Journey to the tropics with our Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe.
This blissful blend of tropical rum, coconut rum, grenadine, and mixed fruit juices creates a flavorful beachside experience that’s just a sip away.
Imagine the warm sand between your toes, the sound of ocean waves, the gentle rustle of palm leaves, and a hurricane glass filled with a Bahama Mama in your hand…
So grab your cocktail shaker, and let’s make some tropical cocktails!
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Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe
Let’s head to the Caribbean beaches of the Bahamas with a Bahama Mama Cocktail!
The origins of the Bahama Mama are sketchy, but it’s likely to have been invented in the 1960s by Oswald “Slade” Greenslade, a Bahamian bartender working in the Nassau Beach Hotel.
The Bahama Mama is a rum-forward cocktail, typically made with dark or regular rum, coconut-flavored rum, grenadine, and fruit juices.
In our version of the fruity rum drink, tropical-flavored rum and coconut rum are mixed with grenadine syrup, cranberry, and orange juices.
If you love rum cocktails, you will love trying more of our Summer Rum Cocktails!
Making This Popular Cocktail Is Easy!
Making this Bahama Mama drink is simple—place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it up to mix those beautiful flavors, and serve in ice-filled glasses garnished an orange slice
The tropical Bahama Mama is a brilliant choice for so many occasions.
Its alluring flavors can transport you and your guests to a beach vacation state of mind, making the Bahama Mama Cocktail the star of your next party!
Reasons Why You’ll Love the Bahama Mama Cocktail
- It’s an easy-to-make cocktail that offers an instant tropical vibe, whisking your senses straight to a faraway beach.
- Its versatile flavors can be tailored to your personal preference—check our variation section for ideas.
- Refreshing for a hot summer day—make a single drink for yourself, or make a large batch when serving guests.
- With its vibrant color, the cocktail tastes great and is a visual treat for the eyes.
Ingredients & Equipment For Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe
Ingredients For Bahama Mama
- Tropical Rum
- Coconut Rum – such as Malibu
- Grenadine – pomegranate syrup
- Cranberry Juice
- Orange Juice
- For Garnish – Orange Slices, Fresh Mint
- This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker!
- Use a container with a tight-fitting lid—like a mason jar or the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
- Hurricane Glasses – or any kind of cocktail glasses you have.
- Cocktail Skewers – for skewering cherries and other cocktail fruit garnish.
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What Can I Serve With the Bahama Mama Cocktail?
- Garlic-Chili Swordfish with Grilled Pineapple and Papaya: The tropical flavors compliment the cocktail well.
- Coconut Shrimp: A delicious starter that pairs perfectly with the Bahama Mama.
- Mango Salsa with Tortilla Chips: The refreshing salsa mirrors the vibrant flavors in the cocktail.
More Rum Cocktails To Make
If you enjoy rum, you’re going to love making these cocktails:
Bahama Mama Variations
Here are some variations of the original recipe you might like to try.
Berry Bahama Mama: 2 parts Raspberry Rum, 1 part Coconut Rum, 2 parts cranberry juice, 1 part pineapple juice. Garnish with fresh raspberries and a lemon twist.
Tropical Bahama Mama: 2 parts Mango Rum, 1 part White Rum, 1 part orange juice, 2 parts tropical punch, and a splash of grenadine. Garnish with a mango slice and a maraschino cherry.
Citrus Bahama Mama: 2 parts Orange Rum, 1 part Dark Rum, 1 part grapefruit juice, 1 part orange juice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and a sprig of mint.
Coconut Bahama Mama: 2 parts Coconut Rum, 1 part Coconut Liqueur, 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part pomegranate juice. Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Spicy Bahama Mama: 2 parts Spiced Rum, 1 part Coconut Rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part orange juice, and a dash of hot sauce. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and a slice of jalapeño.
Bahama Melon Mama: 2 parts Melon Liqueur (like Midori), 1 part Light Rum, 1 part melon juice (honeydew or cantaloupe), 1 part pineapple juice. Garnish with a melon ball and a pineapple wedge.
Virgin Bahama Mama Mocktail (Non-Alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy a taste of the tropics, try our non-alcoholic option.
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed below instead of the alcoholic ones.
- Replace Tropical Rum with Tropical Fruit Juice
- Replace Coconut Rum with Coconut Syrup
I recommend adding the syrups to your taste as they may add the sweetness you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.
Bahama Mama Mocktails with Non-Alcoholic Spirits
For adults who would still like to enjoy the taste of alcohol in their mocktail, you could try non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the UK, try Lyre’s, which is also available on Amazon in the UK and Amazon.com.
Other brands include Strykk (UK) and Ritual (US & Canada). Non-alcoholic spirits are a growing trend, so be on the lookout in your local stores and online.
- Instead of Tropical Rum, use Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit.
- Instead of Coconut Rum, use Lyre’s White Cane Spirit
Follow the recipe card using the non-alcoholic alternatives listed above instead of the alcoholic ones.
Frozen Bahama Mama
Want to turn this tropical drink into a frozen slushie? Here’s how!
Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of ice – then blend till smooth.
Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!
You can do the same with the mocktail version too.
Big Batch Bahama Mamas
Want to make a big batch of Bahama Mama cocktails for a party or gathering? It’s easy – here’s how!
If you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct, and you can make as much as you need to.
To make tropical rum cocktails for a crowd, mix together:
- 2 parts Tropical Rum
- 1 part Coconut Rum
- 1½ parts Cranberry Juice
- 1½ parts Orange Juice
Serve the large batch cocktail in drinks dispensers or pitchers, or go retro and serve from a punch bowl! Use whichever container you have or suits the event you are hosting.
Add plenty of ice to your serving container to keep the cocktail chilled. Add some # in there too.
While it’s best to enjoy the cocktail fresh to savor its flavors, you may have some left at the end of your party—don’t let it go to waste!
- Transfer it to an airtight pitcher or container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
- Or, to make it last longer, turn it into Bahama Mama Granita!
- Granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. Originally from Sicily.
- Transfer the cocktail to a shallow freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 6 hours (or overnight). You can add some simple syrup or another sweetener if desired.
- Use a fork to break the frozen cocktail into small pieces. Serve and enjoy!
- Or pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
- Use the cocktail cubes to chill and flavor future cocktails without diluting the drink.
Setting Up Your Cocktail Bar
When setting up your cocktail bar or serving area, you could include the following:
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe Card
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- 4 oz Tropical Rum
- 2 oz Coconut Rum
- 1 oz Grenadine
- 3 oz Cranberry Juice
- 3 oz Orange Juice
- Orange Slices
- Mint Leaves
- Place the Tropical Rum, Coconut Rum, grenadine, cranberry, and orange juices into a large cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake well for 15-30 seconds to combine.
- Pour into two ice-filled glasses.
- Garnish with orange slices and mint leaves as desired. Cheers!
Dinner Party Menu Suggestions!
The beverage is covered, but what about the rest of the courses?
Here are additional recipes to create a menu for a dinner party or special meal:
- Appetizer: Mango Shrimp Cups
- Soup: Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup
- Salad: Tropical Rice Salad
- Main Dish: Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken
- Side Dish: Hawaiian Baked Beans
- Dessert: Mini Piña Colada Cheesecakes with Rum and Sweet Pineapple Topping
FAQ About Bahama Mama
Here are some questions people often ask about making Bahama Mamas
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The classic Bahama Mama recipe typically contains dark rum, light or coconut rum, grenadine,
orange juice, and pineapple juice. There are variations of the cocktail, which might include ingredients like a coffee liqueur or banana liqueur. And, of course, our recipe uses tropical rum and cranberry juice.
The exact origin of the name “Bahama Mama” is a bit murky. However, considering its tropical ingredients and flavor profile, it’s assumed that the name refers to the Bahamas and invokes images of a relaxed, Caribbean vibe. The term “mama” might suggest a comforting or nurturing quality, implying the drink is both delicious and satisfying. Whatever the origin, the Bahama Mama is one of the most popular vacation drinks.
A traditional Bahama Mama has a tropical taste due to the combination of rum and fruit juices. The dark rum provides a deep, molasses-like undertone, while the pineapple and orange juices give it a fruity sweetness. The grenadine offers a slight cherry note.
Like any alcoholic drink, a Bahama Mama can get you drunk if consumed excessively. Its alcohol content primarily comes from rum and liqueurs. Always drink responsibly and know your limits.
The exact alcohol content of a Bahama Mama can vary based on the recipe and the ingredient proportions. Generally, it contains both dark rum and coconut rum and sometimes even more varieties of rum or other liqueurs. If made according to standard recipes, it typically has a similar alcohol content to other cocktails.
A Mai Tai is a cocktail made with light and dark rums, lime juice, orange curaçao, and orgeat syrup. In contrast, a Bahama Mama is primarily flavored with dark and coconut rums, orange juice, pineapple juice, and grenadine.
Both the Bahama Mama and the piña colada are tropical drinks, but they have different ingredients. A piña colada is made with rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice, while a Bahama Mama includes a wider range of ingredients, including different types of rum and multiple fruit juices.
The Bahama Mama blends dark and coconut rums with tropical juices, sometimes enriched with liqueurs, presenting an orange-pinkish hue. In contrast, the Tequila Sunrise combines tequila with orange juice, distinguished by a grenadine layer that mimics a sunrise. Both use orange juice and grenadine but differ in flavor and primary spirits.
No, a traditional Bahama Mama is not spicy. It’s sweet and fruity. However, some variations or modern twists on the cocktail might introduce spicy elements.