Malibu Bay Breeze

Malibu Bay Breeze

Summertime is just around the corner and what better way to spend it than to enjoy a delightful glass of Malibu Bay Breeze. This tropical drink is the ideal cocktail to have by the beach and at parties. Those vibrant colors of red-orange ombre effect definitely add up to the ultimate beach vibe. Here’s how you’ll make it:


Nutritional Guidelines per Serving

Amount Per Serving

Calories 176

                                               % Daily Value

Fat                             0g                   0%

Saturated Fat             0g                   0%

Cholesterol                0mg                 0%

Sodium                      2mg                 0%

Potassium                 73mg               2%

Carbohydrates          11g                  4%

Sugar                         9g                   10%

Protein                       0g                    0%

Vitamin C                   17.7mg            21%  

Tools required

Know the accessories too used in making this awesome drink!

  • Old fashioned Glass - a short glass usually used to serve whiskey. In making Malibu Bay Breeze, you can also use a tall glass like a highball glass to better show the ombre of the drink. 
  • Jigger - A measuring tool used in making cocktails.              

Malibu Bay Breeze Ingredients:

Malibu Bay Breeze Preparation:

  1. Fill an old fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  2. Measure the coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry cocktail with a jigger and pour them into the glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice. You can also use a maraschino cherry or a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

Know Your Ingredients

Interested in making this drink? Know its components first so you can enjoy it more!

  • Coconut Rum (Malibu) - Coconut flavored liqueur made with Caribbean rum.
  • Cranberry Cocktail - juice of cranberries processed with alcohol content and added sugars.
  • Pineapple Juice - The liquid obtained from pressing the tropical fruit, pineapple. It is often used as an ingredient in many cocktails and drinks.

You can also watch the recipe here:

Recipe Variations

If you like this drink, you can also enjoy its siblings. Here are a couple of variations you can try. 

Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze is one of the cocktails that is known for its cranberry juice component. It was said to be invented in the ‘80s when it was only made with three ingredients but some stories say that the original version was invented in the 1920s and it had more versions after this and their ingredients were different from their previous version as time went on. 


Steps to Make:

  1. Fill a tumbler glass with ice cubes.
  2. Measure the vodka, cranberry juice, and grapefruit juice with a jigger and pour them into the glass. 
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Bay Breeze

The Bay Breeze is another delightful tropical drink with Hawaiian origins. It is just like the Malibu Bay Breeze but it uses vodka instead of coconut rum. It is sometimes called the Downeaster, Paul Joseph, or Hawaiian Bay Breeze. 


Steps to Make:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure the vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice with a jigger and pour them into the glass. 
  3. Give it a stir with a bar spoon. 

Tropical Rum Punch 

The ultimate tropical beverage perfect on a hot sunny day that you can also share with your friends at a party.  


  • 6 cups Bacardi Limon White rum
  • 4 cups Minute Maid Lemonade
  • Assorted fruits (mango, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries)
  • Lemon slices and blueberries (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make:

  1. Cut up the fruits, except the blueberries, into average slices, and put them in a punch dispenser
  2. Add the white rum into the dispenser and then the lemonade.  
  3. Muddle the blueberries slightly and add them to the mixture.  
  4. Garnish with lemon slices and whole blueberries. 
  5. Only add ice cubes in separate glasses and then dispense the punch. Putting ice cubes in the punch dispenser only dilutes it and ruins the flavors. 

Madras Cocktail 

This is like the Bay Breeze but has orange juice in place of the pineapple juice so it still tastes like a refreshing tropical drink. If you replace the vodka with white rum, it’s called a White Madras and when you use tequila, it will be called a Mexican Madras. 


Steps to Make:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure the ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the glass. 
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel 

Cape Cod 

Also called “Cape Codder”, named after the popular tourist destination in Massachusetts, US that is known for growing cranberries. This has pure cranberry flavor with some vodka to give it some punch. 


Steps to Make:

  1. Measure the ingredients with a jigger and pour them into an ice-filled tumbler glass
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge. 

Woo-woo Cocktail

Despite what the name implies, this drink is clearly a great one and has actually a fruity mix that's hard to resist. 


  • 2 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
  • 1 oz. Mr. Stacks Peach Schnapps
  • Lakewood Cranberry juice (to top)
  • Ice cubes 
  • Lime wedge (for garnish)

Steps to Make:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure the vodka and peach schnapps with a jigger and pour them into the glass. 
  3. Top it off with the cranberry juice.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge. 


One of the favorite drinks of the ladies is the Cosmopolitan or simply the Cosmo. It is a fruity and elegant cocktail and is often associated with the television program Sex and the City. 


Steps to Make:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure the ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the shaker. Cover and shake for about 10 seconds. 

Strain and pour the mixture into a chilled martini glass.

The Rise In Fame

Malibu Bay Breeze is prominent in a place known for its shores and expressways - New Jersey! The drink is always present during the summer and of course, parties. New Jersey also has an Italian population so this drink goes well with pizza.  

The Malibu Bay Breeze has a fruity and tangy taste that makes it perfect to have on a summer day. Its tropical flavor will surely make you remember the beach but you can always enjoy it anywhere you like.

    Foods to Pair with a Malibu Bay Breeze 

    Surely, the drink can be enjoyed by itself, but it’ll be more enjoyable when paired with food. The best foods to eat alongside Malibu Bay Breeze include seafood like shrimp, fish tacos, or fresh fish preparations like ceviche. It also goes well with chicken and beef dishes since it cuts the fattiness and compliments them very well.  

    Shrimp and Avocado Summer Rolls

    Think of this food as if sushi and a spring roll had a baby and if you like both of them, then this food is a real treat and it’s healthy too. 

    Fish Tacos

    Not your ordinary taco, this one has flavorful, flaky, and delightful fish jewels that are way healthier and lighter. It is perfect for summer, is super easy to make, and an ideal pair with the featured drink. 


    Most people love their food cooked, but they may make an exception for ceviche. This is like a salad but with raw fish, don’t take it the wrong way, it is actually very delicious and while the fish is good on its own, it gets enhanced by the explosion of flavors from the citrus and other spices. 

    Cheese-stuffed Chicken

    What a fun way to make chicken on a different and fun level, like fried chicken but with a hidden surprise of cheese inside and a bonus tomato sauce on top. Make this for your family for lunch or dinner alongside the delicious summer drink. 

    Beef and Broccoli

    If you like Chinese takeout, then you’re familiar with the classic duo of beef and broccoli. It's got the protein and the greens and pair that with a delicious summer cocktail, that’s an awesome meal right there. 


    What is the difference between a Malibu Bay Breeze, Bay Breeze, and a Sea Breeze?

    They obviously have a common denominator in their names but also to their ingredients, mainly the cranberry juice. The Malibu Bay Breeze uses a coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. On the other hand, both Bay Breeze and Sea Breeze make use of vodka and also cranberry juice but the former uses grapefruit juice and the latter uses pineapple juice. 

    How much alcohol content is in a Malibu Bay Breeze?

    The only alcoholic component in a Malibu Bay Breeze is the coconut rum and Malibu coconut rum has an alcohol content by volume of 21% (42 proof). The recipe only calls for 2 ounces of coconut rum so one drink will not easily get you drunk.   

    What goes well with Malibu?

    Malibu is a coconut flavored rum so it gives the Caribbean vibes. Coconut rum goes well with tropical and fruits like pineapple, orange, cranberries, grapefruit, and other drinks like cola and ginger beer or ale. 

    Does Malibu coconut rum go bad?

    Malibu coconut rum will retain its taste when unopened at least until its 2-year shelf life is over. It’s best to use it within one year because once it is already opened, it’s quality starts to slowly deteriorate but the flavors are still there, though not as intact as the first time it was opened. 

    What soda goes good with Malibu rum?

    Rum generally blends well with cola and lemon-lime soda and also ginger beer and ginger ale. They are also an array of fruit sodas that go great with rum since it brings out the tropical flavors. 


    During the summer, many people have tropical cocktails as their go-to drink and the Malibu Bay Breeze definitely provides the satisfaction and also the Caribbean vibes because of the coconut rum. It is very easy to make so it is practical to make at home and serve to your family and friends. Summer is a whole season and you’ll probably need a variety of drinks. With this, you can try these fantastic fruit-infused vodkas that you can use for your next cocktail endeavor. And summer can’t end without a party and if you plan on having one, check out these awesome summer party tips to help you make the most memorable summer party.  

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