The original Goombay Smash recipe is a secret, passed down from mother to daughter at Miss Emily’s Blue Bee bar in New Plymouth (Green Turtle Cay), Bahamas. As you can see from the photograph below, you might need to have a non-alcoholic alternative on hand, such as my Virgin Goombay Smash.

Meps at the Blue Bee Bar, drinking a Goombay Smash

At the Blue Bee, they serve this from plastic 1-gallon containers (similar to milk jugs). The recipe below, which is not the original but is smooth and strong and pretty authentic, makes one quart. Multiply the recipe by 4 to make a gallon for a party.

16 oz pineapple-orange juice
6 oz rum
8 oz Malibu coconut rum
2 oz apricot brandy

Shake well, serve over lots of ice.

For Barry’s 40th birthday party, a pirate-themed costume event, we made a variation of this and called it “grog.” Instead of 16 oz pineapple-orange juice, we used 8 oz orange juice and 8 oz mango-pineapple Hawaiian punch.

For that occasion, we multiplied the recipe by 16, and served it from 4 one-gallon milk-jugs, just as they do in Miss Emily’s.


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