Our Favorite Bahamian Cocktails
There’s nothing quite like enjoying a refreshing cocktail while you soak up the beautiful Caribbean sunshine. On the other hand, it is just as enjoyable fixing yourself a drink and sitting by the fire. Regardless of where you are, there is a Bahamian cocktail for every occasion and every climate. Just because you can’t come to the Bahamas right now, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an authentic experience with a Bahamas tour operator. On our virtual Bahamas tours, our local cooks and culture guides show guests how to make their own traditional Bahamian food as well as some of our favorite cocktails. If you’re curious about what kind of cocktails the Bahamas is known for, then look no further!
Bahamian cocktails are known for their tropical ingredients and rum, an extremely popular drink across Central America and the Caribbean often makes an appearance in the ingredients list. The tropical climate of the Bahamas is perfect for growing tropical varieties of fruits, with guava, papaya, lemons, limes, and pineapple just to name a few. These bright and juicy fruits are the perfect accompaniments to strong liquors, which tend to make our Bahamian cocktails a little bit dangerous for the unaccustomed. While sipping a tropical beverage on a Bahamian beach is fairly unbeatable, our favorites are ideal for an after-work drink at the end of a long week or even a casual Sunday afternoon treat while savoring the final hours of the weekend bliss.
Rum & The Bahamas
Many people associate alcohol in The Bahamas with rum and there are a variety of reasons for this. Rum has a long-standing history on the islands. It was first distilled during the 17th century from sugarcane in the island of the Caribbean like Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba and Trinidad where there were large plantations, which remained one of the region’s most exported agricultural products. It was a part of the Pirate era. But rum only really rose to prominence in The Bahamas during the prohibition era in the United States. Thanks to the proximity of The Bahamas with Florida, a culture of “rum-running” became a very profitable business. Since then, The Bahamas and much of the Caribbean have become renowned for their rums, with spiced rum having now become particularly popular. The Bacardi Family moved their distillery to The Bahamas in 1959 after the Cuban changed government and their holdings were confiscated.
The first and most essential Bahamian cocktail is the Goombay Smash. This beverage is a treat of tropical punch flavors, with coconut and pineapple being the real stars of the show as well as rum, of course, and apricot brandy. Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar on the Abaco islands was the inventor of this delightful drink and they have kept the ingredients a secret ever since. If you’re wondering what to do in the Bahamas and you’re on the Abaco Islands, this is a must-try!
The Bahama Mama is a fruity sensation, containing white rum, coconut rum, and grenadine, with cherry, lemon, orange, and pineapple juice. This is a favorite at summer parties thanks to its sweet taste, transporting any taster straight to their island paradise.
Unlike the first two choices, Gully Wash provides a creamy cocktail experience. The drink is a mix of gin, fresh coconut water, and sweetened condensed milk mixed together and garnished with nutmeg and cinnamon. The smoothness of this cocktail makes it ideal for both winter and summer, not that the temperature ever drops too low in The Bahamas!
The Yellow Bird is the Bahamian answer to the martini. With a blend of white rum, Galleano, triple sec, and lime juice, this one packs a punch! The acidic lime juice cuts through the strong liqueurs for a drink that goes down surprisingly well. Just be sure to sip this one.
The List Goes On
There are a thousand and one delicious drink options in The Bahamas, with new recipes and flavors being discovered every other day. On our virtual island hopping experience, you have the opportunity to make your own crafty cocktail before we transport you around various islands. The tour will have you forgetting that you’re still home and leave you dreaming of your next Bahamian getaway. One of the best things to do on Grand Bahama Island without having to worry about traveling here. If you’re curious to find out more, check out our other blogs or don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.