Bahama Mama is said to be named after Dottie Lee Anderson, a Caribbean dancer and entertainer who went by the stage name “Bahama Mama” in the 1930s. Another claim is that this cocktail gained popularity during Revolution since the Bahamas were employed as a rum smuggling base. While there are several ideas as to how this drink evolved, no one knows which is correct.
This cocktail is made with rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine (to make it red) and ice. It can be served in a highball glass over ice cubes or blended.
1 ½ ounces rum
1 ounce coconut rum
2 ounces orange juice
2 ounces pineapple juice
½ ounce lemon juice
1½ ounce grenadine syrup
½ tsp bitters
1. Combine the rum, juice and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Shake the ingredients and strain them into an ice-filled Collins glass.
3. Top it off with grenadine and garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange twist.
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