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Mr Not Delia’s Banana Surprise

[Mr Not Delia got inventive today and decided to make something new in the bar. Here he is to tell you about it…]

There happened to be some bananas lying around, so I thought I’d make a drink. I was also able to snaffle some coconut milk from one of Not Delia’s kitchen cupboards. Plus there was a chilled single drink sized carton of pineapple juice in the drinks fridge. (Everyone should have a drinks fridge. 😀 )

With all that lot, white rum seemed to be the obvious way to go. However, I thought it would be nice to be a little bit more adventurous than that. Hayden Wood’s excellent book The Liquid Kitchen – Groovy Drinks gives a recipe for Daiquiris that includes Cointreau together with the rum, so I reckoned a splash of that wouldn’t hurt – even though I was making a long drink rather than a classic Daiquiri.


  • 1 banana
  • 200 ml pineapple juice
  • 65 ml coconut cream
  • 3 measures white rum
  • 1 measure Cointreau
  • small dash of sugar syrup
  • smaller dash of lime juice
  • crushed ice


Bung everything except the ice in a blender and give it a good whizz. Then pour over the crushed ice.



(The easiest way to crush ice cubes is to use the ice crusher button on your blender. It seems to work best if you don’t try to do too many ice cubes at once. They can be tricky to get out again, but a good ruse is to pour some of the drink you’re making into the blender jug and float out the crushed ice that way, then pour the drink into the glass you’re serving it in.)


…erm, I would have featured a pic of the drink, but unfortunately we scoffed it all before we got round to taking one. 😳

The Liquid Kitchen
Groovy Drinks

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Hayden Wood
Paperback, 214 pages
2005, Murdoch Books
ISBN 1-74045-549-5

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