Banana Bliss Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Banana Bliss cocktail is a relatively modern creation, designed to capture the essence of tropical flavors with a sophisticated twist. It's a hit among those who appreciate a balance between the rich warmth of brandy and the exotic sweetness of banana.

  • Origin: The exact origin is not well-documented, but it likely emerged from the craft cocktail movement.
  • Popularity: It has gained a following among patrons who enjoy dessert-like cocktails with a strong base.
  • Occasions: Perfect for a summer evening or as a dessert drink in a more formal setting.

How Banana Bliss Tastes?

Banana Bliss offers a velvety and rich taste profile, with the deep flavors of cognac or brandy complemented by the sweet and fruity notes of banana liqueur. The sherry adds a subtle nuttiness and depth, making the cocktail a harmonious blend of sweet, fruity, and warm flavors.

Interesting facts about Banana Bliss

  • Versatility: The Banana Bliss can be made with either cognac or brandy, depending on your preference for flavor depth.
  • Dessert Pairing: Its sweetness and rich flavor profile make it an excellent companion to desserts, especially those featuring caramel or vanilla.
  • Customizable: The cocktail's sweetness can be adjusted by choosing between sweet or dry sherry, catering to different palates.


1.5 oz Cognac

Cognac, with its rich and nuanced flavors of fruit and spices, acts as the strong and sophisticated backbone of the Banana Bliss. Skimp on it and you might lose the sophisticated depth; overdo it and the cocktail becomes too boozy, overshadowing other flavors.

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1 oz Sweet Sherry

Adding a touch of nuttiness and sweetness, sweet sherry infuses the drink with complexity. Less sherry could make the drink less rounded; more could overpower the balance. A substitute like Port could work, adding a different kind of sweetness and body to the cocktail.

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0.5 oz Banana Liqueur

This is what gives our Banana Bliss its name! Banana liqueur adds a playful tropical twist. Too little and the 'banana' in Banana Bliss is just a whisper; too much and it's a banana bonanza that'll make your head spin. An alternative like coconut liqueur could turn this into a beachside dream.

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Orange Twist for Garnish

A citrus garnish is more than just fancy decor; it adds an aromatic zing when expressed over the drink. Forget it and you miss that fresh citrus nose. No orange? Try a lemon twist; it's another kind of citrus charm!

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Recipe. How to make Banana Bliss Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Pour the cognac, sweet sherry, and banana liqueur over the ice.
  3. Stir the mixture until well chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into an ice-filled short glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Before serving, chill the short glass to keep the cocktail colder for longer.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality cognac or brandy and sherry to ensure the best flavor.
  • Balance the Flavors: Adjust the ratio of ingredients to find the perfect balance between sweetness and strength to your liking.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

Banana Bliss would pair excellently with a cheese platter. Look for creamy and rich cheeses like Brie or Camembert which will complement the sweet notes of the banana and sherry.


Think about pairing this cocktail with desserts that have caramel or vanilla flavors. Crème brûlée or banana foster would be a heavenly match.


A bowl of mixed nuts, especially those that are candied or glazed, could go alongside this cocktail. The nuttiness will work well with the Cognac's complexity.

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What you could change in Banana Bliss

  • Cognac/Brandy: If cognac is too strong or expensive, a good quality brandy can be used as a more accessible alternative.
  • Sweet/Dry Sherry: Depending on your preference for sweetness, a dry sherry can be used to reduce the overall sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Banana Liqueur: If banana liqueur is not available, banana syrup mixed with a touch of rum can be a suitable substitute.

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Banana Bliss Noir

  • Substitute Cognac with Aged Rum
  • Use a dash of chocolate bitters Swap the cognac for an aged rum and you've got a deeper, more tropical Banana Bliss Noir. The chocolate bitters add a layer of richness that'll feel like a velvet hug in a glass.

Spiced Banana Bliss

  • Add a cinnamon stick during stirring
  • A pinch of nutmeg on top Introduce a cinnamon stick while stirring and a pinch of nutmeg garnish to give Banana Bliss a warm, spiced-up attitude. It'll be like a cozy sweater for your taste buds.

Green Banana Bliss

  • Substitute banana liqueur with green banana syrup
  • Add fresh lime juice Take it to a fresher dimension by swapping the banana liqueur with green banana syrup and a splash of fresh lime juice, for a bright Green Banana Bliss that's as lively as a tropical morning.

In case you forgot basics how to make Banana Bliss

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Banana Bliss

Can Banana Bliss be made into a frozen cocktail?

Absolutely! To make a frozen Banana Bliss, blend the ingredients with crushed ice until smooth before serving.

What type of glass is best for serving Banana Bliss?

Typically, Banana Bliss is served in a short glass, such as an Old Fashioned glass, to enhance the sipping experience.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Banana Bliss?

For a mocktail version, replace the cognac and sherry with non-alcoholic spirits and use a banana-flavored syrup instead of banana liqueur.

How should I store my Banana Bliss ingredients to keep them fresh?

Cognac and sherry should be stored in a cool, dark place. Once opened, sherry should be refrigerated and consumed within a few days for the best flavor.

Are there any seasonal variations of Banana Bliss?

During the fall, adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or clove can provide a seasonal twist to Banana Bliss.

Is Banana Bliss suitable for vegans?

Yes, the ingredients used in Banana Bliss are generally vegan-friendly. However, it is always best to check with each product to ensure it meets vegan standards.

What can I use if I don't have an orange twist for garnish?

A lemon twist or a slice of banana can be used as an alternative garnish for Banana Bliss.

How can I enhance the banana flavor in Banana Bliss?

Muddling a slice of fresh banana in the cocktail can provide an extra burst of banana flavor.

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