Once a month I get together with a group of 4 other friends. We all own businesses, and are all cocktail nerds.
So each month someone hosts, and they’re in charge of preparing 3 cocktails and then we order dinner from Caviar.
Recently, it was my turn to host.
And while I expected the delicious and complex Bankers Punch from the Dead Rabbit to be the star of the show (recipe for that in this book), it was actually this incredibly simple 3 ingredient mezcal cocktail that is what really blew everyone away.
If you know me, you know that I really like smoky things. Islay Scotch, mezcal, actually smoking drinks – whatever.
A bit ironic since I don’t smoke, but in cocktails – bring it on.
My Go-to Drink When Reviewing Bars
I’m often asked with all of the travels if I have a go-to drink.
I tell people that as much as possible I usually order off the menu, because that’s where you’re usually going to find the really special stuff that bartenders spend months perfecting.
But that go-to drink used to be an old-fashioned.
But then I had a realization.
I realized that when you’re going to the caliber of bars that are considered for a top 100 list, that nearly all of them will make a killer old fashioned.
So I evolved it.
Now I ask for a “smoky old fashioned”. This opens up a new realm of cocktails that I find to be particularly delicious. It’s how I first came across the Oaxacan Old Fashioned, as well as the Penicillin cocktail (despite not being very, old fashioned-y).
So the drink we’re talking about today? It’s the drink I would make you if you asked me for a “smoky old fashioned” style drink.
Why I Love Giffard Banane du Brasil
Another fun fact about me is I’m going nuts for Giffard Banane du Brasil right now.
It’s the first time I’ve ever had a banana liqueur that actually tasted like, well, banana!
Usually, it’s something artificial and sickly sweet reminiscent of those banana runts candy you had as a kid.
But Giffard nailed this one, and it’s one of my secret weapon ingredients. Aka, an ingredient you can put in almost any kind of cocktail in order to make it taste better.
And in the case of today’s drink, the Smoking Banana, that sweetness does wonders to balance out the smokiness from the mezcal.
Related: Want a mezcal drink that’s a little more familiar? Try this mezcal margarita recipe.
A Simple Mezcal Cocktail (For those that Love Smoke)
So you’ve got Banana, Mezcal – what’s the third ingredient?
My favorite funky Jamaican rum, Smith and Cross.
Put these three things together and magic happens.
I find that as long as you stir over
In the end, you get a funky cocktail that tastes kind of like a smoky mezcal old-fashioned. Garnish with a banana chip if you have one, otherwise, an orange peel works great.
And if you’re looking for something a little more straightforward? Here’s my best old fashioned recipe for people looking for a great classic cocktail.
Looking for another good use of Banane du Brasil? Try the Bananerac cocktail.
Want another smoky mezcal cocktail? Try the Naked and Famous.
The Smoking Banana
- Mixing Glass
- Rocks Glass
- 1 inch ice cube tray
- 1 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
- 1 oz Banane Du Brasil
- 1 oz Smith and Cross Rum
- 1 Orange or Banana Chip (For Garnish)
- Combine all ingredients into mixing glass
- Stir for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute
- Pour over large cube into rocks glass
- Add Garnish
And if You Really Want to Elevate This?
The mezcal obviously adds a nice smoky flavor to this drink. But if you want to truly elevate it for your guests?
Then consider actually smoking it.
I recently picked up a Smoke Boards Cocktail Smoker kit, which I’ve been loving. It works great with this cocktail as well:
You can grab your own kit on Amazon here:
This cocktail smoker kit is super versatile, works great, and comes in at a price that won't break the bank.
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