Malibu Sunset Cocktail Recipe

The Malibu Sunset is the first choice on every occasion whenever you want to impress your guests with a delicious tropical cocktail with an appealing visual. The sweet, fruity, and tropical taste makes it a popular choice for those who enjoy refreshing and aesthetic drinks. Here, we will show you how to make this beloved cocktail and share some interesting information about it.

The Malibu Sunset gets its original name from a coconut-flavored rum, Malibu Rum, created by Pernod Ricard. Since Malibu rum first appeared in 1982, it quickly became a famous tropical and beachy cocktail due to its signature coconut notes.

The Malibu Sunset is the traditional combination of pineapple juices, grenadine syrup, and rum. But nowadays, bartenders and cocktail lovers have developed many new Malibu Sunset versions using different ingredients and presentation styles.

The drink’s vibrant colors and pleasing taste make it a delightful addition to summer parties, whether at the beach or indoors. This well-balanced and easy-to-drink cocktail can draw everyone at the first sipping, especially for those who enjoy sweet and fruity beverages.

The components contributing to the sweet and fruity tropical flavor profile are coconut, pineapple, and grenadine. Each of them combines harmoniously, resulting in a well-balanced flavor. The coconut from the Malibu rum adds a creamy and tropical undertone to the cocktail. Pineapple juice with a tangy and tropical sweetness gives the drink a refreshing and fruity base note. Grenadine syrup is the final highlight ingredient that creates the signature “sunset” aesthetic for the cocktail. Syrup with a sweet and slightly tart pomegranate flavor, giving the beautifully vibrant red color cocktail.

Malibu Sunset Cocktail Recipe

Malibu Sunset

A Malibu Sunset is a tropical cocktail that combines Malibu Coconut Rum with fruit juices for a refreshing, colorful drink that's perfect for summertime.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink
Calories 220 kcal


  • Highball glass
  • Jigger for measuring
  • Ice cubes


  • 2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz Grenadine
  • Ice
  • Pineapple slice and maraschino cherry for garnish optional


  • Fill the highball glass with ice.
  • Pour 2 oz (60 ml) of Malibu rum over the glass with ice.
    2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • Slowly pour 4 oz (120ml) of pineapple juice into the glass using a spoon or drizzling it along the inside edge of the glass. This method gives a beautifully layered effect.
    4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Add 0.5 oz (15 ml) Grenadine syrup over the top of the drink for the "sunset" effect when it mixes with the juice.
    0.5 oz Grenadine
  • Garnish your cocktail with a pineapple slice and a maraschino cherry for more visually appealing.
    Pineapple slice and maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Serve and enjoy your Malibu Sunset cocktail!



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Chill your glass first in the freezer for a few minutes; it helps to keep the drink cool and maintain the layered effect for longer.
  • Using freshly squeezed pineapple juice can improve the taste of your drink with a more vibrant flavor.
  • Pour the juices and grenadine syrup carefully and slowly by using a bar spoon or the back of a spoon to get the perfect layered effect.
  • Adjust the amount of grenadine syrup to suit your sweetness preference. If you have a sweet tooth, add more grenadine, but do not overpower the other flavors
Keyword Malibu Sunset Cocktail Recipe

What is the difference between Malibu Bay Breeze and Sunset?

Malibu Bay Breeze and Malibu Sunset feature Malibu rum flavors; the main differences are the choice of fruit juices and the visual appearance. Malibu Bay Breeze features cranberry juice and is pinkish-red; it does not have the layered appearance of Malibu Sunset. The Malibu Sunset combines pineapple and grenadine syrup and has a stunning layered effect with sunset colors.

How many calories are in a Malibu Bay Breeze drink?

Alcoholic drinks like the Malibu Bay Breeze contain calories from the alcohol and sugars in the ingredients. The nutritional information for a typical 8 oz (240 ml) Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail includes:

  • Calories: 190-220 calories
  • Carbohydrates: 23-26 grams
  • Sugars: 20-24 grams

Now it’s time to enjoy your delightful homemade Malibu Sunset; feel free to adjust the ingredient ratios based on your taste preferences. This delightful cocktail is ideal for beach vacations, poolside lounging, or enjoying a taste of the tropics at home.