Banana Street Blues [Cocktail Recipe]

Created by Alex Witt, bartender at 2 Birds, 1 Stone, in Washington, D.C., this frozen whiskey cocktail recipe makes 3 servings. “Coffee enhances the banana flavor profile and adds richness. Combined with Irish whiskey, this gives the cocktail a depth you traditionally wouldn’t associate with a blender drink,” Witt says. Don’t mistake depth for being heavy—this is refreshing for any hot summer day.


  • ½ banana
  • 1½ oz. lemon juice
  • 1½ oz. coconut milk
  • 1½ oz. drip coffee (preferably dark roast, brewed strong)
  • 2 oz. water
  • 3 oz. sugar
  • 3 oz. Teeling Small Batch or other Irish whiskey
  • ¾ oz. Ramazzotti or other amaro
  • Garnish: Banana slices; coffee beans


In a blender, blend all the ingredients except whisky and amaro. Add the alcohol and 3 cups ice and blend again. Pour into glasses and garnish with banana slices and coffee beans.

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