Blissful & Beachy Bahama Mama Recipe

Need a dose of island vibes? The Bahama mama recipe will transport you to a sunny, sandy beach with just a sip.

Updated February 6, 2024
Bahama Mama cocktail

Whether it's the dead of winter or a sunny summer day, we can't ever think of a time when a trip to the Bahamas doesn't sound appealing. But even if you can't go right now, the Bahama mama cocktail can transport you to its balmy beaches.  

How to Make a Bahama Mama Cocktail

Sweet and sunny — that's how the Bahama mama tastes. It's the perfect drink poolside or sitting on your couch looking at the snow and dreaming of sunnier days. 


  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1½ ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, coconut rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into hurricane or highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Related: Tropical Beach Drinks to Sip by the Water

Variations and Substitutions

Most tropical cocktails have more than one recipe floating around the cocktail world, so any of these will work wonderfully for your own Bahama mama recipe. Any of these swaps will get you to island time in no time.

  • Some recipes call for coffee liqueur for a more decadent, complex tropical cocktail. You can add up to a half-ounce of coffee liqueur, and you can even make your own instead of heading to the liquor store.
  • Play around with the ratio between coconut rum and dark rum to find your ideal balance.
  • Skip the orange juice and use only pineapple juice, or use only orange juice.
  • If you don't want the sweetness of grenadine, you can also use tart cherry juice.
  • Instead of lime juice, consider lime cordial.
  • Add a splash or two of banana liqueur.


Whether you want a simple garnish or something screamingly over the top for your Bahama Mama drink recipe, these will get you started.

  • Emphasize those tropical vibes by using chunks of pineapple or even mango slices for a garnish.
  • A dehydrated citrus wheel will create an even more modern look for this tropical drink.
  • Alternate cocktail cherries with a lemon or orange ribbon on a cocktail pick for a colorful look.
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut over top of the drink, or use with other garnishes, too.

Vaycay in a Glass

If you can't hop on a plane bound for a tropical beach, a Bahama mama is the next best thing. Luckily, you'll likely have most of the Bahama mama ingredients on hand. With those dewy citrus flavors and sunny rum, you can close your eyes and feel the sun on your face without ever leaving your home.

Blissful & Beachy Bahama Mama Recipe