This Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe combines the tropical flavors of coconut and pineapple with a hint of cherry and orange for a festive, tropical flavor.
It’s the perfect cocktail for the beach, sitting by the pool, or the perfect way to stay in. Not quite as popular as the vacation drinks pina colada or tequila sunrise, but just as delicious!
Mix this irresistible drink and pour it over a tall glass with lots of ice.
Add fun garnishes like a wedge of pineapple or wedge of orange and all the maraschino cherries you can fit.
Add a little umbrella for festivity, and it’s summertime, no matter the season!
A Bahama Mama looks like fun and summery as it tastes!
Why Is It Called a Bahama Mama?
Rumor has it, this drink is indirectly named after a 1930s Caribbean dancer and performer named Dottie Lee Anderson, who also went by the stage name “Bahama Mama.”
Other legends say this cocktail became popular during Prohibition when the Bahamas were used as a rum smuggling base.
Rum–The Alcohol of the Bahamas
Ask anyone the one alcoholic beverage that comes to mind when you mention “The Bahamas,” and the answer will be rum!
Perhaps it is due to the fact that most of the world’s rum is produced in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Rum is associated with many colorful stories that make up the Bahama’s history.
The Eastern Caribbean island of Barbados is hailed as the birthplace of rum, producing the popular spirit at the resident Mount Gay Distillery for more than 300 years.
13 Best Caribbean Rums:
There are many different types of rum.
These are our picks for the best Caribbean Rums.
- Boukman Botanical Rhum
- El Dorado 12 Year Aged
- Havana Club 3 Anos
- Mount Gay Rum Extra Old
- Bacardi 8 Anos
- Appleton Estate Rum.
- Ron Zacapa
- Cayman Islands’ Tortuga Rum
- Myer’s Dark Rum
- Pusser’s Rum
- Blackwell Rum
- Don Q
Who Created the First Bahama Mama?
Bahamian bartender Oswald “Slade” Greenslade will tell you he invented the cocktail while working at the Nassau Beach Hot.
According to his self-published book, One More Cocktail (a Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Winner – 2014), the drink is named after a local Calypso singer.
The Original Bahama Mama Recipe:
The original and classic Bahama Mama recipe uses coffee liqueur.
Adding this liqueur will leave a subtle fruity sweetness and give the cocktail an earthy depth.
If you want to make this version, add 1/2 ounce of coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa).
It’s just a matter of personal preference.
Ingredients for a Bahama Mama Drink:
ice, crushed, to taste
2 ounces orange juice
1-ounce of pineapple juice
1-ounce dark rum
1/2 ounce coconut rum
1/2 ounce lime juice
splash of grenadine
pineapple, optional for garnish, wedged
orange wedge, optional for garnish
How to Make a Bahama Mama Cocktail
Note: This cocktail is traditionally served in a Hurricane glass.
Add crushed ice to a tall glass.
In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, pineapple juice, dark rum, coconut rum, lime juice, and grenadine, and shake or stir to combine.
Garnish the rim of the glass with pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries. (or make a skewer of pineapple wedges, orange slices, and cherries).
Pour juice mixture over ice.
- ice, crushed, to taste
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 1-ounce of pineapple juice
- 1-ounce dark rum
- 1/2 ounce coconut rum
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- splash of grenadine
- pineapple, optional for garnish, wedged
- orange wedge, optional for garnish
- Add crushed ice to a tall glass.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, pineapple juice, dark rum, coconut rum, lime juice, and grenadine, and shake or stir to combine.
- Garnish the rim of the glass with pineapple wedges and maraschino cherries. (or make a skewer of pineapple wedges, orange slices, and cherries).
- Pour juice mixture over ice.
This cocktail is traditionally served in a Hurricane glass.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 4gSugar: 41gProtein: 2g
The Nutritional Information may not be accurate. This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.