Malibu Sunset

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!!

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

Living in San Diego, I’m normally just a couple hours from Malibu. But recently I was in Aruba, and Malibu never tasted so good.

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 should 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 tropical drink goes down way too easily in the heat and humidity, and I know it is still plenty warm in many parts of the country.

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 rumCheers!

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!!

What’s in a Malibu Sunset? 

To make this rum mixed drink, you’ll need:

  • Ice cubes
  • Pineapple-orange juice
  • Malibu coconut rum
  • Grenadine
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Pineapple and / or orange slices (for garnishing) 

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!!

How to Make a Malibu Sunset

This sweet alcoholic drink couldn’t be simpler to make! Just 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.

For a sweeter Malibu drink, use more grenadine. For a less sweet beverage, use less. Or, go out and buy some unsweetened cranberry juice and add a splash of that to brighten up the flavor of this rum mixed drink without adding any sweetness. 

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!!

Can I Make This Malibu Drink as a Batch Cocktail? 

I’m sure you could, but I’ve only made individual servings of this Malibu sunset drink so I can’t give explicit instructions on how to turn it into a batch cocktail. It’s a 1:2 ratio of pineapple-orange juice and Malibu rum, though, so you should be able to 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. 

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!!

Tips for Making a Malibu Sunset

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. 

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! 

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. 

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!!

Malibu Sunset

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!!

Yield: 1
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

    1. Add ice to glass.
    2. Add juice, Malibu, and stir.
    3. Drizzle in grenadine.
    4. Garnish with cherries, pineapple, and/or orange slices.
    5. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Drink is intended for those whom alcohol consumption is appropriate. Always drink responsibly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 460 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 24mg Carbohydrates: 99g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 81g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g

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95 comments on “Malibu Sunset”

  1. This drink will definitely make me feel like I’m on a beach.

  2. There is something about coconut that transports you to a place were Hawaiian shirts and fake grass skirts that totally wearable. Love the grading colour of this drink so pretty!

    • I really wanted to be able to do a pour shot, with the grenadine just dripping thru the liquid, and dispersing and just sort of suspending but you need a tripod, a free set of hands, lots of out-takes, and potentially wasted drinks, so I went with just the ‘settling’ on the bottom :)

  3. It was so interesting to hop over to your blog and see a cocktail named “Malibu Sunset” after reading a story about Paul Dano starring as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”, a Beach Boys bio pic, that just recently started filming in Malibu. Now, your smashing cocktail is going to make me think of The Beach Boys! Thanks for sharing, Averie. And, have fun while in Aruba!

    • What serendipitous timing! Sometimes when I see things like that, then I’ll see similar themes everywhere…lately it’s been burrata cheese. Every blog I go to, there’s burrata. Like 6 in the past 2 weeks or so!

  4. Yum! I love Malibu, but I usually just mix it with Diet Coke. This looks so, so much better, especially with that cherry on top.

  5. Those cherries, the colors! Is it weird that it makes me want one at 6 in the morning?

  6. If I’m going to drink anything containing alcohol, I like either sweet and fruity or sweet and creamy! This looks so bright and colorful–the tropics in a glass. I don’t think I’ve had coconut rum before but I’m a coconut lover and up for trying it.

  7. Hope your having fun… this drink is on my list for this weekend!

  8. You are making me crave a tropical vacation like crazy right now!! haha but since that’s not happening, I’m just going to go make a few of these drinks and enjoy them in my pajamas …. while dreaming of vacation : ) Hope you’re having a great time in Aruba!

  9. Aruba definitely looks like paradise! I feel more relaxed just looking at the pics. I’m all for any drink with coconut rum – it’s delish!

  10. Aruba looks beautiful! I could live on that beach

  11. Such a beautiful drink! Glad you are having a wonderful time in Aruba!!

  12. Wow, amazing! And the bright colors really make it more appetizing! I could definitely use one now!

  13. Ohhh man am I craving a beach right now!!!! And coconut rum…
    This is gorgeous Averie!!!

  14. Just so you know, I’m terribly jealous of the beach views ;-) And I still need to make that coconut water pink beauty!

  15. Those beachy shots are like food for my soul, Averie! Thanks for giving me a little taste of tropical life :) Can’t wait to try my own Malibu Sunset!

  16. So jealous! I *love* Aruba! And the drink looks pretty good too :)

  17. Definitely making the coconut water champagne fruit punch, looks to die for!

  18. YUM. I could use one of these today! ;)
    Thanks so much for your support of my latest post. I know you understand. If and when I return to blogging, your transition and attitude are going to be a model for me. <3

    • I was nodding in agreement to the whole thing, and can only IMAGINE what you’ve endured. It was a miracle I didn’t quit 12-18 mos in for all the reasons you mentioned. I had to change focus or else I would have. You cannot please everyone. And the ones you’ve been trying to please are soooo hyper-critical anyway! Girl, you have done an amazing job hanging in there, and where ever your journey takes you, has GOT to be easier than what you’ve been doing for the past 5 yrs! xoxo

  19. I have never had a Malibu but am totally sold after reading the ingredient list! Anything with cherry and coconut I love!

  20. Hmmm that drink looks yummy! Can I come visit in Aruba…Looks beautiful.

  21. That gradient!!!!!! The colors are soooooooooo beautiful!!! Perfect for a hot summer! Love it!

  22. I’m sitting on my couch FREEZING right now, and this still looks great. I have never been a huge fan of fruity cocktails, but I’ve been getting into them lately. I just saw that Malibu makes a new Spiced Rum and I’m on the lookout for it….

  23. Oh my goooosh Averie! I love your drinks so much, too bad I’m not 21! The grenadine makes me think of a Shirley Temple – my favorite drink growing up. I’m definitely making this one in 8 months when I turn 21.

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