Bahama Mama

Last August when Mark and I got married we really wanted to have two specialty cocktails at our wedding receptions instead of just an open bar. I spent weeks trying to pick out which drinks we were going to have. I poured over website after website trying to find a drink that I knew would appear to the general masses. I had already picked out the first drink, which was going to be a Strawberry Long Island Iced Tea and all I had left to do was to find the second drink. In addition to the rest of the wedding planing needless to say I was getting quite stressed. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding will know what I am talking about it!

One day, while Mark and I were out at dinner with my parents and some of their friends we got talking about a recent trip to the Bahama’s they had all gone on. In each and every story one drink kept coming up in their conversation — the famous Bahama Mama!  After asking one of my Mom’s friend, Linda, what was in the drink and how to make it — I knew instantly that this would make the perfect second drink at our reception.

We received so many compliments on our choice of specialty drinks. At the end of the day this is the perfect drink for a party, BBQ, summertime — well, really — ANYTIME!


Bahama Mama
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1 1/2 ounce Malibu Rum
1  1/2 ounce Captain Morgan
1 1/2 ounces Orange Juice
2 2/1 ounces Pineapple Juice
1-2 tablespoons of Grenadine
1/4 cup Ice

Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake till well mixed. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange or pineapple wedge.

Source: adapted slightly from Linda Carey.

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