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Banana Juice

April 2nd, 2008

I decided to play hooky from work today. As I was sitting around doing finances, Johnny let me know that my bananas were on their way out by proclaiming that he smelled the stench of rotten bananas. Let it be known that Johnny isn’t the biggest fan of fruit. So, he’s a bit more sensitive to the smell of ripe bananas. It was really just his cute way of reminding me of their existence and that something would need to be done soon or there would be a banana puddle. I agreed.

So, off I went in search of something, other then banana bread, to do with bananas that are on their way out. We don’t have an oven in the camper, and I haven’t made a solar one yet. Even when I did have one, I don’t think I ever had the right number of left over bananas anytime I tried to make bread. Anyway, after sorting through 100s of bread recipes, I finally found something unique.

Banana Liqueur

Yield: 1 quart

2 medium Bananas
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
3 c Vodka
1 c Sugar Syrup (Dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 1/2 cup of water and bring to a boil. Cool before using.)

It perked my interest, and I had all of the ingredients. Well, I had Everclear instead of vodka. The Everclear is 151 proof, 190 is illegal in Florida, so I cut it with equal parts water to make it around 80 proof.

So, I mashed up the bananas, boiled up the sugar water, mixed everything together and tried to squeeze it all into the empty bottle of Everclear. It didn’t quite make it. So, I was forced to make a drink with the left overs. It was pretty good. Now, the bottle has to sit for at least ten days. After that, we strain out the banana bits and the drinking can commence. I can’t wait!

Since I made the banana juice, I have found a ton of liqueur recipes. I will probably try out a Kahlua one tomorrow night. There’s a pretty good collection of homemade liqueur recipes here.

Cheers!

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4 Responses to “Banana Juice”

  1. LiveWorkDream says:

    Wow, we wanna party with you two! Everclear?!!!!!

    Cool idea to use the bananas. I’ve found that we carry them less and less because they rot so fast when it’s warm, and instead rely on banana chips.

    But where on earth do you store the booze? We are so limited on space for that kind of stuff that we limit ourselves to one bottle and a mixer at a time. It’s a far cry from our fully stocked bar that we used to have when we had a stick house, but worth the sacrifice!

  2. johnny says:

    Haha! I’m to blame for the Everclear. Jenn complains of hangovers when drinking cheap vodka due to the impurities. So one day, instead of a $35 fifth of Grey Goose, I grabbed a $13 bottle of Everclear and suggested she use half as much in drinks. When the booze has been distilled to 190 proof, and then watered a bit to make it Florida legal, it’s hard to have much in the way of impurities left.

    As for storage, I think we could fit a dozen bottles on the counter behind the sink, but I’m afraid there’s only about 3 there at the moment. I’m still hoping Jenn can dig up a good Everclear to Scotch recipe, but I’m not optimistic!

    johnny

  3. johnny says:

    I know it looks bad. But, the Everclear seems a step up from premium vodkas. We had some moonshine last year, and it was very pure. I sure wish that it was legal.

    I am not sure what happened to me, but somewhere around age 24, I started to get hangovers. It was just out of the blue, I had never had them before. Its not too nice on the pocket book to have to order premium drinks anytime I go out, but the last time I drank Smirnoff, I had a horrible hangover after just two small drinks. When I drink the cheap stuff, I can get a hangover w/o even getting a buzz :/.

    jenn

  4. jenn says:

    Tested it out last night. Mighty tasty. It smelled delectable, but it was a little heavy on liquor.

    I will say that the coffee flavored (Kahlua) liqueur turned out much better. I couldn’t tell the difference between it and the brand name stuff. It was just a very small fraction of the price too!

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