Some years ago I was very much into recreating pie recipes as adult beverages and, because banana cream pie is one of my favorites, I created a vodka based Banana Cream Pie Martini. I recently saw that National Banana Cream Pie Day was coming up and thought I'd revisit this experiment but with some interesting rums instead.
I used Appleton Estate aged rum and Cruzan's Banana and Vanilla Rums, added some fresh banana, a bit of cream and a dash of salt. I nearly always add salt to even out the sweetness that is inherent in a dessert inspired drink, it's a nice little chef's trick for balancing out too much tartness and it also serves to open up the palate.
Darned thing was so good I had two and skipped dinner.
BANANA CREAM PIE
1 Oz. Banana Rum
1/2 Oz. Vanilla Rum
1 Oz. Aged Dark Rum
1/2 Oz. Half & Half
1/2 Ripe Banana
1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
Garnish: Crushed Vanilla Wafers for Rim, Banana Slice
Blend the ingredients until smooth, pour into a chilled glass, garnish and enjoy.