The Firecracker

Ahhh! What can I say about The Fire­cracker? I don’t want to give the impres­sion that it looks bet­ter than it tastes, because it’s really yummy, but DANG!! This drink is visu­ally THE BOMB!! (see what I did there.…?)

The FireCracker

Some­times a photo comes along that I can’t tear my eyes away from. It’s really beau­ti­ful. And yummy. Did I men­tion yummy? Because I feel the need to con­vince you that even though it looks amaz­ing, it also tastes really good! Fol­low the instruc­tions below for assem­bly and you should be re-creating The Fire­cracker in no time!


The Fire­cracker

Yield: makes 4–6 drinks, depend­ing on the size of your glasses


  • Blue layer:
  • 2 cups gran­u­lated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tea­spoon rum extract (or a splash or two of rum if you’re into that)
  • a drop or 2 of royal blue Ameri­color gel food color
  • White layer:
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 1/4 cup pineap­ple juice
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • Red layer:
  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) raspberries
  • 1/4 cup rasp­berry syrup (Torani, or make your own)
  • 2 cups ice
  • a drop of Super Red Ameri­color gel paste food color–depending on how red you like the rasp­berry layer to be


  1. Make the lay­ers in this order:
  3. In a small saucepan, mix the sugar and water together. Heat until sugar is dis­solved, stir­ring well. It’s not nec­es­sary to boil this mix­ture, but a milute or two on medium is great.
  4. Pull off the heat.
  5. Pour into a clear con­tainer to color. It’s dif­fi­cult to gauge the level of blue oth­er­wise. My first attempt was so blue you couldn’t see through it. Hold it up to a win­dow if that helps. Add one drop to begin with.
  6. The sim­ple syrup can be made well ahead of time and stored in the fridge for days if needed.
  8. Blend this mix­ture together and set aside in the fridge while you mix the red layer.
  10. a drop of Super Red Ameri­color gel paste food color–depending on how red you like the rasp­berry layer to be
  11. Blend really well in a blender. (I mean REALLY WELL! It’s like a THICK slurpee.….)
  12. If you don’t have two blenders, then Pour your red mix­ture into a bowl and stick in the freezer while you com­plete the next step.
  13. Assembly:
  14. Pour blue sim­ple syrup into the bot­tom of your glasses. (Esti­mate how full of drink your glass will even­tu­ally be, and gauge one third of that for the blue. It help if your glasses are a bit nar­rower at the bot­tom. The blue layer is very sweet. The drink will taste bet­ter if your ratio of blue is actu­ally a lit­tle less than the others.)
  15. Take your white mix­ture from the fridge and in a clean blender, blend 1 cup of banana mix­ture REALLY WELL with 1 cup of ice.
  16. Using a bast­ing syringe, layer into the next third the white over the blue start­ing on the out­side edge work­ing inward in a swirling direc­tion. This helps keep the lay­ers from intermixing.
  17. Take the red layer from the freezer and layer in the same way using a clean bast­ing syringe to fill the last third of your drink area.

The FireCracker


Voila! If it’s not too hot out­side, the lay­ers will stay intact for a decent amount of time.

After every­one is done admir­ing the awe­some­ness of your drink-layering-skills, tell your guests to mix all the lay­ers up with a spoon before drink­ing to blend the sweet with the creamy with the tart. It’s also nice to add some Pel­le­grino or club soda at this point for some fizz.

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  1. Wow. W-O-W! I can’t take my eyes off that!

  2. Awe­some. Hav­ing this not only on the fourth but soon.


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