Goombay Smash Cocktail, Perfect for Summertime Sipping
We are addicted to the Bahamas – the islands, the culture, the people, the laid back island vibe, and of course, the drinks. Each island has its version of the Goombay Smash. But when you visit Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos – a magical destination that we have to visit on every Bahamas boat trip – a must-stop is Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar.
History of the Goombay Smash
Once you arrive on Green Turtle Cay, head into the town of New Providence. Golf carts are the preferred method of getting around the island, and you can rent them at several places on the island. Miss Emily's Blue Bee Bar is on the right-hand side of the road heading into town, and is a bright blue clapboard house – you cannot miss it!
Despite the damage and devastation that hurricane Dorian rained down on the Abacos in 2019, Miss Emily's is damaged, but it is still standing. The islands are still rebuilding almost a year later, but they are open for visitors. COVID-19 closed the Bahamas down, but reopening will happen July 1, 2020. If you plan to visit the Bahamas, consider the Abacos – there are flights available, and they could use some more funds for continued recovery from Dorian's 2019 havoc.
The story is told that back in the day Miss Emily was playing dominoes with some friends at the bar when she created the Goombay Smash. Together with her friend and cocktail taster Brendal Stevens, they named the tropical drink “Goombay Smash.” No one outside of the family knows the true recipe for the Goombay Smash, but Jim and I got this Goombay Smash cocktail recipe from a local bartender on Green Turtle who gave us her secret recipe. Miss Emily's version has a secret ingredient, but no one except the family knows that secret ingredient!
The Goombay Smash is a Refreshing Summertime Sip
Summer has finally arrived, and we're planning our socially distanced appropriate gatherings. The Goombay Smash is a staple cocktail, whether we are boating through the islands, or sippin' around the pool. It's so easy, and is an instant hit at summer gatherings, or just relaxing outside on a weekend.
With just the right tartness, balanced with the sweetness of coconut, the Goombay Smash cocktail is the perfect cocktail for summertime sipping. However, because this is one cocktail that goes down so easily, you might find yourself a bit too relaxed.
How to Build the Perfect Goombay Smash Cocktail
1 oz. Malibu Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur
1 oz. Captain Morgan Caribbean White Rum
(1 oz. Captain Morgan Dark Spiced Rum- OPTIONAL)
1/2 oz. Apricot Brandy
2 oz. DOLE Pineapple Juice (don't cut corners here – Dole Pineapple Juice is what Miss Emily's uses)
2 oz. Orange Juice
Put all in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake 15-20 times
Pour into a short glass, add desired garnish – pineapple or orange slices, or a spring of rosemary make festive garnishes, and enjoy!
Check out our Goombay Smash how-to video:
Don't miss a taste of the Bahamas with a refreshing Goombay Smash, the official drink of the islands. You'll be dreaming of beautiful turquoise water, sparkling white beaches, and the rustling sound of the soft ocean breeze through the coconut trees.