Once upon a time, there was a small Caribbean-themed seafood shack named Cyril’s on the side of a long stretch of highway connecting the Hampton villages with the ‘end of the world’ (Montauk).
It was a no-frills bar with plastic furniture and direct views of the LIRR train that would rumble past. It was a seemingly endless summer party skippered by Cyril — an Irishman from Dublin with a jovial presence — and fueled by his famous boozy concoction: the BBC.
Although skeptical at first of any kind of sugary cocktails, I was hooked at first sip. I could see how the drink Cyril made famous in the Caribbean was a hit at New York’s premier summer destination.
The BBC is a frozen blended mixture of Baileys, banana liquor, piña colada mix, white rum, and a banana. It’s served with a ‘floater,’ or two shots of dark rum on top.
My recipe for the BBC involves fewer ingredients and a bit less sugar (though this drink is not for the calorie conscious). Consider it a summer milkshake for adults that will immediately transport you to a Caribbean beach.
See below for how to make a BBC. Here’s what you’ll need for Fieldhouse Kitchen’s BBC (serves 2):
- 1 ripe banana
- 4 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
- 2 oz. coconut rum (Malibu, Cruzan, Parrot Bay, etc.)
- 2 oz. dark rum (for floaters on top)
- 3/4 cup of ice
Set the dark rum aside, and blend all other ingredients in a blender until the mixture becomes slushy. You can adjust the amount of ice as necessary.
Pour a shot or two of dark rum on top and enjoy. I find BBCs taste best with Bob Marley playing in the background.
You can serve your BBC in a frosted glass or in a plastic cup with a straw — no frills, nothing fancy… Just as Cyril likes to serve it. Cheers.
Watch me show you how to make a BBC in the premiere episode of Fieldhouse Kitchen LIVE.