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After one sip, you’ll be washed away with the tide.

The Gully Wash. It’s an odd (at least to me) mixture of ingredients that had my face cringing when I first heard about it.

I was sitting at the bar of the Small Farmers Bar & Grill on Small Farmers Cay in the Exuma islands. We were just chased off a sandbar by a rain storm and were in need of shelter and a place to prepare our freshly caught conch for some delicious conch salad. Sitting there, sucking back the local SANDS beer, I got into a conversation about cocktails with our Four C’s boat captain Pat, first mate Andrew and bar owner Roosevelt Nixon. Conversation about rum and cocktails, me? I know, crazy right.

I think I was talking about the origin of the Goombay Smash and Pat brought up the Gully Wash. He said it was a great Bahamian drink with gin, coconut water and condensed milk. Two of the three ingredients made the hairs on my neck stand up. I’ll stick with the SANDS and Goombays Pat.

Gully Wash Cocktail Recipe

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 2 oz. Coconut Water
  • 4 oz. Condensed Milk


Pretty simple, just mix the gin and coconut water in half the glass over ice. Then fill the rest with condensed milk. Raise glass and toast.

Gin is one of those ingredients that made me cringe. I would have to guess that if you add light rum instead of gin, the cocktail would be better. But then again, it might not be a Gully Wash then either. O’well, I’m willing to risk it.

Just about the time I got back from the Exumas, our buddies over at wrote about the Gully Wash. So it was strange that I’d gone from never hearing about the drink to hearing about it twice within a week. Funny how things work.

Let me know if you’ve tried the Gully Wash and what you thought.

(Photo by mapetite via Flicker)

Cheers Castaways,

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