Canadian summers are no joke. As brutally cold as our winters can be, our summers can be extremely hot. In my case, being raised in Ottawa, it tends to get not only hot but uncomfortably humid as well. As a child, we had a few methods to cool down during summer including running through sprinklers, going to the neighbourhood pools, or getting a slushy drink at the local convenience store. The most used method however, was a freezie, or popsicle treat since most of us had some stocked in our home coolers. We were one of those families that stocked frozen pops all throughout summer time. My mother was particularly fond of Banana flavour popsicles and I found myself loving that flavour myself.
Fast forward many years and now an adult, I still enjoy a nice cold frozen banana pop. But let’s say as an adult, there was a new favourite way to cool off during toasty summer days. An ice-cold cocktail, specifically a nice margarita was the new found favourite way to cool off in the summers’ heat.
1.5 oz Tequila Patron Añejo
1 oz Giffard Banane du Bresil
1.25 oz Pineapple juice
0.5 oz Lime Juice
4 Dashes home-made Ginger/Vanilla/Cacao nib bitters (Any chocolate or ginger bitters is a fair substitute)
Add all ingredients into a shaking tin. Add ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into cocktail glass of choice. Garnish with banana chip.