Malibu Sunset

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Malibu Sunset is a beautiful and delicious Malibu drink recipe. Perfect to sip on a warm summer day or evening.

Try serving this layered rum cocktail with a few appetizers like vegetable pinwheels, cucumber avocado dip and crab cakes

Rum cocktail in a glass with cherries and bottle in background


This tropical drink is full of island flavors. It’s sometimes referred to as a “Malibu Barbie” or even a “Panty dropper” but we are going to stick with the “Sunset”.  

If you have never tried this cocktail I would recommend giving it a taste this summer. It is a delicious blend of flavors that really transports you to an island getaway. 

I like making these in a pitcher for outdoor BBQ’s and of course a pool party.

Why this Malibu rum drink works

  • A beautiful drink that looks like a beachy sunset.
  • Budget friendly and only 3 ingredients. 
  • No need for a shaker or a blender, this is a simple poured recipe. 
  • Can be made into a large batch for a crowd.

What is in a Malibu Sunset?

Ice – This Malibu rum drink is best served nice and cold. 

Malibu rum – This is a coconut flavored rum.

Pineapple juice – Adds a wonderful fruity flavor to this drink.

Grenadine – Or “maraschino cherry juice”, adds sweetness and gorgeous bright red color.

Maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks – Used for a garnish. 

bottle of malibu rum, pineapple juice, bowl of cherries and cherry juice

How to make a Malibu sunset

Scroll down for full printable recipe, ingredients and video. 

  1. Ice: Fill glass with ice.
  2. Pour: Pour in pineapple juice and coconut rum.
  3. Layer: Slightly tip the glass and drizzle in grenadine for a layered cocktail look. 
  4. Garnish: Add maraschino cherries and or pineapple and even a tiny umbrella for garnish.
  5. Serve: I like serving this in a shorter glass but they work well in any glass shape.
bottle of malibu rum, pineapple juice in measuring cup, grenadine pouring into glass

Can this be Malibu drink be made into a big batch cocktail?

Yes, this can be made into a big batch cocktail for a crowd. Be sure to use a lot of ice in your pitcher. It will help keep the drink cool along with cutting some of the super sweetness of the drink. Use a measuring cup to measure the rum, juice and grenadine. Use 2-3 parts juice to 1 part rum depending on how strong you want to make your cocktail. 

Heather’s tips for making Malibu Sunset cocktail

  • Make this a non-alcoholic drink by replacing Malibu rum with coconut water.
  • If you want yours a little sweeter, add more grenadine. To make stronger add a little extra rum.
  • Variations: Try adding a splash of orange juice or cranberry juice to enhance the fruit flavor. 

What else can you mix with Malibu?

Have leftover coconut rum after making these sunsets? Try mixing with some of these:

  • Orange juice
  • Lemon-Lime soda
  • Cola
  • Ginger Beer
  • Cranberry juice
  • RumChata
2 glasses with pineapple rum cocktails and bottle of malibu

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***If you made this recipe, feel free to leave a comment and rating below. This recipe is for people of drinking age. Please drink responsibly. 

Watch the video below to see how to make this cocktail. 

Malibu Sunset in a glass with bottle
4.96 from 24 votes

Malibu Sunset

By Heather
A delicious, fruity Malibu rum drink.
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 drink


  • ice
  • 2 oz Malibu rum
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • maraschino cherries and or pineapple chunks for garnish


  • Place ice cubes in glass.
  • Pour in pineapple juice and Malibu.
  • Tip glass and pour in grenadine for layered look.
  • Add in maraschino cherries and pineapple chunks for garnish.


YouTube video


**This is an alcoholic drink and intended of people of drinking age. 


Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 147mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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  1. 4 stars
    This is really good! I made it using fresh pineapple and also made it into a frozen drink. It is “dangerous,” as my husband says!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been trying new drinks and found this one. I didn’t have Coconut rum so I substituted banana rum. It’s a wonderful drink. If you don’t like the sweetness I would add a tart juice.