Planning a trip to the Bahamas? Here are 5 drinks you must try

Whether for business or pleasure, a trip to the Bahamas is sure to include some fun times over a drink.

Over the decades that the Bahamas archipelago has been a tourist hotspot, several drinks have been created to capture and attract foreigners and locals alike.

If a trip to the Bahamas is on your cards, here are five drinks you need to try while you’re on the islands.

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Goombai Smash

Emily Cooper, aka Miss Emily, created this drink at Blue Bee Bar in New Plymouth, Bahamas. People come from all over the world to try this drink at its birthplace. The original recipe for Goombay Smash, also called Gully Wow or Sky Juice, remains a family secret, but has been recreated with pineapple juice, orange juice, coconut flavored rum and two scoops tablespoons light, golden and dark rum. The drink is garnished with pineapple wedges and orange slices.

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Bahama Mama

Since the 1950s, Bahamians and tourists have been consuming and loving Bahama Mama. Bahama Mama’s exact origins are unclear, but Bahamian bartender Oswald “Slade” Greenslade claims to have created this cocktail while working at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Bahama Mama is a combination of dark rum, coconut rum, banana liqueur, grenadine, lemon-lime soda, pineapple juice and orange juice.

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rum punch

One of the most popular Bahamian cocktails is Rum Punch. The date of creation of this drink is unknown, but it uses one of the main export rums of the Bahamas. There is no list of ingredients or ratios, as each bartender or resort has its own unique blend of specialties. The most common ingredients are a mixture of rum, grenadine syrup, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice and a pinch of nutmeg.

Kalik beer

Cocktails aren’t the only drinks born in the Bahamas. Kalik beer, which was first introduced in 1992, is a favorite among Bahamians after a hard day’s work or spending time with friends and family. There are five variations of the beer which include a lime flavor and a radler. On average, beer contains five percent alcohol.

Beer of the sands

Since 2007, Bahamians have loved Sands Beer. Sands Beer comes in three varieties: light, regular and Pink Radler Grapefruit. Norwegian Cruise Line recommended the drink to its passengers as they noted, “This beer is refreshing, but not filling, and it’s light and smooth enough to pair well with almost any type of food.”

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