Banana Colada – A Tropical Rum Banana Cocktail for Parties

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If you are hosting a Hawaiian themed party this Summer, then you know cocktails will be an absolute must! This Tropical Rum Banana Cocktail made with a variety of fruit liqueurs, juice, and cream is divine! Make Banana Colada your signature cocktail and bring the taste of the tropics to your event!

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Tropical Rum Banana Cocktail

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.

One of my all-time favorite cocktails is Piña Colada. I love the creamy coconut, pineapple, and rum flavor and drinking it reminds me of vacations in the sunshine!

This tropical rum banana cocktail that I’ve dubbed Banana Colada is a twist on the original Piña Colada. It’s a little less creamy as it uses half-and-half (or single cream) instead of coconut cream, but is still delicious!





This tropical cocktail is quick and easy to make and packed with flavor. You will be able to enjoy the taste of the tropics without leaving the comfort of your home!

Ingredients Used In This Cocktail

For your convenience, any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon below. Full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Coconut Rum – such as Malibu
  • Creme de Banane – a banana liqueur
  • Melon Liqueur – such as Midori
  • Half-and-Half – also known as Single Cream
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Maraschino Cherriesfor garnish

Don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar, water bottle, or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.

         
 

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Banana Colada Cocktail with Coconut Rum

Banana Colada Variations

I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin Banana Colada Mocktail (non-alcoholic)

So that non-drinkers can enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this tropical rum banana cocktail we can make some changes – the main one is of course leaving out the alcohol.

But we want to replace those flavors and that is where syrups come in!

For the coconut rum, you could experiment with spiced brown sugar syrup which can help mimic a rum flavor, and coconut syrup too.

Replace the banana and melon liqueurs with their syrup equivalents – banana syrup and melon syrup.

I love the Monin brand of syrups as there are lots of flavors and they are a very versatile ingredient that can be used in cocktails, mocktails, coffee, cocoa, shakes, smoothies, and more.

To make a Banana Colada Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but replace the alcoholic elements with the syrups suggested above.

I haven’t made the mocktail version, so I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.

You may also find juice blends such as banana and coconut, or pineapple and coconut, or another combo and garnishing as you would a regular cocktail

Frozen Banana Colada

Want to turn this cocktail into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze! You could do the same with the mocktail version too.

Banana Colada Party Punch

Want to make this tropical flavored drink for a crowd? It’s so easy! Here’s how to do it!

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.,) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.

Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl! Whichever container best suits your event (and the drink!).

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice to keep the cocktail chilled and add maraschino cherries in there too.

You could also skewer the cherries onto cocktail picks and leave a plateful near the glasses so that guests can garnish their glasses. Speaking of which, place cocktail glasses in the serving area along with an ice bucket filled with ice.

To make a batch of Banana Colada Party Punch, mix together:

  • 1½ parts Coconut Rum
  • 1 part Melon Liqueur
  • 1 part Creme de Banane
  • 1 part Half-and-Half
  • 3 parts Pineapple Juice




This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

How Do I Make a Banana Colada?

Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).

Banana Colada Cocktail

Tropical Rum Banana Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Banana Colada is a delicious tropical rum banana cocktail perfect for the summer!

Ingredients

  • 1½ oz Coconut Rum (such as Malibu)
  • 1 oz Melon Liqueur (such as Midori)
  • 1 oz Creme de Banane
  • 1 oz Half-and-Half (Single Cream)
  • 3 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Ice Cubes
  • Maraschino Cherries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour the coconut rum, melon liqueur, and creme de banane into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well to combine.
  3. Pour into glass.
  4. Add cream and pineapple juice and stir to combine.
  5. Add more ice if required.
  6. Garnish with maraschino cherries. Enjoy!
  7. Banana Colada Cocktail

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g

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