What Flavor Is A Classic Bahama Mama?

Bahama Mamas are tasty tropical cocktails that, as you can probably guess, originated in the Caribbean country, the Bahamas. This cocktail, despite containing alcohol, tastes more like juice than like liquor.

The reason behind this is that the Bahama Mama contains several different types of fruit juices, giving it a sweet flavor and a tropical taste. You'll pick up on notes of pineapple, orange, and coconut if you try this drink. That's often thanks to orange and pineapple juices, as well as coconut rum. Plus, these drinks are usually topped with a maraschino cherry which gives them a sweet, amaretto flavor.

Besides its unique flavor, however, Bahama Mamas have an interesting backstory. Here's what to know about the history of the Bahama Mama. Then, once you've learned about how the cocktail came to be, keep reading for a tasty recipe to help you whip up a Bahama Mama of your own at home.

Who invented the Bahama Mama?

The history behind the Bahama Mama is shrouded in mystery, as no one knows exactly who first created this drink. One man who has claimed to be the drink's inventor is a man called Oswald Greenslade. Greenslade was a local bartender in Nassau, Bahamas, who claimed to have invented more than a thousand recipes, one of which was the Bahama Mama. Still, Greenslade supposedly invented the Bahama Mama in the '60s, despite the fact that the drink had been popular long before that.

It's not just the drink's creator that's up for debate, either — there are also a few theories as to how the Bahama Mama got its name. Some people say that the drink was named after a Bahamian slang word for rum. Others say that the drink's name comes from the Prohibition era, since the Bahamas was a rum-smuggling base and the drink was popular at that time.

Still others claim that the Bahama Mama was named after a popular dancer named Dottie Lee Anderson, who many people called Bahama Mama. Anderson was active in the 1930s, right around the time this drink is thought to have been made. So, perhaps she was the inspiration.

How to make your own Bahama Mama

Regardless of what the history behind the Bahama Mama is, this is a great cocktail that's relatively easy to make. To mix a proper Bahama Mama, you'll need to grab a tall glass. In terms of ingredients, you'll need a cup of crushed ice, 1 ounce each of orange juice and pineapple juice, and ½ an ounce each of rum, coconut rum, and grenadine syrup.

With your ingredients in hand, you're ready to get mixing. Start by filling your glass with the crushed ice. Then, pour in the orange juice, pineapple juice, and both rums. Finish by pouring in the grenadine syrup. If you want to get extra fancy, you can garnish the glass with a maraschino cherry or a pineapple slice.

For a fun, frozen twist on this recipe, you can always blend the ingredients instead. Your drink will have a different color and will be more like an alcoholic slushie, but it's another great way to enjoy the Bahama Mama.