Close, But No “BBC”

I recently received an e-mail with some fabulous drink  photos from blog reader Crystal B.,  along with some information about one particular drink that I thought would be good to share.

What you see in the photo above is a Bailey’s, Banana, and Colada, or “BBC” for short.  Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?  (Especially in a tiki glass!)  But here’s something you should know:

If you order it on the DCL or at Castaway Key, they make it for you with fresh bananas.   That certainly sounds delicious!

If you order it at the Tambu Lounge, they make it with banana liqueur.  O.k.,  so not fresh bananas, but I’m in the “more liquor, the better” camp, so I probably wouldn’t have a problem with that.

If you order it at the Dawa Bar, they make it with banana powder.   Wait.  Banana what?

When I hear “banana powder” I think of those little plastic fruit shapes filled with fruit-flavored candy powder.  (If you don’t know what I am talking about, look here.)    I am sure that’s not what they are using to make the drink…well, I hope not anyway… but obviously something made with a powdered version of an ingredient usually doesn’t taste as good as something made with the real thing.    Would you rather have a powdered egg omelet or real egg omelet?  Would you rather have powdered milk or real milk?  Powdered chocolate or chocolate syrup to make your chocolate milk?  You get the idea.

So my advice when ordering a drink like this, where the use of fresh ingredients is what makes it so yummy in the first place,  is to ask your bartender what they’ll be making it with before you order.   Otherwise, your drink may be close, but no BBC.


2 thoughts on “Close, But No “BBC”

  1. Depends on which bartender you get at Tambu Lounge. If you are lucky and Clinta is making your drink, he will use banana puree along with the liquer, which is almost as good as real bananas. He also makes it in a tall glass with some chocolate syrup as decoration instead of the tiki mug.

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