Sky Juice is a refreshing concoction blending coconut water, condensed milk, and a touch of gin. This drink embodies the essence of paradise, delivering a smooth, sweet, and slightly tangy experience that will transport you to sun-kissed beaches and crystal-clear waters. This creamy cocktail is a staple of Bahamian cuisine and is made with a few simple ingredients that come together to create a delicious and satisfying drink.
To make a Sky Juice cocktail, you’ll need gin, coconut water, and condensed milk. The ingredients are mixed together and served over ice, with a garnish of freshly grated nutmeg. The result is a sweet, creamy drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot day. The Sky Juice cocktail is also sometimes referred to as “gully wash” and is a popular drink at Fish Fry, a weekly street party in Nassau.
If you’re a fan of rum-based cocktails, you’ve probably heard of the Sky Juice cocktail. This cocktail has its origins in the Bahamas during the Prohibition era. At that time, local islanders had access to some low-cost alcohol that came from the United States. What they did not have was access to a wide range of juices and other common cocktail ingredients. This led to the creation of a simple cocktail that could be made with just a few ingredients.
The Sky Juice cocktail is also known as Gully Wash among locals and dates back to the early 20th century. According to Enrique Díaz Pérez, the hotel bartender at Meliá, a resort in Nassau, locals didn’t have easy access to canned juices or sodas to chase their liquor. This led to the creation of a simple cocktail that could be made with just a few ingredients that were readily available.
How to Make It
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 4 oz coconut water
- Crushed ice
- Ground nutmeg (for garnish)
- Fill a plastic cup with crushed ice.
- Pour gin and coconut water over the ice.
- Add sweetened condensed milk.
- Stir well.
- Garnish with ground nutmeg.
There are many variations of the classic Sky Juice cocktail, each with its own unique twist on the original recipe. Here are a few ideas to try:
This Bahamian favorite is similar to Sky Juice but with the addition of tropical fruit juices like pineapple and guava. To make Gully Wash, simply add equal parts coconut water and tropical fruit juice to a pitcher along with a cup of gin or white rum, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir well and serve over ice.
This fruity cocktail is a popular choice at many Nassau bars and restaurants. To make a Bahama Mama, combine equal parts pineapple juice, orange juice, and coconut rum in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.
For a spooky twist on the classic Sky Juice cocktail, try adding a dash of ground nutmeg and a sprinkle of cinnamon to create a creamy cocktail that’s perfect for Halloween. Serve in a plastic cup with a gummy worm garnish for a fun and festive touch.
Substitute Dark Rum
Try using dark rum instead of gin or white rum, adding lime juice for a more citrusy flavor, or using coconut cream instead of condensed milk for a creamier texture.