We think you'll go bananas for this creamy banana-coffee cocktail that's a frozen, blended delight. The hummingbird drink doesn't exactly match its adorable name — it's not tiny or particularly fast. But it was created at the Hummingbird Beach Resort on Santa Lucia, and it's full of the sweet stuff that hummingbirds love so much. So, while it may not be an appropriate nectar for its namesake to sip on, the hummingbird cocktail is certainly the perfect drink for you.
How to Make a Hummingbird Drink
We love a drink where you can toss all the ingredients in a blender and push a button. They're just so easy, and you know that you're going to wind up with something super tasty.
- 1½ ounces white rum
- ¾ ounce coffee liqueur
- 1 ounce banana liqueur
- 1½ ounces cream of coconut
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 cups crushed ice
- Banana slice for garnish
- In a blender, add ice, white rum, coffee liqueur, banana liqueur, cream of coconut, and banana.
- Blend until smooth or desired consistency.
- Pour into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a banana slice.
Variations and Substitutions for the Hummingbird Drink
Swap a few ingredients or even skip the blender when making your hummingbird cocktail.
- If pulling a blender out fills you with dread, skip the whole banana and use an extra half ounce of banana liqueur instead or even add a half ounce of banana simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, then shake before straining to serve in a cocktail glass over fresh ice.
- Swap your white rum for coconut rum.
- Not a fan of rum? No problem! Use tequila or vodka in its place.
- For a bigger coffee buzz, include up to an ounce of chilled coffee or espresso. You'll be buzzing like the wings of a hummingbird.
Stick with a simple garnish or make it lavish and colorful using any of these ideas.
- Include a chunk of coconut for a tropical, fun look.
- Slip a pineapple leaf in for an added pop of color.
- Sprinkle crushed coconut over the top of the drink or make a rim with it!
- Give the drink a citrus flair with a citrus wheel, fresh or dehydrated.
The Hummingbird Drink Is Not for the Birds
This is one drink that's not for the birds, although don't forget to fill your hummingbird feeder. Whatever your reason for indulging in this creamy treat, this cocktail will certainly help you take flight. Maybe don't try flying upside down, though.