Inspired by enjoying a slice of Hummingbird cake with a cup of coffee, this cocktail features banana liqueur, pineapple, and cinnamon as key ingredients highlighting the cake. Mr. Black brings a beautiful complexity that lingers throughout.



 40 ml Rhum Agricole Blanc(Rhum JM)
 15 ml Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
 15 ml Crème de Banane(Tempus Fugit)
 15 ml Pineapple Juice
 15 ml Lemon Juice
 20 ml Orgeat (2:1)



Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a little pebble ice. Shake until ice has melted and open pour into a rocks glass


Fill glass with pebble ice


Garnish with a spanked bouquet of mint, dehydrated lemon wheel, and grated cinnamon

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  1. Steve the Bartender 29 September 2021 at 2:37 pm

    I’m loving the sound of this! ?

  2. superjee 29 September 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Would this be considered original? There is already a similar recipe

    • Steve the Bartender 30 September 2021 at 9:19 am

      It does share similarities with the name and ingredients but one is a creamy banana cocktail whilst this is more tiki-fied. If cocktails are too similar to an existing cocktail then it will score less for creativity if it makes the finals.

    • alexnix0713 30 September 2021 at 9:21 am

      @superjee had no idea the diffords recipe existed when developing this, but thank you for pointing it out. As Steve said I think it’s different enough to justify its own cocktail.

    • alexnix0713 30 September 2021 at 11:38 am

      One last thing, as I’m feeling a bit bothered by the comment about the cocktail being considered original. First I do not think it is fair to police anyone’s cocktail via a Difford’s name search for originality (unless you are an official judge). I have been eagerly anticipating the competition ever since I followed it last year and was unable to compete due to lack of access to Mr. Black. Therefore it would be entirely foolish for me to copy someone else’s cocktail, because I want to put myself in the best position I can to place high. Furthermore, had I named this anything but “Hummingbird,” the Difford’s Guide cocktail would have never populated and you would have not had grounds to say what you did, as my cocktail is almost entirely different aside from using banana as a flavor. That drink is blended, uses fresh banana (absent from mine), coconut (also absent from mine), a rum instead of a rhum, has no pineapple, no cinnamon, and no orgeat. Some backstory, my girlfriend and I were sitting together one night early last year brainstorming cool cocktail ideas, and said “why don’t you make one based on hummingbird cake?” I literally had never even heard of a hummingbird cake at that point, and came up with an idea for a cocktail (which originally had no coffee, which came to me later once the competition was announced). I’m sorry for this extended response and I hope I have not upset you in any way through it. This competition means a lot to me and I am very proud of this creation of my own.

  3. alexnix0713 29 September 2021 at 9:12 pm

    Ahhh Hi Steve! Thank you!

  4. superjee 30 September 2021 at 9:20 am

    Thank you for clarifying Steve!

  5. Ben Gourley 14 October 2021 at 4:42 am

    This one was a lot of fun to make

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