Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails, a festive party cocktail recipe that serves a crowd!
Summer is here and it’s time to party!
Throwing outdoor neighborhood shindigs is one of my favorite aspects of summer. The last couple years we’ve hosted a Caribbean themed block party with fruity cocktails, tons of island-inspired dishes, and reggae music.
It’s our way to celebrate the end of the school year and kick off the season of sunshine.
One thing we’ve learned by hosting numerous parties over the years, is that it’s best to mix our beverages in large batches, ahead of time. That way, we’re not stuck playing bar tender through the entire event.
With a bit of math skills (or a calculator) you can turn your favorite cocktails into large-batch party punches!
One cocktail Lt. Dan and I are both crazy about is the Goombay Smash, originally created on Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas.
The little tiki hut, Miss Emily’s Blue Bee Bar, has become a destination based on this simple boozy concoction.
We have personally experiences the Goombay Smash in the Bahamas, yet they are just as refreshing when mixed at home.
Just close your eyes, take a sip, and imagine the palm trees!
This party-sized Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails recipe has all the right ingredients in magnified portions, so you can offer a drink (or two) to all your friends.
Plus, Goombay Smash cocktails are easy to make with just dark rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and bitters… If you like bitters.
The key to making perfect Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails is to use quality ingredients.
Yes… You can buy the cheapest rums you can find and it will still taste pretty good. However, if you use authentic top-shelf Caribbean rums, and fresh fruit juices, you end up with something truly spectacular.
I’ve listed the liquor brands I prefer in the recipe below.
Bonus, if you have leftover Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails after your party (you most likely won’t) it makes great party favors at the end of the gathering. Just pour it in mason jars with lids and pass it out to friends.
After I photographed this batch, I gifted it to several friends and neighbors, and instantly became “the best friend ever” to a select few. That is a direct quote. *wink*
Celebrate summer in island style with tangy-sweet Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails!
Large-Batch Goombay Smash Caribbean Cocktails
- 14 cups 100% pineapple juice
- 2 bottles dark Caribbean rum (750 ml each - I used Pusser's)
- 1 bottle coconut rum (750 ml - Cruzan)
- 2 cups fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/2 cups simple syrup
- 1 cup orange liqueur (Cointreau)
- 1/2 teaspoon bitters, optional
- Fresh pineapple slices for garnish
- If making the simple syrup from scratch, combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water. Heat on the stovetop until the sugar dissolves. Cool completely.
Pour all the ingredients into a large beverage dispenser. Stir well. Add sliced pineapples, and chill until ready to serve.
- Serve over ice.