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Bahama Mama

This icy cold Bahama Mama summer cocktail combines fresh fruit flavors with smooth, light rum! Enjoy the tropical flavors of orange, pineapple, coconut, and grenadine mixed perfectly in this refreshing drink.

A well-known Caribbean cocktail known as the Bahama Mama

I love enjoying a tropical cocktail on the porch or poolside on vacation. Picture coming home from a long day of work, mixing up a Bahama Mama for you and your partner, and letting the day’s worries melt away. It sounds like a little piece of heaven to me!


An ice cold cocktail made of rum, orange and pineapple juices.

Where did the name “Bahama Mama” come from?

I love that cocktails have such creative names. The origins of this one are a bit murky, but it originated in the Bahamas, which is famous for rum. This fruity cocktail seems mostly designed for tourists; in fact, many natives Bahamians consider it far too sweet.

Ingredients for a Bahama Mama

What do I need to make a Bahama Mama cocktail?

This sweet drink can pack a punch due to the multiple types of rum. Here’s what you’ll need to make two of these at home:

  • ½ teaspoon grenadine syrup (or more to taste)
  • 5 cups of crushed ice, divided
  • 8 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 2 ounces of coconut rum
  • 2 ounces of light rum (or you can use dark if you prefer)
  • Garnish ideas: pineapple wedge, orange slices, cherries
The final pour of a tropical cocktail over grenadine.

Is light rum or dark rum better for this recipe?

You can use either rum according to your taste preferences. Some recipes call for a little of both! I used light rum in this recipe, but you can use whichever one you like.

Process Shots for making a Bahama Mama cocktail.

How to make a Bahama Mama

This recipe will make two cocktails.

  1. Pour a splash of grenadine (about ¼ teaspoon) into each 16-ounce hurricane glass or other tall glass. Fill each one about ¾ of the way with ice.
  2. Place the remaining ice into a cocktail shaker. Add the remaining ingredients into the shaker as well, then close and shake vigorously.
  3. Divide the cocktail mix evenly into the two hurricane glasses. Garnish each with a pineapple wedge and enjoy! You can also use maraschino cherries and orange slices as a garnish. Or, drop a cherry into the bottom of the glass before pouring the cocktail over it for an extra cherry kick.
Bahama Mama cocktail

How to make a non-alcoholic version

It’s always nice to know how to make non-alcoholic drinks for guests who want fun and flavor without the alcohol!

To make a non-alcoholic Bahama Mama, leave out the rum. Add some coconut syrup or cream so you still get that tropical flavor.

Can I make this in a larger batch?

Yes, this recipe can be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. Serve the cocktail mix in a large pitcher and use individual glasses filled with ice. Don’t forget the grenadine!

Can I make a frozen Bahama Mama?

Yes, this drink tastes fantastic as a frozen cocktail! Check out my recipe for that here. It’s the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day!

Pineapple wedges decorate the rim of a tropical cocktail.

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An ice cold cocktail made of rum, orange and pineapple juices.

Keep the tropical feeling going with these delicious recipes

If you love the flavors of orange, pineapple, and coconut, you’ll devour these treats!

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Grenadine, pineapple and orange juice and rums make this amazing Caribbean cocktail.




Keep an eye out for more of my easy recipes each week!

An ice cold cocktail made of rum, orange and pineapple juices.


Bahama Mama

This icy cold Bahama Mama summer cocktail combines fresh fruit flavors with smooth, light rum! Enjoy the tropical flavors of orange, pineapple, coconut, and grenadine mixed perfectly in this refreshing drink.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Frozen Bahama Mama
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 221kcal
Author Lynne Feifer


  • ½ teaspoon grenadine syrup or more
  • 5 cups crushed ice divided
  • 8 ounces pineapple juice
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 2 ounces light rum (dark is fine too)

Garnish Ideas

  • pineapple wedge, orange slice, cherry


  • Pour ¼ teaspoon grenadine into each 16-ounce hurricane glass. Fill about ¾ high with ice.
  • Place the remaining ice in a cocktail shaker, add ingredients, and shake vigorously.
  • Pour into the glasses, garnish with a pineapple wedge, and enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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