Club Med Bahamas – Day 0.5 + Bahama Mama Cocktail

by on March 1, 2009


where I’ll be napping for the next 7 days…beach side cabanas

I’d like to say that I made it to the Bahamas safe and sound after a crazy  18 hour  travel itinerary, but I can’t say that I’m safe from pure gluttony from Club Med’s amazing resort. After a long and congested red eye flight with Matt and Adam to Florida, then followed by an 8 hour layover, I was hankering for sleep, protein and booze. When all three of these life’s necessities are deprived for eighteen hours, it can almost force a proud girl like to to start begging. But thank god Club Med came before I compromised on anything.


Wow, Wow and Wow! That’s pretty much all I have to say for now about their amazing Columbus Isle location in the Bahamas. The water is so blue, it looks like some either dumped a drums of blue dye in it or someone photoshopped and saturated the heck out of the water. Yes, it’s that blue and it’s that amazing.

After arriving in on Saturday at 1:30 pm, we were quickly whisked away to our rooms. With in a few minutes all the bloggers (check out Jaden’s site for the VIP list) came out, stripped from our travel weary clothes, into shorts, tanks and t-shirts. We were all ready and waiting for this wonderful moment of gathering and friendship, all live and real, rather than via the internet and twitter.

We all consumed some snacks and a round of drinks, then were escorted on a quick tour of the property. Then we immediately attended a fabulous little cocktail party with the blue azure beauty of the Bahamian sea as our backdrop. Crazy, it’s was all just crazy. Everything happened so quickly, I can’t believe all this occurred in our first half day on Saturday!!


cocktail gathering



appetizers to nibble with drinks: assortment sushi, rice rolls and fried scallops



my view while pigging out: uber talented photographer, food stylist and pastry chef at the bar

I was most excited to find out that this Club Med location was serving  a Bahama Mama cocktail! Last week, Todd bought a fabulous cocktail book, Dale Degroff’s  The Essential Cocktail. We were hankering to make the Bahama Mama cocktail for my last post before my departure. Unfortunately, we didn’t have all the rums that were needed.

Thank you to the cocktail party, I still had my Bahama Mama Cocktail and it could not have been more perfect. I’m in the Bahamas, BABY!


Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 Minutes

From the Essential Cocktail by Dale Degroff


  • 3/4 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz añejo rum
  • 3/4 oz Myer's dark rum
  • 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 3 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 oz fresh-squeezed OJ
  • 1 t grenadine
  • dash of Angostura bitters
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Orange slice for garnish


  1. Combine all but garnish, shake with ice, strain into hurricane glass & garnish.
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary March 2, 2009 at 4:01 am

Thanks for the update Diane! I’m going to channel the Bahamas through you cause I woke up to 6 inches of snow this morning!
Todd how you holding up hun???
Have fun!


2 White on Rice Couple March 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I’m good. Life isn’t to bad here on the homefront. The wisteria is starting to open. The peaches are in bloom and the jasmine is filling the air with it’s sweet fragrance. Plus I have the puppies to play with. Thanks for checking up on me! Todd. -WORC


3 Jesse March 2, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Oh my dear Diane, if I didn’t like you so much I would be secretly hating you right now!! Hahaha, the water looks amaaaaaazing and the food pictures are killing me! So glad you’re having a great time!


4 pam March 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I am so jealous!


5 The Daily Colander March 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Well, I’m thrilled you’re having such a great time. It looks like you guys really put a dent in the alcohol supply down there! Have fun!


6 Chez US March 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Have a few of those for us – lord knows we could use them! Enjoy the sun & sand – it is beautiful down there. I love the sandy beaches more then out here … ahhhhh!


7 Luna Pier Cook March 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Hey you two, long time no hear from! Yeah I moved my blog … but now I’m considerably concerned that once y’all are done down there, that there might not be any Club Med left for the rest of us. Make sure to leave some and don’t take it all!


8 Hélène March 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I’m drooling over the pictures. Have the best time!


9 Passionate Eater March 2, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Make sure that you two enjoy yourselves down there and take plenty of pictures and video for your blog fans at home (including me) to see!


10 Paula Maack March 3, 2009 at 10:58 am

Diane, how much fun are you having???!!! Woohoo!!!

What a great looking time, you Bahama Mama, you! I’m lovin’ the photos and the updates. Looks like one heck of a party on the beach, too! Way to go… :D

Enjoy every second!! Meanwhile, I’ll just have to mix myself up a Bahama Mama cocktail, and think fondly of you guys and your fun in the sun.

~ Paula


11 Food Woolf March 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm

I guess I’ll just have to beg Todd to make me a Bahama Mama next time I see him! hugs and kisses, Brooke


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