It is no overstatement to say that tasty alcoholic beverages are an important part of Bahamian culture and I’m a firm believer in the old adage, “When in Rome do as the Romans do.”
With that in mind, whenever I’m in the Bahamas I try to get my hands on some of the delicious local treat called Gullywash.
I was first introduced to Gullywash by bonefish guide Tory Bevins. Tory showed up one night with a milk jug full of cloudy white liquid and to be honest, knowing Tory, I was a little apprehensive. After my second pull off the jug I was hooked!
We drank Gullywash all night and all I remember clearly is that I love it. It’s a concoction of coconut water, sweetened condensed milk, gin and whatever else you have. The recipe varies wildly depending on who makes it but it’s always tasty. It’s not as sweet as you would expect and the flavor does a good job of hiding the alcohol. Gullywash should be approached with respect.
On my last trip to South Andros Karen Forbes, one of the talented ladies from the kitchen at Andros South Lodge, agreed to make us a batch. Her recipe is a bit more polite than Tory’s. Karen only adds gin, where Tory uses gin, rum and vodka and she skips the raw egg that Tory claims puts lead in your pencil but the end product is wonderful. I’m certain we had a great night, even if the details are fuzzy.
Watch the video for Karen’s recipe for Gullywash, which she calls Gin and Coconut Water.
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