5 o’clock Bahamian Cocktails

5 o’clock Bahamian Cocktails

What do you do once your private charter brings you back home and you are no longer living on island time, sipping drinks by a palm tree on a private island in The Bahamas? Well, we all know how the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet lyrics go… “It’s only half past twelve but I don’t care, it’s five o’clock somewhere”.


To help you reexperience your Bahamian getaway, we have compiled the recipes for three of the top island cocktails so that you may travel back to island time.


Yellow Bird

The Yellow Bird cocktail is renowned across the Bahamian Islands. What originated as an 1883 Haitian Creole poem about a woman named Choucoune, then was turned into a song by an English songwriter. Yellow Bird was then transformed into the refreshing drink with blends of rum and yellow citrus fruits as it is known today.

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  • 1/2oz Lime Juice
  • 1/2oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2oz Galliano
  • 1oz White Rum



Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.


 Goombay Smash

This tropical Caribbean cocktail comes with a story of its own. The recipe itself has remained a family secret since the 1960’s when it was invented by Emily Cooper on Green Turtle Cay. The original version can only be made at Little Blue Bee Bar where it is shaken inside a one-gallon plastic bottle, however, that doesn’t have to stop you from giving this delicious drink a try on your own.

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  • 1oz Pale Rum
  • 1oz Coconut Rum
  • 2oz Pineapple Juice
  • 2oz Orange Juice
  • Dash of Grenadine Syrup



Combine ingredients together and shake or stir based on preference. Pour over ice to serve.


Sky Juice

Also referred to as Gully Wash, this is a creamy cocktail that originated in the Bahamas. The combination of gin, sweet condensed milk, and coconut water creates varying levels of sweetness mixed together with nutmeg and cinnamon. Sky Juice was created by bartenders at Goldie’s Conch House and is typically served over ice.

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  • 6oz Fresh Coconut Water
  • 2oz Gin
  • 1oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Pinch Ground Nutmeg



Add fresh coconut water, gin, and sweetened condensed milk into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly. Pour over ice and top with a pinch of ground nutmeg.


No matter which drinks you try, we are sure it will remind you of paradise on a private Bahamian island and have you longing for your next private getaway!