Banana Cilantro Martini
With warmer temperatures, our pools and patios are dusted off and opened, the lawns and gardens are green and lush and Long Island’s very own farm-stands are teaming with an abundance of fruits and vegetables for the picking.
This summer, I brought back the crowd favored Cucumber Martini in it’s simple glory but decided to add a few new touches to some familiar favorites to spruce up the recipes and make them a little more herbaceous. Herbs were definitely an inspiration when creating the Summer 2014 drink list. Cilantro, Lavender, Basil & Oregano all give our specialty cocktails a fresh, clean flavor, adding to not only the aroma and taste of each sip but the complexity of the recipes.
My favorite this season is the Banana Cilantro Martini. I wanted to take the idea of the Piña Colada with its cool creaminess and give it a unique and daring twist with a completely different flavor profile. A little doubt but zero hesitation brought us the perfect combination of Captain Morgan’s Rum with Fresh Banana Puree & Cilantro and this delicious Summer beverage was born!
Come down on a sunny afternoon and sit on our patio; watch the boats sail by and let one of our mixologists pour you a refreshing Banana-Cilantro Martini! But if your own deck is calling your name, here’s the recipe to create for yourself: Enjoy!-Deborah
1 oz. Captain Morgans
½ oz. Banana Liqueur
½ oz. Simple Syrup
¼ oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz. Banana Puree
Muddled Cilantro & Lemon Wedges
Shake and Strain into Martini Glass
Cilantro Sprig Float