This recipe takes about 10 days to prepare and uses only the banana peels. Use the bananas to make Banana Fritters or Dreams.


12 bananas

4 cups light brandy (aguardiente), or white rum

2 cups sugar


Peel the bananas. Place the banana peels in a large jar with the aguardiente. Cover and store for 10 days in a dark place. Meanwhile place sugar in a pot and cover with ½ cup water. Bring to a boil and continue cooking until the mixture is syrupy - that is, when a little syrup is removed with a skimmer and a fine layer forms that can be moved around easily, about 10 minutes.

Mix the sugar with the liqueur. Strain the mixture and pour into a bottle. Cork it; place the bottle on its side and let it age, about 6 weeks.


Makes 1 quart.


country : Cape Verde

course : beverage


source : Cuisines of Portuguese Encounters / Cherie Y. Hamilton


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