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Malibu Bay Breeze

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This Malibu Bay Breeze is a delicious, tropical fruit rum cocktail. Made with pineapple, cranberry and coconut rum. A refreshing sweet summer drink.
A tropical fruit cocktail with umbrellas

This Malibu Bay Breeze is a delicious tropical cocktail made with rum and fruit juices.

A glass of Malibu Bay Breeze with a yellow umbrella and lime wedge

I love making delicious and easy cocktail recipes at home. And it is SO easy to make this Malibu Bay Breeze recipe!

You just need a few ingredients and you are good to go.

Two Malibu Bay Breeze cocktails with umbrellas, shells, and flowers

Bay Breeze History

The Bay Breeze cocktail is based on the Cape Codder cocktail.

Cape Codder is simply vodka with cranberry juice, garnished with a lime wedge.

The Bay Breeze is difference because it adds in pineapple juice for a tropical flair.

A tropical fruit cocktail with umbrellas

Bay Breeze Variation

So if a Bay Breeze is a Cape Codder with pineapple, what makes this a Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail?

It gets its name from Malibu rum!

Remove the vodka and swap it out for Malibu rum, and now you have a Malibu Bay Breeze!

Top view of two glasses of Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail with umbrellas in them

Assembling the Drink

I have seen people say that this drink should be shaken over ice and strained, but it just seems not necessary.

Go for it if you want, but this easy cocktail is made even simpler by just building it in the glass itself.

Pour all of the ingredients over ice and you are ready to drink!

Plus, by pouring everything in one by one instead of shaking, you get a beautiful color variation where the cocktail shifts from yellow to orange to red.

Red and yellow rum cocktail in a glass


The classic garnish is a lime wedge, which is interesting considering there is no lime in the cocktail.

My guess is that this comes from the cocktail’s roots in the Cape Codder.

The lime does bring an element of brightness and fresh flavor.

Other great garnish options could include a pineapple wedge (as a nod to the ingredients), an orange wedge, or even a cherry!

No matter what, I serve this cocktail up with an umbrella. The more tropical a cocktail feels, the more tropical it needs to look!

Close up of Malibu Bay Breeze cocktail in a glass with ice

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A tropical fruit cocktail with umbrellas

Malibu Bay Breeze

This Malibu Bay Breeze is a delicious, tropical fruit rum cocktail. Made with pineapple, cranberry and coconut rum. A refreshing sweet summer drink.
5 from 24 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Tropical
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 196kcal



  • Fill a rocks or highball glass with ice.
  • Pour the ingredients, in order, over the ice. This order will give you the color variation you see in pictures. Alternatively shake and strain, or stir, to evenly distribute.
  • Serve immediately.


Peach schnapps is optional for a Malibu Bay Breeze, but I find it rounds out the fruit flavors without overpowering the pineapple and cranberry. 


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
By on April 28th, 2021

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16 thoughts on “Malibu Bay Breeze”

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! This drink is definitely mine and my hubby’s favorite! So refreshing and very yummy! Definitely going to make this again!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun and refreshing summer drink!! Perfect for the warmer weather ahead – can’t wait to make it this week!

  3. 5 stars
    Love rum cocktails. I enjoyed this recipe with Cubana Club rum and a spike with three cubes of pineapple (replaced umbrella). Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this drink, the summer flavors of peach and especially pineapple juice have made this a repeat recipe for me.

  5. 5 stars
    This drink seems so refreshing and perfect for summer. I’m also a big fan of pineapple juice so I’m definitely looking forward to try it.


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