Cheers to Summer! {Banana Daiquiris}

Even though Hope's & Nick's graduations have come and gone, I still feel like celebrating.  I mean, it is summer vacation, after all!  That in itself is a huge reason to celebrate.

No more waking up before the sun comes out.  No more kiddies to send off to school.  No more rushing to pick them up on time.  No more graduation planning committee meetings to attend.  And no more stress or worries about it all to keep me up at night.

And best of all, my life will finally return to some kind of normalcy.  (I hope!)  I couldn't be happier!

So, to celebrate I am jumping right back in with my friends at I Heart Cooking Clubs.  This week's theme is "Salud!" (Cheers!)   I chose to make Rick's Banana Daiquiris.  They're sweet, cool and creamy.  And the bright color is so bright and cheery.   Banana Daiquiris are wonderful way to toast to family, friends and just about anything else on a sunny, summer afternoon.


Banana Daiquiris
(Recipe slightly adapted from Rick Bayless)

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • 1/4 cup white rum
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • A splash of vanilla extract (optional) 
  • Orange slices, for garnish
Puree the ice cubes, banana, orange juice, rum, sugar, and vanilla in a blender until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses.  Garnish with orange slices.  Enjoy!!!

* For a sweet & fruity Strawberry Daiquiri substitute 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries in place of the banana; omit the vanilla extract.  


IHCC theme: Salud!


  1. This sounds so delicious and yes very creamy have to add this to my recipe stash.

  2. This sounds really good. I have to try this one.

  3. These sound wonderful and look as if they could lower my body temperature in this heat we are experiencing!!

  4. I have not had a banana daiquiri in forever but you are making me crave one right now. It looks so frosty cold and delicious. Great pick! ;-)

  5. I have not tried a banana daiquiri before and this looks good! Got to give this a try one of these days!

  6. Oh, salud, indeed! I could use a few of those right about now. I haven't made or even drinken (drank, drunk??) a banana daquiri in a good 2 years! Too long...

  7. I haven't had a banana daiquiri in years and years. I had forgotten about them altogether. Nice to be reminded with such a great recipe.

  8. Lovely! What a delicious looking daiquiri. Shoot me an email if I may repost this to Cocktail Puppy. Thanks!

  9. Cheers! Having all the family at home every day enjoying each other company is always an excuse to celebrate.