jenn 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.
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.