What do you do when your boss tells you to go home and make a cocktail? You go home and make a cocktail, that’s what you do. After all, the Lido Deck Test Kitchen would be remiss to not feature a tasty libation at least every once in a while. I mean, cruises are just as well known for the abundance of frosty tropical drinks served onboard as they are for the variety of tasty cuisine that’s offered, so we have to cover libations in this space as well, right?
Ready to take on my liquor-themed assignment, I scoured the Cruise Critic forums in search of a popular frozen cocktail recipe that wasn’t too complex. Admittedly, my slushy-drink-making experience has been limited to pina coladas, daiquiris and non-alcoholic smoothies, so I thought it best to keep it simple.
A few frou-frou drinks — as Cruise Critic members are apt to call them — kept popping up. Kiss on the Lips, Coco Loco and Miami Vice were among the top picks, but none of these seemed quite right for my first go-round. Kiss on the Lips and Coco Loco involved way too many ingredients, and the Miami Vice (pina colada and strawberry daiquiri layered in the same glass) didn’t seem interesting enough. Finally, I came across the Bailey’s Banana Colada — affectionately known as a BBC. Not only does the BBC sound delicious, but it it’s super-popular for sipping poolside, especially onboard a Royal Caribbean ship.
Although there were a number of recipes floating around, several members posted the real thing from the line’s “Ocean Potions” cocktail recipe book. RCI’s version had the fewest — and the freshest — ingredients of the recipes I’d come across, so I decided to go for it.
About those ingredients: All you need are Bailey’s Irish Cream, creme of coconut, pineapple juice and fresh bananas.
In no particular order, I measured out the ingredients, tossed them in the blender with plenty of ice and zapped everything until it was all incorporated and smooth. Being the novice frou-frou drinkmaker that I am, I didn’t have any of those curvy hurricane glasses, so I poured the cool treat into a couple margarita glasses, sat back and let the Bailey’s do its work.
One note: Although tasty (like the happy hour incarnation of a pineapple-banana smoothie), this version of the BBC didn’t have much kick — two in, and I didn’t feel a thing. If you like your cocktails a little more potent (admit it . . . you do), I‘d suggest doubling the Bailey’s or adding a shot of dark rum.
Check out the recipe for the Bailey’s Banana Colada from Royal Caribbean.
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