Banana liqueurs (crème de banane)

Words by Simon Difford

Photography by Dan Malpass

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Banana flavoured liqueurs, which French producers call "crème de banane", are based on neutral alcohol (usually sugar beet) flavoured with an extract made from both a distillation and infusion of bananas, and sweetened with sugar (typically 400 to 450g/l).

Fresh bananas are almost impossible to juice and produce a baby food-like texture when muddled, hence most cocktails using fresh bananas tend to be blended. However, the flavour even overripe bananas impart to a cocktail tends to be disappointing, so even when using fresh banana it's common to also add banana-flavoured sugar syrup or banana liqueur to bolster the rich tropical banana flavour.

Most range-liqueur producers make a banana liqueur, each fitting on a flavour scale somewhere between decadent dessert and drier, more spirituous liqueurs. Some have a clean confected ripe banana flavour whereas others have a freshly roasted and mashed banana flavour, sometimes with gentle spice. Other producers distinguish themselves with green coloured banana liqueurs rather than the more usual canary yellow. It common for banana liqueurs to also be subtly flavoured with vanilla and extracts of herbs and spices.

Alternatively, you can make your own banana liqueur, using fresh bananas, sugar and rum or vodka.

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Giffard Banane du Brésil image

Giffard Banane du Brésil

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 25

Giffard Creme de Banane image

Giffard Creme de Banane

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 25

Lejay Liqueur de Banane image

Lejay Liqueur de Banane

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 25

Tempus Fugit Crème de Banane image

Tempus Fugit Crème de Banane

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 26

Edmond Briottet Crème de Banane image

Edmond Briottet Crème de Banane

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 25

Gabriel Boudier Creme de Bananes image

Gabriel Boudier Creme de Bananes

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 25

Bols Banana Liqueur image

Bols Banana Liqueur

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 17

Bols Green Banana Liqueur image

Bols Green Banana Liqueur

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 17

Jacquin's Nirvana Banana Liqueur image

Jacquin's Nirvana Banana Liqueur

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 50

Monin Crème de Banane Liqueur image

Monin Crème de Banane Liqueur

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 20

Cobana Liqueur image

Cobana Liqueur

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 30

Bols Banana Foam Liqueur image

Bols Banana Foam Liqueur

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 17

De Kuyper Crème de Bananes image

De Kuyper Crème de Bananes

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 15

Pisang Ambon image

Pisang Ambon

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 21

Teichenné Banana Schnapps image

Teichenné Banana Schnapps

Category: Liqueurs / alc. cordials
Sub category: Fruit liqueurs
alc./vol: 20

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