Cocktail Recipe: Banana Gold Fashioned

Banana Nankai Gold Fashioned Cocktail
Banana Nankai Gold Fashioned Cocktail
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Banana Gold Fashioned

The Banana Gold Fashioned is our take on the Old Fashioned cocktail, using Nankai Gold barrel-aged shochu and banana liqueur. In a word, it is HEAVEN.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: banana, classic cocktail, nankai gold, old fashioned
Servings: 1
Calories: 115kcal


  • Mixing Glass


  • 1.5 oz Nankai Gold
  • 0.5 oz Banana Liqueur Tempus Fugit Cremé de Banane is our favorite
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 piece Orange Peel


  • Combine Nankai Gold, banana liqueur, and bitters in a mixing glass.
    1.5 oz Nankai Gold, 0.5 oz Banana Liqueur, 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Add ice and stir to chill.
  • Strain into glass over large cube of ice.
  • Express orange peel and garnish to serve.
    1 piece Orange Peel



Serving: 2oz | Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sugar: 5g

The Nankai Banana Gold Fashioned is a decadent twist on the classic whiskey Old Fashioned cocktail. Bartenders everywhere are creating variations on the time-honored cocktail recipe with mezcal, cognac, and other non-traditional spirits. So, of course, we created the Gold Fashioned using Nankai Gold, our award-winning barrel-aged blended kokuto shochu. It has been so popular that we’re following up with a banana-based version which may best the original.

Nankai Gold, Tempus Fugit’s Cremé de Banane in lieu of sugar, and Angostura Bitters comprise the Banana Gold Fashioned. An expressed orange peel garnish and an optional dark chocolate rim rounds out the cocktail. If you want to get fancy, a caramelized banana slice instead of the orange peel would be heavenly. Perhaps due to their mutual connection to tropical roots, kokuto shochu and bananas go incredibly well together.

Why a Shochu Old-Fashioned?

We’ve already talked about the Old Fashioned’s history and its well-deserved place as a top cocktail. But, it’s important to note why barrel-aged kokuto shochus like Nankai Gold are a valid (and delicious) replacement spirit. One, shochu in general expresses complex notes and umami because of its production methods. Single-distilled and koji-fermented guarantees a unique flavor journey that will intrigue, if not delight, most spirit enthusiasts.

Secondly, while kokuto shochus are distilled from artisanal kokuto sugar and rice rather than barley, they absorb flavors from oak casks well and age beautifully. In fact, aged kokuto shochus won the top spot at the Tokyo Whisky and Spirits Competition’s shochu category for two years in a row. Nankai Gold’s cask-finished notes of chocolate, raisins, spice, and fruit play well with the components for Old Fashioneds.

Back to the Banana Gold Fashioned, if you’re a fan of the original classic cocktail, we can’t recommend this version enough. To find a bottle of Nankai Gold near you or a retailer that can ship to you, click the link to our store finder.

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