Banana syrup for cocktails

Banana Syrup for Cocktails - How to make this delicious simple syrup

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 19, 2022 
Everyone likes banana. Or do you know anybody who doesn't? And a delicious, homemade banana syrup is a winner in tropical cocktails and mocktails alike.

Syrups are used as a sweetener in many cocktail recipes. That makes them an essential ingredient you should have at home. Often you will resort to standard sugar syrup, but you can also add some extra flavor. This Banana syrup is a great way to not only add sweetness to your cocktail but also bring in more complex notes. However, getting the pure banana flavor isn't an easy thing to achieve. The basic techniques to create a fruity syrup, for instance, an infusion of simple syrup or boiling a syrup, won't lead to a decent result.

Also, I don't recommend using a store-bought banana syrup from one of the supermarket chains. The flavors in those bottled syrups are far from the natural banana taste, they taste more like the packed banana candy, plus they're also quite expensive. So I prefer to make my own banana simple syrup that I can use in various cocktail recipes.

How to make the best Banana simple syrup

A regular simple syrup is made of one part sugar and one part water. Both ingredients are added to a saucepan, boiled, and then cool down. When making banana simple syrup, things are a bit different. As the banana itself contains water as well as sugar, we need a different approach.

I use a special technique to extract as much banana flavor as possible. And the recipe also doesn't ask for equal parts of sugar and water. But first, I want to explain how we can extract the beautiful ripe banana flavor.

To achieve this, you need to cover your bananas in sugar. That will extract the flavor and moisture of the fruits. Then, combine the mixture with water and put it on the stove. The heat of the oven will help to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is fully dissolved, take the saucepan off the stove and let it sit overnight.

In the last step, we want to make sure to infuse as much banana flavor into our syrup as possible. This technique using macerated bananas will create an intense banana taste. It is just perfect for use in flavorful cocktail recipes.

When preparing food, maceration means to break something into pieces with the help of liquid. The common process would be to soak dehydrated or preserved fruit (or vegetable) to soften it and release as much flavor as possible. For fresh fruit, the process is a bit different. Here we use sugar together with a pinch of salt sprinkled on the fruit and let it sit. This allows releasing the juices and making the result more flavorful.

Best cocktails with banana syrup

The sweet and tropical taste of ripe bananas works exceptionally well with Tiki cocktails. That's why most recipes that use banana simple syrup are rum-based drinks. A beautifully spiced rum, lime juice, and this delicious banana syrup are enough to create an extraordinary and wonderful cocktail.

Create texture within your Banana syrup

By using thicker and richer types of syrup, it will not only sweeten your cocktail but also alter the texture. It creates a richer mouthfeel that makes your drink even more pleasant. A great example of such a syrup is Demerara syrup. But we can also achieve this effect with our Banana syrup.

The trick in this recipe is to use cane sugar instead of regular white sugar because it is less refined. And it also carries these notes of caramel that work great with the strong banana taste.


Banana syrup for cocktails

Banana simple syrup

A rich and flavorful Banana syrup, perfectly for using it in cocktails.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 12 hours
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: syrup
Calories: 75kcal
Cost: $1


  • 75 g Ripe banana
  • 75 g Cane Sugar
  • 50 g Water
  • 1 pinch Salt


  • Put half the sugar in a saucepan.
  • Cut your banana into small pieces and put it on top of the sugar.
  • Add the other half of the sugar and stir until the banana is covered fully in sugar. Let this mixture sit for at least 3 hours.
  • Add the water to the mix and gently heat it without boiling, keep it on medium heat for around 5 minutes, and then let it cool down.
  • Once it's cooled down, cover it and let it sit in the fridge until the morning after.
  • Strain it into a bottle, and it's ready to be used.


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 75kcal
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