Banana Split

So if you read the title of this cocktail, you might be shocked to learn that I don’t like fresh bananas.  However, I can do a lot of banana things.  For instance, I like banana chips, fried bananas, frozen bananas, etc., but the texture of fresh bananas combined with the flavor is just too much for me.

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Another thing I don’t like is mayonnaise although it’s starting to grow on me so long as it’s combined with other flavors like chipotle, and this has been a long time coming. In some respects, I suppose it’s for the best that I don’t like it considering the fat content, but in other respects, it makes me a bit of a social pariah since so many people do like it and put it in/on many things that make them instantly inedible for me.

Nobody likes a picky eater.

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In my defense, I do like and enjoy many things that are slightly unusual such as sauerkraut and all manner of vegetable from fresh onions to kohlrabi to mustard greens. For the foodies, that’s common dining fair, but I have found that those foods can be divisive. I guess everyone has their thing.

When I was little, I ate LOADS of fresh bananas, and I’ve not really met a child who didn’t like them. While I don’t know what turned a fondness into disdain, I suspect it was a bad experience, and if I were to take a guess, it likely involved puking which sets off all kinds of ancient neurological triggers for the sake of human survival. If you violently puke, human programming might kick in to say, “Hey, dude! That food was likely toxic, poisonous, and dangerous. AVOID!!!!”

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For instance, I know a lot of people who’ve gotten ridiculously trashed on one liquor or another, had a major puke fest, and woke up with a permanent reaction to the smell or taste of that liquor. This is true for me and spiced rum after a long night of drinking with Germans, and afterwards, even the thought of spiced rum made me want to yak. Thankfully, that physical memory is nearly deceased, and I can once more enjoy it.

Anyway, back on topic…

Here’s a cocktail I made inspired by banana splits, and it involves one form of banana that I can enjoy although I really do think banana splits should involve fried bananas at all times. How delicious would that be?? I’m sure it’s been done – I’ve just not encountered it.

Recipe:

In a 16 oz glass filled with ice, pour 1 oz 99 Bananas, 1 oz strawberry liqueur, 1 oz creme de cacao, 1 oz Tuaca, and ½ oz Frangelico.

Top with pineapple juice.

Garnish with maraschino cherries and serve with a straw.


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