The New BBC–Bourbon Banana Colada

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Bourbon Banana Colada for So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest

You might be thinking that “the new BBC” is a referencing the British Broadcasting Corporation, but really BBC is another BBC altogether. In this case, it’s a well-loved cocktail. My version of the BBC is actually a Bourbon Banana Colada. This lovely drink is my entry to The So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest. My dear friend Alisa is hosting this great contest over at Go Dairy Free and So Delicious Dairy-Free is the sponsor. The grand prize for The So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest (which is open to all who use So Delicious products) is a $500 shopping spree at Williams-Sonoma! I could definitely go for some “retail therapy” courtesy of Go Dairy Free and So Delicious! (I wouldn’t mind the runner-up prizes either.) I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of warm weather and tropical vacations right now and one can do that a whole lot easier with a tropical drink in hand. You can vote on your favorite recipes via the So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest Pinterest Board. You simply click on “Like” for your vote.

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The Back Story on the Original BBC

(Note:  Longtime gfe readers might remember this post. I’ve updated it to share again with you today and to enter the So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest.)

I first sampled a BBC in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs). Virgin Gorda, to be exact. We had just experienced the magic that is The Baths (a labryrinth of massive granite boulders at the water’s edge–see more photos of The Baths). Ready for a cold drink, we all trekked up the hill to the Top of the Baths. The Top of the Baths features a restaurant, lounge, pool, and shops—with stunning views of the BVIs. When we reached the top, Son and our nephew immediately hit the pool. Mr. GFE ordered his standard beer and I tried to decide between some Bailey’s Irish Cream or a tropical classic, a Pina Colada. The bartender, hearing my dilemma, kindly suggested a BBC—a Bailey’s Banana Colada. I had never even heard of a BBC, but I sure liked the sound of it. One sip and I was a fan! Yes, it’s every bit as delicious as it sounds. A sort of milkshake made from some of my very favorite ingredients. I had one, then another. Don’t worry though. We weren’t driving. We had chartered a private yacht for the week … with crew. If you’re looking for a special vacation, that’s one we highly recommend. And, surprisingly, it’s no more expensive than a week at a very nice resort with meals and drinks. But, back to this BBC …

BBCs have been on my mind of late. Our cousins, frequent visitors to the Virgin Islands, had emailed me a video of one of the friendly bartenders at their favorite bars blending up a BBC on their most recent trip. That email has remained in my In Box. I kept thinking that I really needed to make a BBC. But shortly thereafter I decided I should go dairy free (at least for a while), so Bailey’s was off limits. (Note: The makers of Bailey’s Irish Cream state that Bailey’s is not gluten free. At one time they used to state it was gluten free. To my knowledge the formulation did not change and I have never had an issue drinking it. It could perhaps be the case of another company that refuses to make that statement for fear of lawsuits and lack of an FDA definition of “gluten free.” So, please use your own judgment about drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream.)

But, I was still thinking of BBCs when I read that my friend, Diva, over at Beach Eats, was hosting her own contest, a beverage contest. Her Thirsty Thursdays May Challenge featured bourbon as one of the challenge ingredients. Clearly, I had to make a bourbon version of the BBC. So I did. I made a half gallon of the new BBC and took it to a family crab feast on Saturday. Those who sampled it really enjoyed it, but let’s face it, beer is usually the drink of choice when eating steamed crabs. So I wasn’t surprised or the least bit disappointed to take about half of the BBC batch home with me. In fact, the leftover libation went into the cooler when it got packed for an overnight trip to our mountain property the next day. As Mr. GFE mowed the grass that afternoon, I confess that I sat by the fire and sipped on my bourbon banana colada … also reading the paper, and watching hundreds of folks float by in canoes, kayaks, and tubes. I had already done my camping set-up chores, so I didn’t feel at all guilty. I was quite content actually. Oh, and if you are wondering, yes, the BBCs did taste even better the second day!

While this new BBC doesn’t quite make the grade of the original Bailey Banana Colada in my opinion, it’s still very good. If the weather is just right, sip this out on your veranda, but if it’s sultry, then by all means retreat to the cooler indoors.

Bourbon Banana Colada
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • one shot dark rum
  • one large banana, sliced and frozen preferably (can use slightly more if you love bananas)
  • one cup pineapple chunks with juice (or pineapple juice)
  • one cup So Delicious coconut milk beverage (unsweetened, original, or vanilla will work; chilled is good)
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • about 8 ice cubes (or more if needed--if a frozen banana is not used or other ingredients are not chilled)
  1. Mix all in blender.
  2. To prepare glass for serving, pour small amount of bourbon in bowl. Pour small amount of brown sugar or raw sugar in another bowl; set beside other bowl. Dip inverted glass in bourbon and then immediately dip the glass in the sugar. Turn upright. Pour BBC into the glass in the center without disturbing sugar. Garnish with a banana slice.
Makes about one quart.

Adapted from several BBC recipes and my pina colada recipe

I doubled the batch to make my half gallon that I took to the party. However, I had to mix it in a large bowl and then blend only a portion at a time as my blender does not hold two quarts. This drink does not have a strong alcoholic taste. You can adjust bourbon and rum amounts if you'd like a more "potent potable." I used Demerera sugar to dip my glass in. Many BBC and colada recipes, in general, call for mixes. I'm not a fan due to the other ingredients in such mixes. It's quite easy to make these types of drinks "from scratch." This recipes is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free, excluding the sugar on the rim of the glass and the fact that alcohol itself converts to sugar.

Finally, be sure to check back over at Diva’s on Thursday for the roundup and the announcement of the winner. Diva’s Thirsty Thursday events are always fun and refreshing; be sure to check them out. Just the other day she headed off to the New York City Library for a mixology function. Does your local library have cool events like that? No, mine either. It’s okay though, just make your own Bourbon Banana Colada (or an original BBC) to sip at home. I don’t think you’ll miss the library if you’re sipping one of these.


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48 Responses to “The New BBC–Bourbon Banana Colada”

  1. Deb on May 31st, 2010 11:10 pm

    Yeah, my library has cool events for kids but no mixology classes. This drink looks AMAZING! The whole reason my house is GF is for my son w/ celiac disease; we are a family of six and have no problem with it. I do like tucking away for the WAAAAYOFFFF future GF drinks for him, but I do think I might have to test this one out!

    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 6:39 am

      Hi Deb–Yep, same here. Our library is focused on the kiddos. I guess the NYC library is about a whole lot more … more of an upscale community center, so to speak. (Because if I recall that’s where Carrie in Sex and the City was having her wedding.)

      Thanks for the kudos on the drink! It is lovely. :-) I’m sure you could make it alcohol free for all to enjoy, but then it would be a virgin pina colada that just happened to include banana, too (which is actually how I make mine usually). Let us know if you give it a try … either way. ;-)


  2. Tia on June 1st, 2010 12:08 am

    Wow! That sounds so good. An absolutely wonderful way to start the summer. We have a bbq coming up, and I just might have to try this recipe then. Thanks.


    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 6:42 am

      Hi Tia– :-) Yep, pretty darned good! If you do dairy, you could also try the original BBC for fun. Both are tasty and refreshing though!

      Can you believe that it’s June? All things summer upon us … bbqs and summer cocktails are certainly some of the best parts. ;-)


  3. Heidi Kelly on June 1st, 2010 12:20 pm

    Oh my Shirley! I will be on the next plane out to enjoy one of these with you while we chat about Dangerous Grains, LOL! :-)


    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 6:47 am

      Hi Heidi–Oh what fun we could have, couldn’t we, girl? :-) One day we’ll meet up and sample a few of our favorite drinks as we solve all the world’s gluten problems! ;-)

      Thanks! xoxoxo,


  4. The Diva on a Diet on June 1st, 2010 1:26 pm

    Wow, Shirley, this looks fantastic! I love all the tropical flavors going on and the sugared rim is so pretty! I don’t think I’ve ever combined bourbon with tropical fruits, but it sounds like such a natural and winning combination to me. Perfect for the start of summer!

    Thank you SO much for playing along with the challenge this month. I am eternally grateful!!! :)


    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 7:03 am

      Hi Diva–So glad you approve, dear. :-) I was trying to be worthy of the Thirsty Thursdays challenge and some of those exotic concoctions you share with us all. ;-)

      It was my pleasure to be able to join in this month. Can’t wait to see the other entries, especially the cucumber ones. Wish I could be there to sample them with you! LOL, but not kidding ;-)


  5. Alta on June 1st, 2010 1:29 pm

    I have only recently started to warm up to mixed drinks like this one – but this does sound really good! And as for the Virgin Islands – I love them! My husband and I were married in St. Croix and it’s so gorgeous there – and not all that pricey.

    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 6:51 am

      Hi Alta–Yes, usually people follow two schools of thoughts when it comes to drinks … classic (non frou-frou) or frou frou. But sometimes the two can meet. LOL

      I’ve never been to St. Croix, but I know folks who have and loved it. How exciting that you were married there—I bet that was incredibly special! :-) We are big fans of the BVIs, which are totally gorgeous as you say, and need a trip back soon. ;-) BTW, I would have included a few of my own photos of The Baths, but I didn’t do digital then and I don’t have a scanner. :-(


  6. Maggie on June 1st, 2010 2:36 pm

    You are so smart! This looks lovely. The coconut milk is such a great idea – so many options. Dairy-free easily :)

    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 6:52 am

      Hi Maggie–LOL on being smart … a girl’s just gotta do what a girl’s gotta do … ya know? ;-) Coconut milk often saves the day and makes luscious treats of all kinds. :-)

      Thanks, dear!


  7. Linda on June 1st, 2010 10:06 pm

    That sounds delicious! Coconut milk seems like the perfect thing for it.

    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 6:57 am

      Hi Linda–Thanks! :-) Yes, coconut milk has once again saved the day, but you’re right, it’s just perfect in this recipe. ;-)


  8. Starlene on June 1st, 2010 11:08 pm

    I am a teetotaler but the photo you took of this drink makes me want to make it and try it! Looks delicious! I wonder how it would taste sans liquor? I hopped over from links under my BlogHer advertisement. Nice to meet you!

    • Shirley on June 2nd, 2010 7:00 am

      Hi Starlene–Welcome to gfe! I’m sure you’d enjoy this drink made without alcohol … it would be a virgin pina colada then, but full of non-mix goodnesss. ;-) A little vanilla extract might make it special, too.

      Thanks so much for finding me via BlogHer! I took a quick peek at your blog. Congrats on your success to date with GAPS—impressive! :-)


  9. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios on June 2nd, 2010 9:01 pm

    Beautiful photos!

    • Shirley on June 3rd, 2010 6:30 am

      Hi V–Thanks so much! :-) I had fun with those photos. The new BBC—a drink that’s delicious and photogenic. ;-)


  10. April Harris on June 3rd, 2010 8:43 pm

    That looks and sounds SO delicious! What a great invention!

    • Shirley on June 4th, 2010 11:31 am

      Hi April–Welcome to gfe! Thanks! It’s definitely a winner. :-) Hope you’ll try it.

      Off to check out your blog … intriguing title! ;-)


  11. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten Free on June 4th, 2010 11:54 pm

    Wow, Shirley. If I could drink, I’d give this a try. Your presentation is great – who wouldn’t want to relax with a BBC?

    • Shirley on June 5th, 2010 9:07 am

      Oh, my goodness … thanks so much for those compliments, Amy! They are truly appreciated! I bet you could make this drink without the alcohol and add something else for additional flavoring. Alcohol-free vanilla extract perhaps?


  12. Aubree Cherie on June 8th, 2010 8:30 am

    Wow, this looks more like dessert than an alcoholic beverage! I bet it’s hard not to drink too many… haha

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • Shirley on June 8th, 2010 9:59 pm

      Aubree–It is pretty luscious. Yes, you’re so right about it being easy to drink a lot of these BBCs … that’s why I had to make the batch right before a gathering. Not a good idea to be left alone with that much of a frou frou drink (still frou frou even if it contained bourbon). ;-)


  13. Jessica @ ATX Gluten Free on June 9th, 2010 7:03 pm

    Shirley- this looks so good. I would love to be on a beach right now sipping on this beverage! or 3 :)

    • Shirley on June 9th, 2010 11:36 pm

      Hey Jessica!–Thanks. :-) And, LOL on the one or 3 of these BBCs! Yep, that’s about right. Hard to resist them. Great to share with others for self-preservation reaasons. ;-)

      FYI, I mentioned your entry in the Udi’s contest on my latest post. :-) Good luck!


  14. Beth on December 11th, 2010 7:55 pm

    So, I was thinking of making a recipe using bourbon and I thought, “I wonder if bourbon is gluten-free.” I figured it was safe, but just wanted to make sure. I thought about a simple Google inquiry, but thought “I bet if I go on GFE, I can see if there is a recipe using bourbon. If so, I have my answer.” Ha — what do you know?!?! Why your site? Well, because yours is the comprehensive GF guide, of course. And, I remember you telling me you put peppermint schnapps in your mint ice cream, so I had a sneaking suspicion that you were the kind of woman who just might have an inkling to make something with bourbon as well ; )Love it!

    • Shirley on December 12th, 2010 7:35 pm

      Hi Beth–Awww, such a sweet comment—thank you! I don’t consider my site a comprehensive gf guide, but it’s great you can find the info you need here. :-) I have an inkling to make lots of alcoholic beverages … I love the shiny, festive bottles and the equally shiny, festive or thick luscious drinks that results from using them. ;-) I really don’t drink that often, but I do enjoy fun drinks and spiked ice cream. ;-) Glad you have your answer! Wondering what you are making with that bourbon …


  15. Beth on December 13th, 2010 3:41 pm

    Shirley — you may not consider your site comprehensive, but just about every time I Google a gluten-free version of a recipe, one from GFE seems to pop up! Either that, or we’re just on the same wavelength : ) Oh, and stay tuned for what I am making with the bourbon. Okay, I’ll tell you that it starts with egg and ends with nog and just might be in the form of an ice cream….

  16. Alisa on April 7th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing Shirley! Thanks for entering. Probably too early for the Bourbon, but this still looks SO good. It looked like you already pinned it to the contest board – sharing elsewhere now :)

    • Shirley on April 7th, 2013 1:24 pm

      Thanks, Alisa! It’s an awfully delish drink! :-) Did I break the rules? ;-( You had already invited me to the Pinterest board so I went ahead and pinned it …

      Thanks so much for sharing! I’m looking forward to all the So Delicious Dairy-Free 2013 Recipe Contest entries. I’ve already seen some great ones! :-)

      • Alisa on April 8th, 2013 10:37 am

        You did it right!

        • Shirley on April 10th, 2013 12:24 am

          Whew! Relieved. ;-)

  17. Vicky on April 7th, 2013 5:22 pm

    This reminds me of a hot Summer’s Day – I wish!! I love the photo and the drink looks delicious! Good luck in the competition

    Vicky xo

    • Shirley on April 10th, 2013 12:26 am

      Vicky–The heat just arrived here! In full effect! Thanks so much! But I think I replied on FB that I’m mostly participating to support Alisa and Go Dairy Free. I’m not much of a recipe contest girl to be honest. It’s fun to see all the entries though. :-)


  18. Linda on April 7th, 2013 6:55 pm

    Sounds delicious, Shirley, and I especially like that first picture. Good luck with the contest!

  19. Diane Eblin-thewholegang on April 7th, 2013 11:55 pm

    You are becoming the queen of drinks. This look delicious and I don’t even like bourbon but I do like rum. Yum!

    • Shirley on April 10th, 2013 12:27 am

      Diane–Haha! I’m happy to take that title. ;-) I was never a bourbon gal either, but it works in this recipe. Of course, rum would probably be great, too. :-)


  20. Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska on April 9th, 2013 3:34 am

    I’ve never had bourbon before, Shirley. This looks like the perfect drink to try it in! I just love the name, too… BBC! ;)

    • Shirley on April 10th, 2013 12:32 am

      Megan–Bourbon is a Southern thing. Bourbon afficianados will tell you the only true bourbon is that which is made in Kentucky, in Bourbon County, I believe. Personally, I think you have to like whiskey type beverages to enjoy bourbon in a non-frou frou drink (which I consider this drink to be). ;-) Anyway, forget the details … hail the BBC! :-)


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