If you are looking for the original Bahama Mama drink recipe, then look no further. Lots of bartenders or mixologists like to put their own spin or twist on the drink. Which is good, but if it happens too much, the original drink can get lost over time. That’s why I want to give you the “real” Bahama Mama.
The Bahamas are becoming a second home to Crystal and I. We live in southwest Florida, so we try and get over there as much as we can. Every time we go, we fall deeper in love with the island nation every time I visit. There’s just something special about the water, the people, the food, and the experiences. It’s hard to wash those salty waters off of you when you return home.
Home is the place most of us unfortunately must return when our visit to the Bahamas has ended. For many that means a visit to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport. In the airport you’ll find Rhythm Cafe in the international terminal, it’s a great place to get a taste of the Bahamas before flying home. That means grab some conch fritters, a Kalik or Sands, and definitely a Bahama Mama.
The last time I was there I saw a Bahamian man sitting two seat down from me sipping on a brilliantly red Bahama Mama cocktail. Once he finished it, he enthusiastically ordered another. I thought to myself, isn’t the Bahama Mama more of a touristy drink?
I guess not.
In honor of that observation, I’d like to show you how to make what is arguably the most famous cocktail in the Bahamas, the Bahama Mama.
Bahama Mama Drink Recipe
- .5 oz light rum
- .5 oz Myers dark rum
- .5 oz coconut rum
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 2 oz orange juice
- Squeeze of Lemon juice
- Dash grenadine
How To Make a Bahama Mama
Fill a Collins glass with crushed ice. Combine the following in a shaker with ice. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about fifteen seconds. Strain into an ice-filled hurricane or collins glass. Top with a splash of grenadine. If you like, garnish with a cherry and pineapple wedge. Raise glass and toast.
Next time you’re sitting on a white sand beach somewhere in the Bahamas, order up a Bahama Mama, and then another. You’ll feel a warm breeze wash across you and know you are doing as the Bahamians do.
History of the Bahama Mama
As with many famous drinks, the origin of the Bahama Mama is a bit fuzzy. One thing is certain, is that is was created in the Bahamas. Not a big surprise I know.
One story is that it was named after a Caribbean dancer, Dottie Lee Anderson, who performed in the 1930’s and went by the name of Bahama Mama when on stage.
Maybe the best story of the drink’s creation comes from several homegrown recipes codified into a single drink by a Bahamian bartender named Oswald “Slade” Greenslade. He claims to have invented the cocktail while working at the Nassau Beach Hotel, according to his self-published book One More Cocktail.
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