Alcudla Cocktail

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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.

Alcudla
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.”

38 thoughts on “Alcudla Cocktail

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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!

  3. 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

    • 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!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!

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

  7. 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.

    • 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.

  8. 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…

    • 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!!!

  9. 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!

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