Bahama mama — fruity cocktail delight with a tiki touch

Bahama Mama — Fruity cocktail delight with a tiki touch

The Bahama Mama tastes wonderfully fruity and evokes memories of exotic vacations whenever it is consumed. But it is also a pretty strong drink because of the strong presence of rum and liqueur in the recipe.

When was the Bahama Mama invented?

The cocktail was created sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s when the trend for tiki drinks was at its peak. Today, the cocktail is even considered the national drink of the Bahamas.

Tiki cocktails are fruity-sweet rum-based drinks. The story begins in the 1930s, when people of the United States became interested in the origins of surfing. This activity had just become fashionable at the time.

As a result, everything that was somehow Polynesian became immediately trendy. Tiki bars sprang up everywhere like mushrooms. Many Tiki cocktails were created during this time as well. Some of the most famous examples of this are the Singapore Sling, the Mai Tai, and the Zombie.

Now you can mix yourself a wonderfully delicious Bahama Mama. As with many other easily prepared cocktails, there are also a lot of different recipes for this drink. You can experiment with the individual ingredients and adjust them to your liking.

The Rise Of The Bahama Mama → Scrubs

The Bahama Mama gained popularity thanks to the TV series Scrubs. But this show generally showed a variety of bizarre drinks, which were drunk with joy by the protagonists.

The Bahama Mama was portrayed as former chief medical officer Bob Kelso’s favorite drink. No one knows how exactly the fruity drink came about. But does that even matter? Because this delicious cocktail will definitely grow on you, regardless of its origins.

Bahama Mama

Bahama mama
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The Bahama Mama consists of equal parts of white and dark rum. Add coconut liqueur, orange and pineapple juice, Angostura, and grenadine syrup. Mix the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain the drink into a highball glass.
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Preparation time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 3 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Category: Fancy Drinks, Fruity, Highball, Tiki-Cocktail
Origin: Bahamas
Keywords: Angostura, Coconut liqueur, Dark rum, Grenadine, Pineapple juice, White rum
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke



  • 2 cl white rum
  • 2 cl dark rum
  • 3 cl coconut liqueur
  • 5 cl orange juice
  • 7 cl pineapple juice
  • 3 dashes Angostura
  • 1 cl grenadine


  • Mix all ingredients together with ice in a shaker.
  • Then pour it through the strainer into the glass.
  • Finally, you can garnish the cocktail with lemon slices, pineapple rings, or a cocktail cherry.


Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Proof: 10.9% vol
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Our tips and tricks for a perfect Bahama Mama

Since no bartender has ever claimed credit for inventing the Bahama Mama, there is no original recipe to follow. That is why most bartenders mix the drink according to their own preferences. Sometimes there is more rum than liqueur, and sometimes it is the other way around.

The orange and pineapple juice ratio as well solely depends on the preference of the person who is mixing the drink.

When garnishing the Bahama Mama, you can let your imagination run wild. Since you are dealing with a Tiki cocktail, you can go all out and decorate it however you like. Most bars serve this cocktail with a lemon wedge or a Maraschino cherry. You can do better than that: How about some coconut shavings and a kiwi slice? Why not try adding a strawberry?

The question of which glass to use does not really come up with this rum cocktail. Still, you should use the highball glass due to its ability to fit the whole cocktail.

But it is no mistake if you decide to enjoy the cocktail from an XL martini glass or another super fancy glass.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of
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