Crucian Banana Squash
We typically steer clear of cocktails that require a lot of advanced prep work – we assume that when you pick up the Cocktail Party app, you want to mix something now! So the Crucian Banana Squash is a notable exception; with a wait time of 4 hours, it has the longest prep time of any drink we currently list. But it’s absolutely, totally, completely worth the wait – this is the grandaddy of all blended banana cocktails, and the rum-soaking step is the best way we’ve found to get the most out of the banana-rum flavor combo.
We found this delicious recipe in the pages of Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Carribean, a book that’s half cocktail recipes, half mixo-anthropological history. The recipe’s roots can be traced back to at least the 17th century, when English explorer William Dampier described a similar recipe for a drink enjoyed by the Miskito people of Nicaragua.
The bananas you use for this should be very ripe – not black, but with plenty of brown spots. Note the size of your blender when you make this recipe; if your blender is very large, you might want to double up the recipe to ensure it mixes well.
Peel the banana, slice it thinly, and place the slices in a shallow bowl. Cover with the rum, place the bowl in the fridge, and wait about 4 hours.
Once the four hours is up, dump the contents of the bowl into a blender, along with the lime juice and a cupful of crushed ice per serving. Blend until very smooth, and pour unstrained into a short glass. Best served with a straw.
- Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Carribean by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry