July 10, 2022| By

Bahama Mama

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
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Bahama Mama is a fun, fruity rum-based cocktail made with tropical flavors like coconut, pineapples, and orange, with a splash of grenadine. You may not be on an island but after one sip of this sweet punch, you will be in tropical bliss!

Make it a happy hour with more delicious tropical drinks like this refreshing Mango Mojito or these tangy-sweet Grapefruit Margaritas!

two bahama mamas on a brown serving tray with a pineapple.
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If you love a tropical cocktail, you will immediately be transported to a beautiful sunny island with this Bahama Mama drink recipe. Dip your feet in the warm sand and grab your hurricane glass, it's time to enjoy a piece of the tropics in your very own home.

It's the perfect way to enjoy a summer cocktail no matter the season. Besides, after a long day, who doesn't want something bright and sunny to sip on?

This fruity rum drink is perfectly balanced with the flavors of coconut, pineapple, oranges, lemon, and lime. It is sweet, smooth, lush, and downright delicious! Skip the store bought mix, simply add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and you're all done.

an up close photo of a glass filled with a Bahama mama cocktail.


Bahama Mamas are a rum-forward cocktail that's so popular that even chain restaurants like Applebee's and Red Lobster are cashing in. Learn how to make this bar favorite at home and you can make them whenever you have a taste for it!

Frozen or on the rocks, whatever your personal preference may be, this Bahama Mama drink recipe is the perfect beachy drink.

What is a Bahama Mama?

The Bahama Mama is a classic tiki-style cocktail. Tiki drinks include light or dark rum (sometimes both), flavored syrup like grenadine, and fruit juices. This vacation drink was made popular in the Bahamas in the 1950s.

Bahama Mama Ingredients

  • Coconut Rum: If you want that tropical flavor, you can't skip this. It adds that coconut flavoring that makes you feel like you're right on the beach. Because they range in sweetness and alcohol amount, pick your favorite.
  • Dark Rum: Aged and full of flavor, this slightly spicy addition balances out the sweetness of some of the other Bahama Mama Ingredients.
  • Grenadine: A splash of this pomegranate-based syrup results in a beautiful rosy tint and sweetness.
  • Pineapple Juice: Use 100% juice for the best results in this Bahama Mama cocktail.
  • Orange Juice: For a nice smooth texture, opt for pulp-free. Fresh is always best!
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: This version includes soda because I love a little fizz in my beverages. Just a splash!
  • Garnish: A pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry are the perfect additions to your Bahama Mama.

How to Make a Bahama Mama

Firstly, fill a tall glass with ice. Then add coconut rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda. 

Finally, add ice and garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherries. 


Make a Frozen Bahama Mama

Who doesn't love a fruity frozen treat? This drink will go a lot further if you throw it into a blender with some crushed ice.

Sipping on a frozen bahama mama always reminds me of vacation drinks. I'm long overdue for some r&r!

an up close photo of a glass filled with a Bahama mama cocktail.

More Variations

What is in a Bahama Mama? Over the years there have been many variations of the Bahama Mama recipe. There are so many ways to make this drink. Let's get the creative juices flowing!

  • Classic: The original recipe for Bahama Mamas are made with coffee liqueur. It may seem off but the combination really works! Coffee adds roasted notes and brings more dimension to this tropical punch.
  • Mocktail: A non-alcoholic option is great for parties. Simply leave out the rum to make this a virgin Bahama Mama. Then add simple syrup and more juice or soda, to replace it.
  • Layered: Make the beverage even more irresistible by making it a gradient that resembles the perfect sunset. The grenadine should go in the bottom of the glass. Then mix the other liquids before adding them to the cup. It's that simple to make this cool ombre effect!
bahama mama cocktail on a brown tray with sliced lemons and limes

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one bahama mama in a glass garnished with a tiny umbrella and maraschino cherries.

Bahama Mama

Bahama Mama is a fun, fruity rum-based cocktail made with tropical flavors like coconut, pineapples, and orange, with a splash of grenadine. You may not be on an island but after one sip of this sweet punch, you will be in tropical bliss!
Serving: 1
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Calories: 296kcal

Equipment

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Jigger optional
  • Cocktail Stirrer optional

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Coconut Rum
  • 1 oz Dark Rum
  • ½ oz Grenadine 
  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • ½ oz Lemon Lime Soda or Lemon Juice
  • Pineapple wedge (garnish)
  • Cherries (garnish)

Directions

  • Add ice to a tall glass and add coconut rum, dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and lemon lime soda. 
  • Add grenadine and garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherries. 

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Notes

  • To make a big batch, multiply the ingredients by the amount of people you are serving. Add ingredients to a pitcher and mix together. Add ice just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 116IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktails

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  1. 5 stars
    This was a huge hit! I made a couple and had to turn around and make a big batch! And now I can't wait to make it again!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for a girls night in, and let me tell you...no one could tell us we weren't on the beach in some tropical paradise! This was such a banger! Definitely making again!

  3. 5 stars
    I can't drink enough rum punches when I'm on vacation so it's odd I'd never made them at home until now. Your version was mouth-watering good - I'm going to mix up another batch next weekend!

  4. 5 stars
    My new favorite cocktail! I had a similar drink at a water park resort a while back and have been trying to replicate it ever since. This recipe is spot on and exactly what I was looking for. So fruity and full of flavor! I only had coconut rum but next time I make it I am going to use both the coconut and the dark rum. Thank you for an amazing recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    I made this Bahama Mama cocktail with artisanal rum I picked up on our last trip to Puerto Rico and it was the best. I can't wait to make this for our winter luau.

  6. 5 stars
    Britney's recipes are always so thoughtfully done! This Bahama Mama recipe has been a favorite in my household since she first posted it, and after this last time making it, I had to come BACK and rate it again because it's so refreshing and tart and PERFECT!

  7. 5 stars
    I love a sweet and fruity drink and this was perfect. I made a big batch and had some with family. I’ll be saving this recipe for my bday next week too.