I should probably preface this by admitting that I love bananas. Sliced, in bread, in pudding, in artificially-flavored candy form. Call me cuckoo, but I’m bananas for… ugh. That was a close one. Glad I stopped myself.
That said, let me tell you about my current favorite cocktail in Dallas: the Tally Man at HIDE in Deep Ellum.
I have sipped this drink no less than five times over the past few months. And it has been consistently wonderful. The cocktail is simple and made from just two ingredients: aged rum and bananas. Equal parts banana and rum are tossed into a centrifuge. The machine rotates with enough force to separate items by mass and therefore extracts the banana’s flavor, sugars, and water. It basically takes the essence of the fruit and infuses it into the liquor. What you’re left with is a semi-sweet rum elixir with a creamy mouthfeel. The drink is made in batches, costs $11 and comes served on the rocks with a handsome cube from Fat Ice.
Other centrifuge cocktail combinations offered at HIDE include mushrooms and cognac, apples and sherry, and rye whiskey and dates. But the Tally Man is my favorite. And you should try it.