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Old Fashioned Cocktails- Bahama Mama

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Old Fashioned Cocktails- Bahama Mama:

When was the Bahama Mama Invented

The exact origin of the Bahama Mama cocktail is unclear, but it is believed to have been invented in the Caribbean, possibly in the Bahamas, in the mid-20th century.

The drink has become a popular tropical cocktail and is typically made with rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine. There are many variations of the recipe, and the drink can be customized to suit individual taste preferences.

Overall, the Bahama Mama is a fruity and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day or while enjoying a tropical vacation.

What You Need

  • dark rum
  • malibu liqueur
  • 151cubita rum
  • red grenadine syrup
  • coffee liqueur
  • orange juice
  • pineapple juice
  • crushed ice

How to Make a Bahama Mama

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the dark rum, malibu liqueur, coffee liqueur, 151cubita rum,lime juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake the mixture vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a hurricane glass or tall glass filled with ice.
  5. Drizzle the grenadine syrup over the top of the drink.
  6. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry, and serve

Tip For Making a Bahama Mama

  • Use high-quality rum: The rum is the star of the show in a Bahama Mama, so it’s important to choose a high-quality dark rum and coconut rum to give the drink a rich, smooth flavor.
  • Experiment with the ratios: The exact ratios of the ingredients can vary based on personal taste. For example, if you prefer a sweeter drink, you can increase the amount of grenadine syrup, while if you prefer a more tart drink, you can add more lime juice.
  • Fresh juices are best: Whenever possible, use fresh-squeezed orange and lime juice to give the drink a bright, citrusy flavor. Fresh pineapple juice is also ideal, but if you can’t find fresh, canned juice is a good substitute.
  • Layer the ingredients: For a visually appealing drink, you can layer the grenadine syrup at the bottom of the glass before adding ice and the other ingredients. This creates a gradient effect that is both beautiful and delicious.
  • Don’t skimp on the garnish: A fun and colorful garnish can make all the difference in the presentation of a Bahama Mama. Pineapple wedges, cherries, and other tropical fruits are all great options to add a pop of color to the drink.
  • Use crushed ice: Using crushed ice instead of regular ice cubes can help to create a smoother and more blended texture in the drink. If you don’t have crushed ice, you can also blend regular ice cubes in a blender until they are finely crushed.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use different types of rum in a Bahama Mama?

Yes, you can experiment with different types of rum to find the blend that best suits your taste. Dark rum and coconut rum are the most commonly used types of rum in a Bahama Mama, but you can also try spiced rum, white rum, or other types of rum to give the drink a unique flavor.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Bahama Mama?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of a Bahama Mama by simply omitting the rum and coconut rum from the recipe. You can replace the alcohol with additional juice or flavored syrups to give the drink a similar taste.

What type of glass is typically used for serving a Bahama Mama?

The Bahama Mama is traditionally served in a tall glass, such as a hurricane glass or a highball glass. These types of glasses allow plenty of room for ice and the layered ingredients, and the long shape helps to keep the drink cool.

What are some good garnishes for it?

Pineapple wedges, cherries, and other tropical fruits are all great options for garnishing a Bahama Mama. You can also add a slice of lime or a sprig of mint for a touch of color and flavor. The garnish can be customized to suit individual taste preferences.

Is it  a strong drink? 

The strength of the Bahama Mama depends on the amount and type of rum used. Typically, it is a fairly strong cocktail due to the inclusion of two different types of rum. However, the sweetness of the fruit juices and grenadine can make it seem less potent.

Can I use light rum instead of dark rum in it?

Yes, you can use light rum instead of dark rum if you prefer a lighter, milder flavor. However, the dark rum is traditional in a Bahama Mama and gives the drink a more complex, rich flavor.

Can I make a pitcher of it for a party?

Yes, you can easily make a pitcher of Bahama Mamas by scaling up the recipe and mixing the ingredients in a large container or pitcher. This is a great option for parties or gatherings where you want to serve a crowd.

Old Fashioned Cocktails- Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Typical tropical flavor cocktail, refreshing, fruity, full of sea air. The same as Mai Tai, Zombie, and the same as TiKi style cocktails. Like the taste of juice, allowing people to drink without feeling too much sense of alcohol, but the alcohol content is not low, it's easy to let your guard down and drink too much!


  • ½ oz dark rum
  • ½ oz malibu liqueur
  • ¼ oz 151cubita rum
  • 1 bar spoon of red grenadine syrup
  • 1 bar spoon of coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 cup of crushed ice


Pour dark rum, malibu liqueur, 151cubita rum, grenadine syrup, coffee liqueur, orange juice, and pineapple juice into a shaker with ice. Shake until the top of the shaker is frosty and pour into an ice-filled Colin or Hurricane glass.

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About Robin Lee

Robin is author, photographer, and cocktail enthusiast. He has a passion for life, love of mixology, and enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Robin’s cocktails are both visually stunning and bursting with flavor. He’s always pushing the boundaries of mixology and loves to experiment with unique ingredients and techniques. With Robin’s guidance, you can learn the art of mixology and create cocktails that are sure to impress.

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