Malibu Sunset — A fun, fruity, easy Malibu drink recipe!! Because there’s really no wrong way to do pineapple, orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, and cherries. If you’ve never had this fruity alcoholic drink before, you should change that!!
Easy Malibu Rum Drink
If you’ve never had this fruity Malibu drink, you really should change that. Someone will say they don’t like coconut, but I don’t think it tastes ridiculously coconutty. Coconut Malibu tastes like what a tropical vacation would taste like!
Technically this fruity drink is traditionally made with a splash of cranberry, but I didn’t have any and wasn’t going to buy any for a splash. Just use more grenadine. Scratch that. More Malibu.
Holy moly this sweet and fruity drink goes down way too easily in the heat and humidity. It’s perfect for spring and summer weather and summer holidays!
This Malibu drink is fruity and sweet without being over-the-top like some fruity alcoholic drinks can be, and it’s so refreshing. I love pineapple juice and it’s a perfect pairing with coconut rum. Cheers!
Malibu Sunset Ingredients
Wondering what to mix with Malibu? Here’s what I suggest for making this coconut rum drink:
- Ice cubes
- Pineapple-orange juice
- Malibu coconut rum
- Maraschino cherries
- Pineapple and / or orange slices (for garnishing)
How to Make a Malibu Sunset
This sweet alcoholic drink couldn’t be simpler to make! Here are the basic steps to making my go-to Malibu mixed drink:
- Add ice to a glass, followed by the juice and Malibu.
- Then, give it a good stir.
- Drizzle in the grenadine (use however much you’d like!) and garnish with cherries, pineapple, and orange slices.
Adjusting the Flavor of This Malibu Drink
For a sweeter Malibu drink, use more grenadine. For a less sweet beverage, use less.
Or, use some unsweetened cranberry juice and add a splash of that to brighten up the flavor of this rum mixed drink without adding any sweetness.
Can I Make This Malibu Drink as a Batch Cocktail?
Yes. It’s a 1:2 ratio of pineapple-orange juice and Malibu rum, so you can easily scale up from there.
Can I Use All Pineapple or All Orange Juice?
A few readers have asked about using either all pineapple or all orange juice due to allergies or because they simply ran out of one.
You’re welcome to use just one kind of juice in this rum mixed drink, but I highly recommend using a blend of juices for the best, fruitiest tropical flavor.
Tips for Making a Malibu Sunset
Juice: If you can’t find a pineapple-orange juice blend at your local grocery store, you’re welcome to buy them separately and combine them in this Malibu drink. Equal parts orange and pineapple juice should work, but play around with the ratios to find a combination you love.
Grenadine: I always eyeball the amount of grenadine I use in this Malibu rum drink, and I encourage you to do the same. Just be careful not to stir the tropical drink after you’ve added the grenadine as it’s meant to settle on the bottom of the glass!
Big batch: If making a larger batch of Malibu sunset, you may want to omit the ice and instead pour the rum mixed drink over ice. This way, your cocktail doesn’t get watered down as it sits there.
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- ice cubes
- 3 to 4 ounces pineapple-orange juice (I use a blend rather than purchasing separate juices)
- 2 ounces Malibu Coconut Rum
- grenadine, drizzled
- maraschino cherries, for garnishing
- pineapple and/or orange slices, for garnishing
- Add ice to glass.
- Add juice, Malibu, and stir.
- Drizzle in grenadine.
- Garnish with cherries, pineapple, and/or orange slices.
- Serve immediately.
- Drink is intended for those whom alcohol consumption is appropriate. Always drink responsibly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 460Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 99gFiber: 5gSugar: 81gProtein: 3g
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Republished August 31, 2018 and May 22, 2020