Malibu Sunrise Cocktail

Malibu Sunrise cocktail is a refreshingly, beautiful cocktail that resembles a sunrise. Whether you’re lounging by the beach or simply yearning for a taste of paradise from the comfort of your backyard, this cocktail will surely please.

Malibu sunrise cocktail in a hurricane glass with an orange wedge on the rim.

Whether you are sitting by the pool with a couple of friends, or hosting a BBQ in the backyard, Malibu Sunrise is a refreshing, flavourful drink for a hot afternoon or evening. And the best part is you don’t taste the alcohol.

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What is a Malibu Sunrise?

A Malibu Sunrise is a delicious tropical drink that is bright and colourful. It looks like a sunrise on a hot summer morning.

It is made from tropical flavours like orange, pineapple, and coconut. The gradient layers of the cocktail make it eye-appealing.

Ingredients for this Cocktail

There are four ingredients in this cocktail that are easy to find.

  • Malibu Rum
  • Orange Juice (we use pulp-free orange juice)
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Grenadine

That’s it except for some ice and garnishes.

What is Grenadine?

Grenadine is a syrup made from pomegranate juice. It is used in many cocktails like this one to get the red-coloured base. The syrup is heavy, making it sink to the bottom to help give the gradient effect in this cocktail. For cocktails, we like to use Rose’s Grenadine Syrup.

Garnishes For Malibu Sunrise Cocktails

There are a few garnishes you can use for this drink, depending on your preferences. Typically, we serve these with an orange slice on the rim because it resembles the sun rising over the horizon.

Maraschino cherries can be dropped in the bottom of the glass before serving or placed on top using a skewer.

Sometimes we like to dress up the cocktail when serving to guests. Adding a cocktail umbrella or decorated stir stick makes the drink more festive.

How To Make a Malibu Sunrise Cocktail

This cocktail is very simple to make. It’s all about adding the ingredients in the right order, and everything will layer in a gradient effect.

  1. The Malibu Rum and orange juice are added to the glass first and stirred.
  2. Then the ice is added.
  3. The pineapple juice is poured slowly over the ice to create a lighter colour on top of the cocktail.
  4. The grenadine is last to be added slowly by pouring it over the back of a spoon and it will sink to the bottom of the glass.

This is how the layers of colours are created.

Garnishes are added to the glass and the cocktail is ready to serve and enjoy.


What To Serve This Cocktail In

We like to use hurricane glasses for serving these cocktails because we like the shape and how they looks.

Another way to serve this is in highball glasses or soda can glasses.

Any tall clear glass is best. You don’t want to use coloured glass because you want to show the beauty of the drink and the gradient colour effect. That is what makes the drink special.

Mocktail Version of Malibu Sunrise

It is very easy to enjoy this cocktail without alcohol. We make this drink into mocktails for those who don’t want to consume alcohol.

Simply replace the Malibu Rum with coconut water. This will give the coconut flavour without the alcohol.

When we are entertaining guests and making these cocktails with and without alcohol, we garnish them differently. Oranges slices for the cocktails and pineapple slices for the mocktails.

Malibu sunrise cocktail in a hurricane glass with an orange wedge on the rim.

Malibu Sunrise

Malibu Sunrise cocktail is a breeze to make, and the end result is not only delicious but visually stunning.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 1 serving


  • 2 ounces Malibu Rum
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce grenadine syrup
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • garnish: orange slice, maraschino cherries


  • In a tall glass, stir Malibu rum and orange juice together
  • Add ice
  • Slowly pour pineapple juice over the back of a tablespoon into the glass, do not stir
  • Using the back of the spoon, slowly add the grenadine syrup without stirring, allowing the syrup to drop to the bottom of the glass.
  • Garnish rim of glass with an orange slice or a skewer of maraschino cherries
Keyword Alcoholic drinks

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