Alcudla Cocktail

So you know how I like to write on my blog posts? Some might even say I ramble a bit, but when you’ve reached my age, there are a lot of stories. And when you’re a foodie, there are lots of memorable food and drink experiences. Well, I have nothing to say in this post. All I know is that I’ve had this cocktail written down to make for years. And it’s not from one of my cocktail books.

My only reference that I jotted down is a website called Cocktail Builder, which I just looked at to remind myself what it is. And it’s a brilliant website.

You start with choosing, for example, to search for gin or vodka cocktails. Alternatively, you can list ingredients you have on hand, and those can be integral components of the resulting cocktail. As it states on the website, “add the stuff from your bar to see the cocktails you can make.”

So here’s my cocktail that I wrote down so long ago. It contains gin, Galliano, Creme de Banane, and grapefruit juice.

Now, the reason perhaps that it’s taken me so long to make this, is because the ingredients together are so strange. And I don’t even like Galliano.

However, I finally made it. It’s interesting. And how it got created for me on Cocktail Builder, I’ll never know, because gin is the only one of four ingredients that I always have on hand.

Well, here you go. Make it if you dare. And keep in mind that 3 of the 4 components are alcoholic.

Mixed Drink Recipe from Cocktail Builder
Makes 1 drink

2 oz of gin
1 oz of galliano
1 oz of creme de banana
1 oz of grapefruit juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel.

I preferred mine served over a generous amount of ice.

The next time I make this drink, if there is a next time, I will use 1/2 ounce of Galliano per drink. It just was too botanical for me.

My husband liked the drink. He said it was “minty.”

By Published On: August 10th, 202042 Comments on Alcudla Cocktail

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Ron August 10, 2020 at 7:35 AM - Reply

    Lovely images of a yummy looking cocktail. I must admit your Alcudla is a new cocktail to me. I wonder where the name comes from.

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 7:38 AM - Reply

      Thank you. I have no idea. Horrible name, if you ask me!

  2. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen August 10, 2020 at 7:59 AM - Reply

    This looks so refreshing! Love your garnish too!

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 8:02 AM - Reply

      Thank you! All I know is that it was really strong!

  3. Fran @ G'day Souffle' August 10, 2020 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    That Cocktail Builder website looks like a good idea. All you have to do (I think), is to list the ingredients you’d like to have in a cocktail and voilà! All the ingredients in your cocktail are ones that I like. I’ve never heard of crème de banane before- looks like something you could make yourself if you couldn’t find it in the shops!

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 11:32 AM - Reply

      I’ve only used it to make bananas Foster. It’s basically banana liqueur. I would have no idea how to make it. And how to not have he syrup/liqueur not looking like banana mush!

  4. cookingwithshy August 10, 2020 at 10:30 AM - Reply

    Perfect summer cocktail…cheers!!

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 11:31 AM - Reply

      It’s very interesting!

  5. cookingontheweekends August 10, 2020 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    Beautiful photos!! I’d never heard of Galliano — the flavors in it sound lovely though. This cocktail sounds so interesting and tasty. I’ll take the dare. ;-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 3:54 PM - Reply

      There is a famous cocktail called Harvey Wallbanger that I only know about because it was drunk a LOT when I was in college. Not by me. It’s an interesting liqueur – very botanical. I’ve actually cooked chicken with it, but I don’t remember if I liked it!

  6. sippitysup August 10, 2020 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    This is one I will just have to taste someday before I can say another thing! GREG

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 3:52 PM - Reply

      Sounds weird, doesn’t it?!!

  7. Laura August 10, 2020 at 5:07 PM - Reply

    It sure is pretty! Might be a good way to start a party.

    • chef mimi August 10, 2020 at 8:05 PM - Reply

      Um, or a really good way to end a party!

  8. sherry August 10, 2020 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    wow this drink sounds fabulous mimi. I love a cocktail with lots of … oomph:) i nearly said lots of … well you can guess the rest.

    • chef mimi August 11, 2020 at 7:40 AM - Reply

      Oh, well this will be perfect for you then!!!

  9. Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 10, 2020 at 10:55 PM - Reply

    I will keep the cocktail builder website in mind for summer. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • chef mimi August 11, 2020 at 7:39 AM - Reply

      You’re welcome! It’s fun to use.

  10. Lauren - August 11, 2020 at 3:24 PM - Reply

    Lovely photos! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of an alcudla cocktail, but if I ever happen to find myself with the ingredients I’ll give it a go! Going to bookmark cocktail builder as well, sounds like a wonderful site!

    • chef mimi August 12, 2020 at 7:57 AM - Reply

      The website is really handy. More handy than the cocktail books I have!

  11. The Gourmet Gourmand August 11, 2020 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    What a great recipe! my husband loves extra boozy cocktails- I’ll have to suggest this one to him. Cheers!

    • chef mimi August 12, 2020 at 7:56 AM - Reply

      Goodness, so does mine. I only took one sip!

  12. samosastreetblog August 12, 2020 at 1:33 AM - Reply

    Such a beautiful drink with delicious flavors. I’ll have to treat myself to this one evening. Thanks for sharing Chef Mimi

    • chef mimi August 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome!

  13. David @ Spiced August 12, 2020 at 6:23 AM - Reply

    Interesting! I do love cocktails, and it’s fun to find unique drinks to try. I actually do enjoy Galliano, but I haven’t had it in ages. But creme de banana? That’s a new one to me. This sounds like a deliciously tropical drink. Definitely something worth trying on a hot evening on the back porch!

    • chef mimi August 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM - Reply

      Creme de banana I’ve used a lot making bananas Foster. But that’s probably it. It’s a very interesting drink – very strong!!!

  14. kitchenriffs August 12, 2020 at 9:35 AM - Reply

    I’ve not heard of this — sounds intriguing. I don’t like Galliano by itself, but it makes a pretty good cocktail ingredient. Kind of how I don’t like sweet vermouth all by itself (although it’s growing on me) but it’s wonderful as an ingredient. Fun drink — thanks.

    • chef mimi August 12, 2020 at 9:39 AM - Reply

      Fun and potent! Since you like strong cocktails you’ll probably like this one, although if you don’t love Galliano I’d use half the amount.

  15. David Scott Allen August 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    It looks really good, Mimi – but only 3 of four ingredients are alcohol? Practically a mocktail. :) I actually like Galliano because my (Italian) uncle always had it around the house and it reminds me of him. I don’d have any in the house – closest thing is Sambuca. It might work. Lots of good fresh grapefruits still on the trees here in Tucson… But Crème de Banane? I never even heard of the stuff…

    • chef mimi August 12, 2020 at 11:08 AM - Reply

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! No creme de banana? A few people have mentioned that. I use it to make bananas Foster, so I’ve used it for years. I would also be good in a cocktail with something chocolate I imagine, but I’m a terrible mixologist, so I won’t try! I’m jealous about the grapefruits!!!

  16. Raymund August 12, 2020 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    That cocktail looks really refreshing, now I have to find that Crème de Banane

    • chef mimi September 5, 2020 at 12:03 PM - Reply

      I know it’s readily available here in the US. Hope you can find it!

  17. Our Growing Paynes August 13, 2020 at 9:46 AM - Reply

    Those are very pretty glasses, very elegant.

    • chef mimi August 13, 2020 at 11:27 AM - Reply


  18. Jeff the Chef August 13, 2020 at 10:35 AM - Reply

    I wouldn’t’ve guessed that it’d be minty! I think I’d love all these flavors together, except I’m not sure how the banana fits in … but that’s what makes me want to try it!

    • chef mimi August 13, 2020 at 11:26 AM - Reply

      I know. It’s weird. I didn’t think it was minty, just herbal.

  19. 2pots2cook August 14, 2020 at 5:33 AM - Reply

    Love the ingredients and love the photos ! Enjoy your week end :-)

    • chef mimi August 14, 2020 at 7:40 AM - Reply

      Thank you! You, too!

  20. marymtf December 3, 2020 at 3:27 AM - Reply

    I rather like Galliano but tried it and can’t seem to take to gin. 🤭

    • chef mimi December 3, 2020 at 7:22 AM - Reply

      Ah. It’s a pretty strong drink, I didn’t like it at all!

  21. mixersanonymous December 8, 2020 at 6:04 AM - Reply

    That may just be the sexiest cocktail I’ve seen for the year, and I’ve seen plenty.

    • chef mimi December 8, 2020 at 7:32 AM - Reply

      Ha! Well that is quite a compliment! Thanks!

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