Banshee 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 7, 2024


The Banshee cocktail is a creamy, fruity drink that gained popularity in the 1970s. It is believed to have been named after the Irish mythological creature, the Banshee, who was known for her wailing cry. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy sweet, creamy drinks with a hint of fruitiness.

  • Originated in the 1970s
  • Named after the Irish mythological creature, the Banshee
  • Popular among those who enjoy sweet, creamy drinks

How Banshee Tastes?

The Banshee cocktail is sweet, creamy, and fruity with a hint of banana and chocolate flavors. It has a smooth, velvety texture and a light, refreshing finish.

Interesting facts about Banshee

  • The Banshee is sometimes referred to as a 'dessert cocktail' due to its sweet, creamy taste
  • The cocktail is often served in a martini or coupe glass, giving it an elegant appearance
  • The Banshee can be easily customized by adding different fruit flavors or adjusting the alcohol content


Crème de Banane

This sweet banana-flavored liqueur gives the Banshee its signature tropical twist. Without it, you're basically at a plain vanilla party rather than a Caribbean beach. 1 oz strikes a balance between flavor and sweetness—any less and you might miss the banana boat, any more and you'll feel like you're in a banana plantation.

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White Crème de Cacao

This clear chocolate-flavored liqueur adds a layer of richness and sweetness, marrying well with the banana flavor. Skimping on it would be like going on a date and leaving your charm at home. You want that full 1 oz for just the right whisper of cocoa.

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Heavy Cream

This is your cocktail's velvet robe, draping the drink in smoothness and contributing to the luxurious mouthfeel. If omitted, the drink could feel underdressed. Stick with the 1 oz suggested—creamy but not a cream bomb.

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The unsung hero of cocktails! It chills, it dilutes, it refreshes. Don't skimp here; you want a full cup for a perfectly chilled beverage that doesn't feel like a lukewarm handshake.

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Grated Nutmeg

Just a pinch gives a warm, spicy aroma that complements the sweet and creaminess of the cocktail, like a cozy blanket on a cool night. Forget it and you lose a touch of exotic sophistication.

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Recipe. How to make Banshee Drink

  1. Combine ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, combine the Crème de Banane, White Crème de Cacao, heavy cream, and ice
  2. Shake: Shake the mixture vigorously for 15-20 seconds until well chilled and frothy
  3. Strain: Strain the mixture into a chilled martini or coupe glass
  4. Garnish: Lightly sprinkle grated nutmeg over the top of the cocktail for added flavor and visual appeal

Pro Tips

  • Shake well: The key to a creamy and frothy Banshee is to shake the ingredients vigorously.
  • Chill your glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler for longer and enhance the flavors.
  • Fresh nutmeg: Use freshly grated nutmeg for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Dessert Pairings

  • Chocolate Delights: Think along the lines of a flourless chocolate cake or rich chocolate truffles. The creamy cocoa notes in the cocktail will complement the chocolate's intensity.
  • Tropical Fruits: Fresh slices of banana, mango, or a tropical fruit salad can enhance the banana flavor in the cocktail.
  • Light Pastries: Croissants or puff pastries are light enough not to overpower the delicate flavors of the drink.

Beverage Pairings

  • Coffee: A strong espresso can provide a nice contrast to the sweet and creamy characteristics of the Banshee.
  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips, a nice glass of sparkling water does the trick.

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What you could change in Banshee

  • Crème de Banane: You can substitute with banana liqueur or banana syrup.
  • White Crème de Cacao: You can substitute with dark crème de cacao or chocolate liqueur.
  • Heavy Cream: You can substitute with half-and-half or milk for a lighter version.

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Mocha Banshee

  • Ingredients Alteration: Replace White Crème de Cacao with Crème de Cacao (dark) and add a 0.5 oz of espresso.
  • Taste: The mocha flavor will be more pronounced, making it a brunch-worthy twist.

Nutty Banshee

  • Ingredients Alteration: Add 0.5 oz of Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) to the mix.
  • Taste: Introduces an earthy nuttiness that complements the banana flavor for those looking for depth beyond the sweetness.

Berry Banshee

  • Ingredients Alteration: Muddle a few fresh raspberries before adding the other ingredients.
  • Taste: This will lend a tart berry note that cuts through the creaminess and is perfect for those who like a touch of fruitiness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Banshee

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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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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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 Banshee

Is the Banshee cocktail a traditional Irish cocktail?

No, the Banshee cocktail is not a traditional Irish cocktail. While the name 'Banshee' comes from Irish mythology, the cocktail originated in the 1970s and is a blend of creme de banane, white creme de cacao, and heavy cream.

Is the Banshee cocktail suitable for those allergic to bananas or chocolate?

No, the Banshee cocktail contains creme de banane and white creme de cacao, which gives it its banana and chocolate flavor respectively. Individuals with allergies to either of these ingredients should avoid this cocktail.

Is the Banshee a strong cocktail?

The alcoholic content of the Banshee is relatively mild due to the blending with heavy cream and other non-alcoholic ingredients. But as with any alcoholic beverage, the effect can vary based on individual tolerance.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Banshee?

Yes, you could substitute the alcoholic ingredients for banana and chocolate syrup or flavoring, though the taste will not be the same as the original recipe.

Can the Banshee cocktail be served as a hot drink?

Generally, the Banshee is served cold, but there's nothing to stop you experimenting and trying it as a heated drink, like a hot chocolate or latte.

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