Malibu Bay Breeze Cocktail Drink

Malibu Bay Breeze

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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For a tropical treat, this Malibu Bay Breeze recipe has all the ingredients you’ll need for a delicious cocktail. It’s simple to make, and the drink provides a balanced blend of sweet and tart flavors.

Malibu Bay Breeze Recipe

Indulge in our Malibu Bay Breeze recipe for a slice of paradise in a glass! With a blend of coconut rum, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice, this effortless cocktail makes any day feel like a beach vacation.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

152 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge or pineapple slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass or Hurricane Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass or hurricane glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Malibu: Pour 1½ oz Malibu Coconut Rum over the ice.
  • Add Cranberry Juice: Measure and pour 3 oz cranberry juice into the glass.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Add 1 oz pineapple juice to the mix.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wedge or pineapple slice into the glass for garnish.

Notes

About Malibu Bay Breeze:

The drink is a tropical cocktail variant of the Bay Breeze, which typically features vodka. The key difference is using Malibu Coconut Rum, lending the drink a distinct coconut flavor that pairs excellently with the tart cranberry juice and sweet pineapple juice. This cocktail is perfect for summer days and gives off beachy vibes.

Substitutes:

Try out different flavored liquors to add a twist to this recipe or experiment with new flavors by changing the juices involved.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Malibu Substitute: Use a coconut-flavored syrup or coconut water and simple syrup mix for the non-alcoholic base.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using these non-alcoholic substitutes. Enjoy a non-alcoholic version that still captures the tropical essence of the original.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Juice Labels: Ensure that your cranberry and pineapple juices do not contain animal-derived ingredients, such as gelatin or honey.
  • Check Garnish: If using a sugared rim or other garnish, ensure it's vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've verified that all ingredients are vegan, follow the original recipe steps.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
152
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Potassium
 
103
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
40
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Malibu Bay Breeze Cocktail Drink

Malibu Bay Breeze Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in our Malibu Bay Breeze recipe for a slice of paradise in a glass! With a blend of coconut rum, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice, this effortless cocktail makes any day feel like a beach vacation.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 152

Ingredients
 

  • oz Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge or pineapple slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass or Hurricane Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass or hurricane glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Malibu: Pour 1½ oz Malibu Coconut Rum over the ice.
  • Add Cranberry Juice: Measure and pour 3 oz cranberry juice into the glass.
  • Add Pineapple Juice: Add 1 oz pineapple juice to the mix.
  • Garnish: Place a lime wedge or pineapple slice into the glass for garnish.

Notes

About Malibu Bay Breeze:

The drink is a tropical cocktail variant of the Bay Breeze, which typically features vodka. The key difference is using Malibu Coconut Rum, lending the drink a distinct coconut flavor that pairs excellently with the tart cranberry juice and sweet pineapple juice. This cocktail is perfect for summer days and gives off beachy vibes.

Substitutes:

Try out different flavored liquors to add a twist to this recipe or experiment with new flavors by changing the juices involved.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Malibu Substitute: Use a coconut-flavored syrup or coconut water and simple syrup mix for the non-alcoholic base.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using these non-alcoholic substitutes. Enjoy a non-alcoholic version that still captures the tropical essence of the original.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Juice Labels: Ensure that your cranberry and pineapple juices do not contain animal-derived ingredients, such as gelatin or honey.
  • Check Garnish: If using a sugared rim or other garnish, ensure it's vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've verified that all ingredients are vegan, follow the original recipe steps.

 

What is a Malibu Bay Breeze?

Malibu Bay Breeze is a cocktail that features Malibu Coconut Rum, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice. It’s a variation of the Bay Breeze, swapping out vodka for the coconut rum to create a different flavor profile. While the drink might seem upscale, it’s incredibly straightforward to assemble.

A side shot of a Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail in a hurricane glass on a wooden coaster placed on a white marmol table with pineapple wedges around.

What is a Malibu Bay Breeze made of – The ingredients

To get started on your Malibu Bay Breeze, get these ingredients ready:

  • Malibu Coconut Rum: Adds the tropical, coconut-infused base for the cocktail.
  • Cranberry Juice: Provides tartness to balance out the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Pineapple Juice: Adds a layer of tropical sweetness.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the drink for refreshing sips.
  • Lime wedge or pineapple slice: Optional garnish that adds a touch of citrus or tropical flair.

Malibu Coconut rum, cranberry juice and pineapple juice laid out on a white bar table

How do you make Malibu Bay Breeze?

Join our easy guide to make your own Malibu Bay Breeze:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to prepare the glass for the cocktail.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes to prepare the glass for the cocktail.

2
<p>Measure and pour 1½ oz of Malibu Coconut Rum over the ice, setting the base for the tropical flavors.</p>

Measure and pour 1½ oz of Malibu Coconut Rum over the ice, setting the base for the tropical flavors.

3
<p>Add 3 oz of cranberry juice into the glass, introducing a tart counterpoint to the rum.</p>

Add 3 oz of cranberry juice into the glass, introducing a tart counterpoint to the rum.

4
<p>Follow up with 1 oz of pineapple juice, layering in additional tropical sweetness.</p>

Follow up with 1 oz of pineapple juice, layering in additional tropical sweetness.

5
<p>Garnish the drink with a lime wedge or a pineapple slice to add a final touch of citrus or tropical flair.</p>

Garnish the drink with a lime wedge or a pineapple slice to add a final touch of citrus or tropical flair.

6
<p>Enjoy your Malibu Bay Breeze!</p>

Enjoy your Malibu Bay Breeze!

Malibu Bay Breeze Mocktail

If you want to enjoy the tropical flavors of a Malibu Bay Breeze without the alcohol, the virgin variant is a great option. Instead of Malibu Coconut Rum, you can use coconut water or coconut-flavored syrup. This gives you the coconut base without the buzz. For the other ingredients, stick with the usual cranberry and pineapple juice. The cranberry adds tartness, while the pineapple juice lends sweetness and tropical flair. Stir these together over ice, and you have a mocktail that’s close to the original. It’s straightforward, tastes great, and gives you the regular experience in a non-alcoholic package.

Malibu Bay Breeze Canned – Ready to Drink

There are some solid pre-mixed options out there. Malibu offers a canned version, aptly called Malibu Bay Breeze, that hits close to the original cocktail’s taste. It’s sweet, tangy, and has that signature coconut flavor. Another contender is Cutwater Spirits, known for their high-quality canned cocktails. Their tropical rum punch captures the essence of the cocktail with the added depth of mango and passion fruit. But if you want a top pick, go for the Malibu’s canned Bay Breeze.

Malibu Bay Breeze vs. Bay Breeze – What’s the difference?

Malibu Bay Breeze and Bay Breeze share a lot of similarities, but they have a couple of key differences. The primary difference lies in the type of alcohol used. A Bay Breeze features vodka as its alcoholic base, while a Malibu Bay Breeze swaps out vodka for Malibu Coconut Rum. This substitution gives the cocktail a distinct tropical coconut undertone you won’t find in a traditional Bay Breeze. Both drinks use cranberry and pineapple juice, sharing a sweet and tart flavor profile. However, the coconut rum in the Malibu version adds an extra layer of sweetness and complexity.

A Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail, shot from above, in a hurricane glass on a white marmol table surrounded by pineapple wedges.

Malibu Bay Breeze with Vodka

Switching out Malibu Coconut Rum for vodka changes the game but keeps things interesting. You’re essentially making a Bay Breeze with vodka, but the drink’s character can vary depending on the vodka you use. Tito’s Handmade Vodka offers a clean, crisp finish that doesn’t interfere with the fruit juices. Grey Goose gives the drink a slightly smoother, more luxurious feel. If you’re looking for something affordable but still high-quality, Smirnoff No. 21 does the job well. Among these, Tito’s stands out for keeping the drink straightforward while maintaining quality. So, if you’re not a fan of coconut or just want to try a different spin, give vodka a shot; Tito’s Handmade Vodka is our top pick for this modification.

Malibu Bay Breeze Variations

Seeking an alternative to the original? Enjoy our assortment of variants:

  • Coconut Bay Breeze: Coconut water replaces traditional Malibu, keeping the tropical essence intact in a non-alcoholic form. The fresh, light coconut water taste refreshes and rejuvenates, especially on warm days. It’s like a summer breeze in every sip, which I find wonderfully hydrating.
  • Tropical Bay Breeze: A fusion of tropical fruit juices like guava or passion fruit joins pineapple and cranberry, creating a complex and exotic flavor. The guava adds a unique, sweet tanginess, taking you on a tropical flavor adventure with every sip.
  • Pineapple Bay Breeze: Doubling up on pineapple and eliminating cranberry juice puts pineapple in the spotlight. Its bold, fruity flavor, both sweet and tangy, stands out vividly. The pineapple’s vibrant zestiness is something I particularly enjoy, making it a lively and refreshing choice.
  • Vodka Bay Breeze: Vodka replaces Malibu, shifting the focus away from coconut. The vodka’s clean, crisp character allows the cranberry and pineapple flavors to become more pronounced, creating a refreshing balance.
  • Blue Hawaiian: This visually striking mix combines blue curaçao with pineapple juice and coconut cream, creating a vivid blue appearance. The blue curaçao imparts a slight orange flavor, adding an interesting citrus twist to the tropical flavors.
  • Malibu Sea Breeze: This variety uses Malibu rum and combines it with cranberry and grapefruit juice. The grapefruit juice introduces a tart and slightly bitter note, balancing the sweetness of the cranberry and the coconut flavor of the Malibu rum.
  • Malibu Piña Colada: This classic tropical favorite combines Malibu rum with creamy coconut and sweet pineapple. The creamy coconut blends perfectly with the Malibu rum, creating a rich, smooth base. I love the creamy texture in this one; it’s like an island escape in a glass, perfect for sipping by the beach.

A side shot of a Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail in a hurricane glass on a white marmol table surrounded by pineapple wedges and a half pineapple behind.

History and Origin of the Malibu Bay Breeze

The Malibu Bay Breeze doesn’t have a single, well-documented origin story, but it’s a variant of the more traditional Bay Breeze cocktail, a derivative of the Cape Codder. The Cape Codder blends vodka and cranberry juice and is a straightforward, no-frills cocktail. The Bay Breeze took this further by adding pineapple juice to the mix.

The Malibu variant specifically swaps out the vodka for Malibu Coconut Rum, lending a tropical flair to the drink. This change likely gained traction in the late 20th century, when flavored rums became increasingly popular. Malibu Rum, introduced in the 1980s, quickly found its way into various cocktails, including the Bay Breeze, to create this coconut-infused version.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Malibu Bay Breeze?
It typically contains around 250-300 calories, depending on the specific brands and amounts of juice.
How strong is a Malibu Bay Breeze?
The alcohol content usually ranges from 11-15% ABV, depending on the rum and juice ratios. That would be 22-30 proof.
What alcohol is used in a Malibu Bay Breeze?
Malibu Coconut Rum serves as the alcoholic base for this cocktail.
In which glass is it typically served?
It's usually served in a highball glass.
What does a Malibu Bay Breeze taste like?
It offers a balanced blend of sweet and tart flavors with a distinct tropical coconut undertone.
What is the ratio of the ingredients?
Generally, the ratio is 1.5 oz of Malibu Coconut Rum, 3 oz of cranberry juice, and 1 oz of pineapple juice.
How is it served with ice?
The cocktail is typically served over ice, ensuring it remains chilled.

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