One of the pleasures of a vacation is to visit the local bars and sample cocktails.
Cocktails of The Bahamas are many and varied but tend to revolve around tropical produce like coconuts, pineapples and rum. So join me as we explore five of the best known cocktails of The Bahamas.
It is believed that the name derives from a Caribbean dancer and performer in the 1930s who also went by the stage name “Bahama Mama.”
To make the drink pour 1 ounce coconut rum, 1/2 ounce each dark rum, coffee liqueur, and grenadine, and 2 ounces each pineapple and orange juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a hurricane glass filled with cracked ice.
The name comes from the fact that you need a coconut to make the cocktail and they grow on very tall trees, hence Sky Juice.
Sometimes called “Gully Wash”. This cocktail varies from sweet to very sweet.
To make Sky Juice, gin is mixed with coconut water and condensed milk, served over ice and garnished with freshly grated nutmeg. It’s creamy without being too thick, sweet without being too sweet.
Named after the wife of a bar owner in Abaco, Miss Emily. Although Miss Emily never touched a drop of liquor, she brewed the first Goombay smash. She made it in gallon batches from where she served it to the bar clients. Now it can be found throughout The Bahamas.
To make a Goombay Smash start with a large glass of ice cubes. Add six tablespoons of pineapple juice. Quarter cup orange juice. Quarter cup of coconut rum. Two tablespoons white rum. 2 tablespoons good rum. Two tablespoons dark rum. Shake well and garnish with pineapple wedges.
This Cocktail of The Bahamas was named after the song “Yellow Bird”, made famous by Harry Belafonte.
The recipe says take the juice of half a lime, add one and a quarter ounces of orange juice or pineapple juice. Add one ounce light rum. Add one ounce dark rum. quarter ounce Galliano liqueur or grenadine. Garnish with pineapple chunks.
Pineapple Upside Down Martini
This one is the easiest: Pour the pineapple juice, vodka and grenadine into a shaker full of ice. Shake, then strain into two martini glasses. Garnish with a piece of pineapple and a cherry on a skewer.
So there you have it. Five Cocktails of The Bahamas. Try them and decide which is your favorite. But be warned, they have a kick so drink responsibly… Enjoy
If you go to our website you will find a comprehensive list of the bars and restaurants where you can try these local specialities