Looking for a margarita unlike any other? Try a bananas fosterita, dubbed the Foster Child ($8), at Salty's Gulfport. Bartender Kat McKenna created the cocktail based on the flavors of the dessert bananas Foster.
"I grew up in New Orleans, so bananas Foster is kind of the staple dessert out there, especially at fine dining restaurants. It was always one of my favorite things, especially as a little kid," McKenna said. The unique cocktail has a mix of tequila, vanilla, hazelnut, cinnamon-sugar and cream.
Last month, McKenna won Creative Loafing's Margarita Wars with the Foster Child.
"I didn't expect as many people to jump on it because it's so different than the normal margarita-type thing," McKenna said. "Everyone thinks margarita, even outside the box, they think fruit juices and things like that. They're not thinking creamy, sugary, banana."
Although the dessert cocktail is different from many of the other drinks at Salty's, McKenna said she has been getting lots of requests for it since winning the competition. See how the cocktail is made in a video at tampabay.com/bars.
Monica Herndon, Times staff writer