Friday, December 30, 2011

BBC: Wanna be in the sun drink(ing???)

Jerome and I discovered this drink while vacationing in Antigua many years ago.  That was the trip after which we were heavily questioned at customs because my wedding ring is yellow gold and his is white gold.  I guess they thought that was suspicious and an indication that we were smuggling drugs across the border!  When really, we were just smuggling a few extra bottles of rum. 

This drink is a Bailey's banana colada, known as a BBC in Antigua.  I've tried to get it on trips to other islands, but I've so far only been able to find it in Antigua.  It's very rich, so you likely won't be able to drink more than one.  And they're not super healthy, so you won't want to be drinking one of these every day if you're not on vacation.  When we were in Antigua, we had one of these each afternoon and called it our afternoon snack. These are delicious!!! Even my 88 year old grandmother loves them and asks for one (or several) every time we are together!  For a gluten-free version, you can use Panama Jack instead of Bailey's, though I find it slightly better with Bailey's.  

We whipped these up quickly one day over the Christmas holidays with my family.

Logan even got to enjoy his own alcohol-free version, with just coconut cream and banana:

Just up from a nap, sucking back his delicious drink.

2 bananas
1 can of coconut cream

Be sure to use coconut cream in this recipe and not coconut milk.  Coconut cream is a bit harder to find, but is thicker than coconut milk.  You can usually get coconut cream at well-stocked grocery stores.  If not, you'll definitely be able to find it at any Asian market.

I don't have a real recipe for this.  I just put the two bananas and the entire can of coconut cream in the blender with a good handful of ice and a big swig of Bailey's.  Just add the Bailey's to taste and enough ice to make it the consistency of a smoothie or mixed drink.  Then sprinkle a bit of nutmeg on the top, close your eyes and enjoy it while envisaging yourself lying on a beach in your bikini!

Makes 4 large glasses.

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