The Bahama Mama is made of two types of rum, coffee liqueur, coconut liqueur, and lemon and pineapple juices. The ingredient amounts are 1/2 ounce each of dark rum and coconut liqueur plus 1/4 ounce each of coffee liqueur and high-proof rum topped off with pineapple and lemon juices.
Though its origins are not clear, the drink likely originated in the Bahamas, as its name indicates. It's thought that the drink may be tied to prohibition and the role of the Bahamas as a location for smuggling alcohol. Although the Bahama Mama is sometimes served frozen, it is most frequently shaken and poured over ice. It is sometimes served inside a coconut. Variations of the drink include the addition of grenadine and garnishes, such as cherries, oranges or strawberries.
The Bahamas are a popular vacation destination that are the presumed home of several cocktails that pay homage to rum. Rum is made from the sugar cane plant, which accounts for a large part of the economy in the Bahamas. The molasses that results from the processing of sugar cane is fermented and then distilled to produce rum. Rum is the top liquor that is both sold and consumed in the Caribbean region.