Cardamom & Banana
The Cardamom & Banana, from Nashville mixologist Anthony Auger, is a creative twist on the Vieux Carre template. Although it’s quite spirit-forward, it’s sweet and smooth and spicy, almost like the concentrated essence of good banana bread.
Since banana is such an important part of the flavor profile, a good banana liqueur is a must. Auger uses Giffard’s Banane de Bresil, which is our evergreen favorite (with Tempus Fugit’s Crème de Banane a close second). Your banana liqueur should ideally be golden-brown, not clear, and should have a real, natural banana flavor.
- ¾ part Rye whiskey or Bourbon
- ¾ part Cognac or Brandy
- ¼ part Banana liqueur
- ¼ part Cardamom syrup
- 2 dashes Aromatic bitters
- 4 drops Cardamom bitters
Mix all ingredients with ice until well-chilled. Strain into an ice-filled short glass. Twist a lemon peel over the drink, rub it around the edge of the glass, and drop in as garnish.
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- Cardamom + Banana Vieux Carre at Imbibe magazine