Bahama Mama – Oswald Greenslade’s Caribbean Cocktail Recipe

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The History Of The Bahama Mama

The Bahama Mama is not just a cocktail that gets you thrown out of an Applebees for disorderly conduct. It’s actually a unique and tasty Caribbean cocktail. The only person who claims to have invented the Bahama Mama was Caribbean bartender Oswald Greenslade in his 2012 Cocktail book “One More Cocktail: A Guide to Making Bahamian Cocktails” Oswald Greenslade’s website says didn’t start his bartending career until 1961 but the Bahama Mama was already a known drink by the 1950s. So chances are he didn’t actually invent it, but this may still be the closest we have to an early 1950s Caribbean recipe.

Bahama Mama Variations

There are as many Bahama Mama variations as there are Bahama Mamas. there are some that look like tequila sunrises, some that are grapefruit based, orange based, passion fruit, etc and they come in all colors. There is nothing to say this is the definitive recipe but Oswald Greenslade is the only one I can find who lays claim to having the authentic recipe/ inventing it. Most likely thought there is no singular authentic recipe and there maybe never was.


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Bahama Mama – Oswald Greenslade’s Caribbean Cocktail Recipe

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Learn how to make a Bahama Mama.


  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 1/3 oz Coffee Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz Coconut Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz 151

  • 1 oz Black Rum


  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass filled with ice.


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