Bahia Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol by volume:15%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bahia cocktail is a tropical delight that hails from the sun-kissed beaches of Brazil. Its name, 'Bahia', is derived from one of the 26 states of Brazil, known for its beautiful coastline and vibrant culture.

  • Origins: While the exact origin is not well-documented, it's believed to have been created to capture the essence of Brazilian beach life.
  • Popularity: The Bahia has gained popularity in tropical resorts and is often enjoyed by those who crave a sweet escape.
  • Fans: This cocktail is a hit among those who love creamy, fruity drinks and are looking to indulge in flavors that transport them to a seaside paradise.

How Bahia Tastes?

The Bahia cocktail offers a creamy, sweet, and tropical flavor profile with a subtle hint of coconut. The pineapple juice provides a tangy fruitiness that balances the richness of the coconut cream, while the white rum adds a smooth, spirited kick.

Interesting facts about Bahia

  • The Bahia cocktail's creamy texture is often compared to that of a Piña Colada, but with its own unique twist.
  • In Brazil, the Bahia cocktail is sometimes enjoyed during festive occasions such as Carnaval.
  • The drink's tropical ingredients reflect the abundant fruit produce of the Bahia region.


Pineapple Juice

Why we need it: The sweet and tart flavor of pineapple juice adds a tropical flair and balances the richness of the coconut cream. The 3oz measurement offers just enough to create a flavor foundation without overpowering the cocktail.

Without it: Skip pineapple juice, and you'll lose the cocktail's fruity punch—like a beach without the ocean breeze. It'd be a tropical travesty!

Alternatives: Swap it for mango or papaya juice, and you'll add a different kind of tropical vibe that's also delicious, but the flavor profile will shift towards the chosen substitute.

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White Rum

Why we need it: White rum is the spirit backbone of our libation, bringing a subtle sweetness and that essential boozy kick at 2.5oz. It's the canvas the other flavors paint upon.

Without it: No rum? You'd have a mocktail on your hands—a virgin voyage that's smooth sailing but missing the pirate's punch.

Alternatives: If you replaced it with coconut rum, you'd get a more intense coconut note, making it more of a 'Coco Bahia.' Or, daringly use tequila for a 'Tropical Margarita' effect.

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Coconut Cream

Why we need it: At 0.5oz, coconut cream lends that luxurious creaminess and whispers the song of the islands into your glass, rounding off the flavors. Just the right amount to add body but not mute the more delicate flavors.

Without it: No coconut cream? It's like a piña colada forgetting its beach towel—you'd ditch the sun-kissed smoothness that's key to this tropical treat.

Alternatives: Sub in a lighter coconut milk, and you'll get a less creamy and lighter version, perfect for those counting their coconuts—er, calories.

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Recipe. How to make Bahia Drink

  1. Chill a hurricane glass in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Combine ingredients in a blender with a scoop of ice.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Ice: Use crushed ice to achieve a smoother texture.
  • Fresh Pineapple Juice: Opt for fresh pineapple juice over canned for a fresher taste.
  • Balance: Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less coconut cream according to your preference.

Perfect Pairings


Tropical & Light Fare: The Bahia is a tropical cocktail, so it pairs beautifully with light summer dishes, like grilled shrimp, ceviche, or fresh fruit salads.

Spicy Dishes: The creamy sweetness of the cocktail can help balance out the heat in spicy foods, making it a great complement to dishes with a bit of a kick, such as jerk chicken or Thai curry.


Non-Alcoholic Beverages: For a non-alcoholic pairing, go with sparkling water with a squeeze of lime to cleanse the palate between sips of the Bahia.

Coffee: Believe it or not, a rich coffee can follow up the Bahia quite nicely, offering a dark and robust contrast to the light and creamy cocktail.

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What you could change in Bahia

  • White Rum: Can be substituted with a light coconut rum for an even more pronounced coconut flavor.
  • Coconut Cream: If unavailable, coconut milk mixed with a bit of heavy cream can work as a substitute.

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Berry Bahia


  • Pineapple Juice: 3oz
  • White Rum: 2oz
  • Coconut Cream: 0.5oz
  • Mixed Berry Puree: 1oz


  1. Chill a hurricane glass just like the classic.
  2. Combine the pineapple juice, white rum, coconut cream, and mixed berry puree in a blender with ice.
  3. Blend until smooth and dreamy.
  4. Pour and watch as the colors swirl. Garnish with a skewer of fresh berries.

Differences: The berry puree introduces a berrylicious twist—a dance of sweet and tart notes partying with the tropical flavors. It's like a Bahia with a summer berry hat!

Spiced Bahia


  • Pineapple Juice: 3oz
  • Spiced Rum: 2.5oz
  • Coconut Cream: 0.5oz
  • A Pinch of Cinnamon or Nutmeg


  1. Chill, blend, and pour as per the classic.
  2. Sprinkle the cinnamon or nutmeg on top before serving.
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Differences: Swapping in spiced rum and adding a pinch of warm spice brings a cozy twist to the Bahia. It's tropical meets your favorite holiday cookie—nostalgic yet refreshingly new.

Green Bahia


  • Pineapple Juice: 2oz
  • White Rum: 2oz
  • Coconut Cream: 0.5oz
  • Fresh Spinach or Kale Juice: 1oz


  1. Just like before, chill that glass.
  2. Blend the pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream, and green juice with the ice.
  3. Serve in the chilled glass and garnish with a tropical flower for that extra wow.

Differences: Adding green juice introduces a health-kick twist to your Bahia. It's a sip of tropical paradise with a side of greens—a bikini-friendly option that keeps the party going guilt-free!

In case you forgot basics how to make Bahia

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bahia

What type of glass is best for serving a Bahia cocktail?

A hurricane glass is typically used for serving a Bahia cocktail to showcase its tropical aesthetic, but any large glass that can hold the blended ingredients with ice will work.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Bahia cocktail?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by omitting the white rum and adding more pineapple juice or a splash of coconut water for a non-alcoholic tropical drink.

How can I get a frosted effect on the glass?

You can create a frosted effect by wetting the glass and placing it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes or until a frosty layer forms on the glass's surface.

Is it possible to make the Bahia cocktail ahead of time?

The Bahia cocktail is best enjoyed freshly blended to maintain its creamy texture. However, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and blend them just before serving.

What can be used as a garnish besides a pineapple wedge and cherry?

To garnish the Bahia cocktail, you can also use an orange slice, a sprig of mint, or a slice of lime for a fresh, decorative touch.

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