BBC Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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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 BBC cocktail, standing for Bailey's, Banana, and Coconut, is a tropical delight that's been around since the 1970s. It's a creamy, fruity concoction that's perfect for those who love a sweet, dessert-like drink. It's often enjoyed by those who appreciate the flavors of the Caribbean, as it's reminiscent of a tropical island getaway.

  • Originated in the 1970s
  • Popular among those who enjoy sweet, dessert-like cocktails
  • Reminiscent of a tropical island getaway

How BBC Tastes?

The BBC cocktail is a creamy, sweet, and fruity cocktail. It has a strong banana flavor, complemented by the smoothness of Bailey's and the tropical hint of coconut. It's like a dessert in a glass, with a velvety texture and a rich, indulgent taste.

Interesting facts about BBC

  • The BBC cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass, which enhances its tropical appeal.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the BBC cocktail is quite strong, thanks to the Bailey's and the rum.
  • The BBC cocktail is often garnished with a slice of banana or a cherry, adding to its visual appeal.


Bailey's Irish Cream

With 1.5 oz, Bailey's brings a creamy, chocolatey character that's the backbone of the BBC. Why not more? It could overshadow the other flavors. Less, and you'd miss out on its signature richness. If Bailey's isn't on the shelf, try another Irish cream or even almond milk for a lighter touch, though the latter won't be as intoxicating!

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Banana Liqueur

1 oz is just enough to whisper sweet banana notes without muttering them. Skip it, and the tropical flair waves goodbye. An alternative like banana puree could work, but the boozy kick would be on vacation.

Alex Green

Coconut Cream

At 1 oz, coconut cream lends a lush, tropical creaminess, orchestrating a beach vibe in every sip. Omit it, and well, it's like a beach without the ocean. Use coconut milk for a less creamy, lighter concoction.

Mary Mitkina

Light Rum

Also 1 oz, because balance is key; the light rum adds a subtle alcoholic warmth without setting the drink on fire. No rum? No fun. But seriously, white rum could substitute, altering the flavor slightly but keeping the spirit alive.

Emma Rose

Crushed Ice

1 cup keeps the drink frosty and sippable. Too much, and it's Antarctica in a glass - your taste buds go numb. Too little, and you'll be sipping on a lukewarm smile. No crushed ice? Regular ice cubes could work; just know the texture might be less smooth, more like a bumpy road trip than a creamy dream.

Alex Green

Banana Slice

Just 1, for appeal and a playful nod to the banana liqueur within. It's also a snack for later – bonus! Leave it off, and you miss the Instagram-worthy aesthetic.

Mary Mitkina


One cherry sits atop like a crown jewel, giving a pop of color and a hint of tart sweetness that plays off the creamy banana. No cherry? It's not a deal-breaker, but you'd be forsaking the cherry on top of a perfect sip.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make BBC Drink

  1. Fill a blender with the crushed ice.
  2. Add the Bailey's, banana liqueur, coconut cream, and light rum.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into a hurricane glass.
  5. Garnish with a banana slice and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • For a thicker, more dessert-like cocktail, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • For a more tropical flavor, use coconut rum instead of light rum.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, omit the Bailey's and rum, and use banana and coconut milk instead.

Perfect Pairings


Pair the BBC cocktail with desserts that mirror its creamy and sweet profile. Cheesecake or a tropical fruit platter would be ideal companions, balancing out the rich flavors of the drink.


Opt for light appetizers; perhaps a form of Bruschetta or canapés that won't overpower the subtleties of this delightful beverage.


Both milk and dark chocolate work fantastically with the BBC, harmonizing with the Bailey's Irish Cream and providing a nice contrasting texture.

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What you could change in BBC

  • Bailey's Irish Cream can be substituted with any other cream liqueur.
  • Banana Liqueur can be substituted with banana syrup or a ripe banana.
  • Coconut Cream can be substituted with coconut milk.

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BBC Espresso

  • Add 0.5 oz of espresso to the original recipe.
  • This will add a coffee kick that perfectly complements the cream and banana, creating a jolt for the senses. It's like finding a coffee shop on your tropical vacation.

BBC with a Nutty Twist

  • Substitute Banana Liqueur with 0.5 oz Frangelico (Hazelnut Liqueur).
  • This introduces a nutty edge to the familiar favorite, offering an almost dessert-like pleasure. It's like slipping on a cashmere sweater on a cool tropical evening.

Spiced BBC

  • Add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to the original blend.
  • These warm spices will embolden the already creamy dream, making it a holiday treat any time of the year. It's like Christmas at the beach, minus the snow but full of cheer.

In case you forgot basics how to make BBC

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 BBC

Is this cocktail similar to a Pina Colada?

While both the BBC and the Pina Colada are tropical cocktails featuring coconut cream, they are quite distinct. The BBC has Bailey's and banana liqueur, giving it a uniquely creamy and fruity profile.

Could you suggest another fruit that can pair well with this cocktail?

Yes, pineapple can be a great addition to this cocktail. You can add pineapple juice or a fresh chunk while blending, it complements the tropical profile of the BBC cocktail really well.

Any specific recommendations for the light rum to use in this cocktail?

For the best result, use a quality light rum. Some popular choices for this cocktail include Bacardi Silver, Mount Gay Eclipse, or Cruzan Aged Light Rum. The choice will depend on your personal preference.

What is the best time to enjoy this cocktail?

The BBC is a creamy and sweet cocktail, which goes well with desserts or can be enjoyed on its own. Thus, it is especially suitable for after dinner, at parties or during summer days.

Is it possible to make a vegan version of the BBC cocktail?

Yes, to make a vegan BBC cocktail, you could use a dairy-free Irish cream liqueur and swap the cream for a vegan alternative such as coconut milk or almond milk. Make sure to check that your chosen substitutes are vegan-friendly.

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