An excellent day in the Bahamas requires three elements: beautiful sunshine, a dazzling beach, and a cold drink in your hand. While you’re whiling away your time on your favorite Bahamian island, consider making that cold drink a Goombay Smash. Made with dark rum and several fruit juices, this drink is a chilled tropical cocktail that will delight your taste buds and make you feel like a local.
Named the official Bahamian National Drink, the Goombay Smash combines the readily available tropical fruit from the island chain with the Bahamas’ most famous product, rum. These islands have a long history with the sugarcane-based liquor, as it was the islands’ main export during their plantation years. Rum runners were based out of the Bahamas during the American Prohibition, and they ferried rum barrels up to Florida to be distributed. Rum has also spawned an annual festival in the island chain and can be found everywhere from beachside bars to chic nightclubs.
If you’re itching to try one of these liquid masterpieces, the following are three bars that make for the perfect spot to take your first sip of your new favorite drink.
Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar
Start with the original! Miss Emily concocted this delicious drink back in the 1960s, putting her tiny blue bar on the map of locals and celebrities alike. Today, the Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar is run by Miss Emily’s daughter and offers a variety of traditional Caribbean foods to go along with your cocktail. Stay for the food, but lead with the Goombay Smash.
Tippy’s Restaurant and Beach Bar
Find a seat in one of the open-air gazebos right on the beachfront and sip your Goombay Smash as the sun goes down. If you want a meal to go with your cocktail, Tippy’s Restaurant and Beach Bar offers a selection of fresh seafood and daily specials.
Rock House Hotel
The house specialty here is a frozen version of the classic Bahamian drink. While it’s always tricky when you’re messing with a classic, the Rock House Hotel twist features a thick, frothy take that’s just as satisfying as the original.
Once you get a taste of the Goombay Smash, you won’t be able to resist trying your hand at making your own once you’ve returned home from the islands. Grab a beach buddy and whip together pineapple juice (6 tablespoons), orange juice (1/4 cup), coconut-flavored rum (1/4 cup), light and dark rum (2 tablespoons each), apricot rum (2 tablespoons), cherries, orange slices, and some ice. Mix all the liquids together, then pour over ice into a shaker. Shake the mixture until chilled, then strain into iced glasses. Garnish with some cherries and orange slices, and be instantly transported back to your favorite Bahamian bar the moment the first sip hits your lips. For an extra fun twist on the drink, serve in a hollowed-out pineapple or coconut with an umbrella and straw.