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Banana Sip Sop

Flashback to a little over three years ago, on the beach in Antigua.  Newlyweds at an all-inclusive resort with summery dresses and shorts, sunscreen…and my manly new husband lounging on the sand with a fruity pink beverage.

Oh yes, Fritz’s drink of choice during those glorious ten days was the banana sip sop–coconut and banana blended with rum and grenadine (and topped with a cherry that I would invariably snatch as soon as he sat down).

I mean, it was pretty gosh darn good.  But it was also fun to tease him amongst all the beer and whiskey drinking men striding arrogantly along the beach trying to impress the ladies with their ability to drink hard liquor, straight up.

But you know what?  That’s why I love my man.  He’s not afraid to profess his love for the palest pink of frozen cocktails.

I thought I’d surprise him by trying to reenact that same drink today–and strangely enough, I had all the ingredients on hand.

Banana Sip Sop (serves two)

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas (I broke into my green monster stash, but unfrozen bananas would be fine too–just add a bit more ice as needed)
  • 1/2 C light coconut milk
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • ice (I used 5 or 6 big cubes)

Blend everything together and serve up!  If you need to add a little more liquid (I didn’t, but my blender is quite efficient) either add more coconut milk or substantiate with a little regular milk if you want fewer calories.

Or you could always add more rum, obviously.

I was really impressed at how much these drinks tasted exactly how I remembered, sans cherry on top.  Of course, it has been three years, but still.

All we were missing is the ocean, the hot sun, those stress-free days before dental school, the huge breakfast buffet stuffed with ripe pineapples and coconut, sunset walks on the beach, and reading in the sand while locals try to sell us weed.

Okay, I don’t really miss that last part.  But it did add to the authenticity of the whole experience.

Ah, Antigua.  We’ll be back sometime soon.

We’ll just have a few more of these in the meantime.

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  1. Jessie

    Love the straws!!!

  2. Tasha

    Reminds me of our honeymoon in Jamaica! We drank foo foo drinks on the beach too. (my husband doesn’t drink beer at all) We also got offered pot and I saw the biggest joint I have ever seen there… a man smoking one the size of a cigar! LOL

  3. Charlene Austin

    Shut up Lauren! The Banana Sip Sop will be on next weekends drink menu!!

  4. Carolyn

    I also honeymooned at an all-inclusive resort in Antigua in 1999! My drink of choice was a banana sip sop. I have tried to recreate it to no avail and have since given up many years ago. I just typed it into Pinterest and up came your blog!! OMG!! Going to try this soon! Thanks!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Hope it brings back the memories 😉

  5. Madison

    Thank you so much! My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon at sandals Antigua-we are having major withdrawals from such a gorgeous place. My husband is a major beer drinker and he loved the banana sip sop-he got one every day and multiple times per day! I wanted to surprise him tonight with dinner so I searched how to make sandals banana sip sop and came across your blog! Looking forward to bringing our honeymoon memories to dinner tonight!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      :) Hope he liked it!

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