Malibu Bay Breeze Recipe

This Malibu Bay Breeze recipe is a lovely and colorful cocktail with the most delicious tropical fruit flavors that will transport your taste buds to a tropical island destination!

malibu bay breeze - a cocktail drink surrounded with coconut and lime

I cannot think of a better idea than a fruity cocktail to sip on a summer day in Hawaii or Bali, along the poolside with a good chat or a good book.

But let’s face it, traveling is still a bit compromised so I’m coming to rescue you with this Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail recipe.

It’s sweet, colorful, and very tropical. The perfect cocktail to make you feel like you are in a tropical destination even during your staycation!

With every sip, I promise you’ll almost feel the sand in your toes and the sea breeze in your hair!

This cocktail has the perfect tropical flavor profile with only three ingredients: a coconut-flavored rum base, pineapple, and cranberry juice.

Incredibly easy, flavorful, and oh so pretty! 

malibu bay breeze recipe - 2 glasses of malibu bay breeze drink

What Exactly Is Malibu?

The Malibu part on this Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail is a coconut-flavored white rum named like the lovely California bay.

Malibu rum was created to simplify the Piña Colada, which is originally made with coconut cream. (Check out our Piña Colada, to see our own twist of the drink.)

This lovely two-toned cocktail is a variation of the Sea Breeze cocktail, which is made with a base of vodka and some fruit juices like pineapple, cranberries, or grapefruit. 

But do not feel afraid, this cocktail is perfect for the inexperienced mixologist, only a few ingredients are needed and no fancy equipment is involved. 

Ingredients Needed to Make a Malibu Bay Breeze

For this colorful and tropical cocktail you are going to need: 

— Malibu rum (coconut flavored rum)

— Pineapple juice

— Cranberry juice

— Ice

— Pineapple triangles and lime wheels for garnish

How to Make the Perfect Layered Malibu Bay Breeze

First, you’ll need to fill up a glass with 3/4 of ice.

Then, pour the Malibu, and then the cranberry juice. 

To get the perfect golden layer of pineapple juice, just use the back of a spoon, adjusting it to the glass, and slowly pour the pineapple juice on top of it. The slower the better the layering.

malibu bay breeze drink - pouring pineapple juice in a glass full of malibu rum

Tools to Make a Malibu Bay Breeze Cocktail

This cocktail is not only a delicious treat but also a very, very simple one to make. Indeed all you are going to need is: 

— Highball glass or Collins glass: The main difference between them is that a highball glass is smaller and has an 8-12 oz capacity while the Collins glass is taller with a 12-16 oz capacity. Use any tall glass you have on hand and you’ll be good. 

— A measuring glass, a jigger or a cup: To measure the quantities of each liquid. Do not worry too much about the measuring method, as long as you follow the proportions you’ll find below in the recipe card.

— Straws: Any nice and fun straws of your liking. 

how to make a malibu bay breeze - equipment used to make Malibu cocktail

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Malibu Bay Breeze Recipe

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Malibu Bay Breeze is a tropical and very colorful cocktail with the most delicious fruit flavors that will transport your taste buds to an island destination!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails


  • Highball glass or Collins glass
  • Measuring glass, a jigger or a cup
  • Straws


  • 4 oz Malibu Coconut rum
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 4 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 pineapple wedge for garnish
  • 1 lime wheel for garnish


Calories: 376kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 376kcal


  • Ingredients and possible substitutions or variations:
    • Lime: Apart from using it for garnish, try squeezing half a lime into the pineapple juice, although is not traditional, I find the tanginess of the lime to balance very well the overall sweetness. Also, lime adds a new tropical nuance to it!
    • Rum: You can use any other coconut-flavored rum if you cannot find the Malibu brand. There are other flavored rum variations, like mango or passion fruit, do not be afraid to try them!
    • Pineapple juice: I’ve used store-bought unsweetened pineapple juice. The better the quality the better the cocktail! Try swapping the pineapple juice for mango juice to switch up the tropical flavor.
    • Cranberry juice: Avoid using pure cranberry juice since it’s very sour, instead buy sweetened cranberry juice. 
    • Grenadine: You can substitute cranberry juice for grenadine (concentrated and sweetened pomegranate juice) and make a Malibu Sunset!
  • This cocktail can be made ahead if you don’t care about the layering. If you want to make it ahead, put the ice right before serving it. 
  • Since it’s a sweet cocktail, it is best served after meals.  


  • Fill a highball glass with 3/4 of ice. 
  • Add the rum.
  • Add the cranberry juice.
  • Add the pineapple juice. To form the layered style, you can use the back of a spoon, and slowly pour the pineapple juice over it, so it will sit slowly over the rest of the ingredients. Be careful and pour it very slowly so you’ll not break the layering. 
  • Cut a slice of pineapple and make some wedges with a slit on one side so it can sit on the brim of each glass. 
  • Cut a few lime wheels and make a tiny slit so they can sit as well on the brim of each glass
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