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What to mix with Malibu rum? Try these top Malibu drinks: the best ways to use coconut rum in mixed drinks!

Malibu drink

What to mix with Malibu Coconut Rum? There are so many ways to make Malibu rum mixed drinks, from classic beach drinks to simple 2-ingredient cocktails. Add pineapple juice to make a Malibu Sunrise, or blend up a frosty Bahama Mama. Or just swap it for rum to make a coconut spin on the Rum and Coke or Mojito. Here are all our favorite Malibu drinks! Scroll below the list for a little more about this tasty 1980’s ingredient (it’s actually not…rum).

And now…the best Malibu coconut rum drinks!

More about Malibu Coconut Rum

What’s the secret ingredient in these Malibu drinks? Well, did you know Malibu Coconut Rum actually isn’t considered…rum? It’s partly rum, but it’s hiding a secret. Here’s the secret behind these Malibu cocktails:

  • Malibu Coconut Rum is considered a coconut-flavored liqueur. Or, “Caribbean rum with coconut liqueur”, to quote the bottle. Malibu has lots of added sugar and a low alcohol level: it’s only 21% ABV. In contrast, rum has no sugar and a 40% ABV. So, it’s more of a liqueur (here are the technical definitions).
  • Malibu Coconut Rum was launched in 1982 as a way for bartenders to simplify making the Piña Colada. It’s the most popular brand on the market by far. But you can find other types of coconut rum like Bacardi, Capitan Morgan, and so forth.
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Malibu Sunset

Top 10 Malibu Drinks

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Malibu Sunset is a deliciously tropical layered drink with brilliant colors of a sunset! It’s easy to make and the effect is stunning.


  • 2 ounces* Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: drink umbrella, orange slice, and cocktail cherry


  1. Add ice to highball or hurricane glass. Add the coconut rum, then slowly pour orange juice followed by the pineapple juice.
  2. Pour the grenadine into center of the drink and it will sink to the bottom. Stir gently for the sunset gradient effect. Garnish with a drink umbrella, orange slice and a cocktail cherry.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Malibu drinks, coconut rum drinks, what to mix with malibu rum, what to mix with coconut rum, malibu rum mixed drinks

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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