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Best Mixed Drink With Rum For Summer

Looking for a fun mixed drink with rum idea for summer? Wait until you try this light, fruity, and refreshing Malibu sunset drink recipe!

I typically don’t gravitate to mixed drinks, but when I do it is a mixed drink with rum!

And in summer, there is nothing better than coconut rum mixed with a refreshing juice to make a delicious cocktail to enjoy on the porch, patio, deck, or poolside.

I love the nutty flavor of coconut rum in a mixed drink recipe, don’t you?

What I love most about this summer cocktail, is how easy it is to make!

It literally takes minutes to prepare and is a total crowd pleaser on a hot summer day.

Wait until you try this yummy Malibu sunset drink recipe!

This post is being shared as part of the End of Summer Recipe Blog Hop hosted by my good friend Pasha from Pasha is Home. If you are coming from Truemann’s Treasures, welcome to my home and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

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What Is a Good Mix With Rum?

There are lots of great mixed drinks with rum to enjoy.

It pairs well with lots of different juices and carbonated beverages such as:

  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Coconut Water
  • Lemon or Lime Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Tonic Water
  • Coca Cola

And I’m sure many more!

ingredients to make the best mixed drink with rum recipe
Ingredients to make the best drink with rum recipe

What Is a Malibu Sunset Drink Recipe?

Malibu sunset cocktails are a layered mixed drink recipe with coconut rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine.

There are also recipes with orange juice mixed in as well, but this recipe is pared down and simple with just 3 ingredients.

When this rum drink is layered, the grenadine sits on the bottom and makes this summer cocktail look like a sunset.

Isn’t that so cool?

Pouring canned pineapple juice to make a Malibu sunset recipe
Pouring canned pineapple juice to make a Malibu sunset recipe

What Is a Layered Drink?

Layering a drink means the different densities in liquors are used to make colored layers.

The layers of this mixed drink with rum form a color gradient similar to that of a sunset.

Layering sounds difficult to do, but it’s actually pretty easy.

Here’s how to make a Malibu sunset cocktail for summer!

Pouring coconut rum over the pineapple juice to make a Malibu sunset drink recipe
Pouring coconut rum over the pineapple juice to make a Malibu sunset drink recipe

How to Make the Best Mixed Drink with Rum: The Malibu Sunset Drink Recipe

What I love most about this recipe, is the few ingredients required to make it!

It’s easy to keep on hand and perfect to serve at a summer dinner party, enjoy on the porch, deck or patio, or enjoy pool, beach or lakeside.

This Malibu sunset drink recipe looks super sweet, but it’s not overly sweetened and has a nice nutty flavor from the coconut rum.

Slowly pouring grenadine to create a color gradient for a Malibu sunset cocktail
Slowly pouring grenadine to create a color gradient for a Malibu sunset cocktail

Ingredients Needed to Make a Malibu Sunset Cocktail

So you can really make this two ways. Either with or without orange juice.

I prefer it without orange juice, but if you prefer to make it with, then go for it!

Here’s what you need to make this mixed drink recipe with rum!

  • Coconut Rum
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Maraschino Cherries, Pineapple Chunks, and/or Orange Slices for Garnish
  • Ice
Best mixed drink with rum over ice in mason jar glasses
Best mixed drink with rum over ice in mason jar glasses

Directions to Make a Malibu Sunset Drink Recipe

This recipe for a Malibu sunset cocktail is too easy to make.

There is no preparation involved.

Rather, it’s pouring, garnish and enjoy!

However, it’s how you pour that makes all the difference in creating the sunset effect.

Close up of malibu sunset drink recipe in mason jar glasses on farmhouse towel on granite countertop
Malibu sunset drink recipe in mason jar glasses

How to Make the Colors Layer in a Malibu Sunset Cocktail

To start, pour coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice in a glass. I typically use a mason jar to serve, because that’s what we use to make drinks.

Next, slowly pour the grenadine into the drink so it sinks to the bottom to create the sunset effect. Some tip the glass as they pour to help it layer better. I found it works OK both ways.

Then stir once gently to get the layered effect. NOTE: do not over mix or the drink won’t create the color gradients.

Enjoying the best mixed drink with rum recipe by the koi pond
Cheers to the best mixed drink with rum recipe!

Garnish the drink with maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks, and/or orange slices.

And that’s it!

Isn’t that so easy to do?

Wait until you try this light and refreshing mixed drink recipe!

Best mixed drink recipe with rum - the Malibu sunset cocktail

Best Mixed Drink Recipe With Rum For Summer

Looking for a fun mixed drink with rum idea for summer? Wait until you try this light, fruity, and refreshing Malibu sunset drink recipe!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 8 kcal

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Pour coconut rum and pineapple juice over ice in a glass.
    Pouring canned pineapple juice to make a Malibu sunset recipe
  • Slowly pour the grenadine into the center of the glass.
    Slowly pouring grenadine to create a color gradient for a Malibu sunset cocktail
  • Stir gently once to create the layered effect.
    Close up of malibu sunset drink recipe in mason jar glasses on farmhouse towel on granite countertop
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks, and/or orange slices
    Best mixed drink recipe with rum - the Malibu sunset cocktail

Notes

If you want to make this drink with orange juice, add 2 parts orange juice with the coconut rum and pineapple juice.

Nutrition

Serving: 16ouncesCalories: 8kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.01gSodium: 0.3mgPotassium: 3mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 0.1IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 0.3mgIron: 0.01mg
Keyword Malibu Sunset Drink Recipe, Mixed Drink With Rum
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More Summer Drink Recipe Ideas

If you are looking for more summer cocktail recipe ideas, I got you.

With our new home, we’ve been enjoying the outdoor living spaces all summer long and have been making some great drinks to enjoy while soaking in the beautiful gardens.

One of my favorite boozy beverages this summer, has been this easy blueberry mojito recipe that is SO GOOD!

toasting with a refreshing mason jar glass of blueberry mojito recipe easy in the zen garden by the koi pond
Blueberry Mojito Easy Recipe

We’ve been making it to enjoy by the pool and it’s even better when blueberries are in season.

But we’ve also been enjoying this family-friendly version of refreshing strawberry lemonade on the front and back porch.

It’s SO good and I love that it can be made both with or without the booze.

close up of refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Recipe in ball jar glass with sliced lemons and strawberries

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  1. This is so refreshing and delicious! And served in the mason jars is just perfect!

  2. Yummy! Definitely the perfect summer drink and even better in the mason jar! I may have to make one this weekend! xo

  3. I never knew about layering for a cocktail- what a fun and pretty idea!! This malibu sunset drink looks so refreshing ;)!