Foster cocktail, as it complimented the brown sugar simple syrup nicely.
(This cocktail is enough for two)
- 1 c. Dark Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 c. Water
- 1 Banana (Very Ripe)
- 3 jiggers Creme de Banana Liqueur
- 3 jiggers South Sea Rum
- 4 jiggers Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
- 1/2 jigger of Heavy Cream per glass
Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and water together in a small saucepan, and heat on medium high heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes, then place in the refrigerator to chill for about 3-4 hours. Slice the banana into thin chunks and place in a large pitcher. Add the creme de banana, andblend the banana mixture until smooth and creamy, using an immersion blender*. Add the South Sea Rum and brown sugar simple syup and blend a little more. Pour into a martini glass and float the 1/2 jigger of heavy cream on the top.
*If you do not have an immersion blender, use a traditional blender.
South Sea Rum is currently available in New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C. For more information, visit the Sea Sea Rum website. For distribution information, visit the West Australian Distrilling Company website. (You must be 21 and over to access these websites.) You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
(Disclosure: I received a sample of South Sea Rum to create a recipe with, but received no monetary compensation. My opinions and this recipe are 100% my own.)