The Bienvenido Verano Cocktail: A Banana-Pineapple Daiquiri

My favorite variation of the daiquiri embraces flavors of rum, banana, and pineapple. And since the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality, friendship, and warm weather, this cocktail is sure to set off your entertaining in grand style.

Text by John Bodenschatz + Photography by Paul Lowe

The daiquiri is a 19th-century cocktail born in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. While contemporary daiquiris conjure an image of frozen fruity drinks, the original is a sublime combination of rum, lime, and sugar. Happily, the modern cocktail movement is driving a resurgence of interest in classic cocktails, and the daiquiri is returning to its proper roots.

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Note: To make thyme simple syrup, add equal parts water and sugar, and a few sprigs of thyme to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let cool. Strain into a resealable container, and keep in the fridge.


You will need:

1 ounce Pineapple Rum
1 ounce Dark Overproof Rum
1 ounce Banana Liqueur
.75 ounce lime juice
.75 ounce thyme simple syrup
pineapple slice, for garnish
quality maraschino cherries, for garnish

Brands we used:
Plantation Pineapple Rum
Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum
Giffard Banana Liqueur
Luxardo Cherries

  1. Pour ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Double strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Slide the cocktail pick through one side of the pineapple slice, maraschino cherries, and then the other side of the pineapple slice.