When you think about the Caribbean, you envision warm beaches, cool breezes and rum. With its increased popularity around the world, rum drinks are being exported from the tropics, and just not the pina colada. There are a number of great rum-based drinks, including the Mojito, Rum Punch and the Pain Killer. The Goombay Smash is a lesser know rum drink, but fits into this category and should be given its due.
The Goombay Smash was created by Miss Emily at the Blue Bee Bar in New Plymouth. The classic recipe is a secret but is believed to contain coconut rum, dirty rum, apricot brandy, and pineapple juice. Unfortunately, the only way to get the real thing is to head down to the Bahamas and hit the Blue Bee Bar.
The other issue is that depending on how you make the Goombay Smash, it could be very close to a Bahama Mama. The difference is that the Bahama Mama tends to be over the top, with all sorts of things thrown in, plus it almost always uses coconut cream. The Goombay Smash seems to be a more casual, easy to make drink.
So, here are a couple of recipes that would be a close approximation. Either way, you will enjoy the Goombay Smash if you are a fan of rum. It may not be served by Miss Emily at the Blue Bee Bar, but if you close your eye’s and take a sip, you just might get a short vacation.