Malibu Dew Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Malibu Dew is a relatively modern cocktail that combines the tropical flair of coconut with the zesty kick of citrus soda. It's a hit at beach parties and casual gatherings.

  • Origins:
    • The exact origin is unclear, but it's a product of the flavored rum craze.
  • Popularity:
    • Loved by those who enjoy sweet, tropical drinks.
  • Culture:
    • Often associated with laid-back, summertime vibes.

How Malibu Dew Tastes?

The Malibu Dew is a sweet, refreshing cocktail with a tropical coconut flavor that's balanced by the tangy citrus of Mountain Dew. It's light on the palate with a playful fizziness.

Interesting facts about Malibu Dew

  • Versatility:
    • Can be served on the rocks or blended for a slushie effect.
  • Variations:
    • Some bartenders add a splash of pineapple juice for extra tropical taste.
  • Occasions:
    • Perfect for summer parties or as a poolside drink.


Malibu Coconut Rum

The Malibu Coconut Rum is the star of the show, bringing a sweet and tropical coconut flavor that's synonymous with good times and beach vibes. Too little and the drink lacks its unique kick; too much and you might as well be sunbathing in a coconut grove. Leaving it out? You'd simply lose the essence of the 'Malibu' in Malibu Dew.

As an alternative, you could use another coconut-flavored spirit or even a spiced rum for a different kind of kick.

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Mountain Dew Citrus Soda

Mountain Dew here acts as the sprightly dance partner to Malibu's laid-back beachy tunes. Its citrus zing lifts the drink and adds a sharpness that balances out the sweetness of the rum. Not enough Dew? The cocktail becomes a tad too mellow. Too much? You're in the caffeinated soda territory with a faint hint of the tropics. Go sans Mountain Dew, and you'll miss out on the fizzy excitement that gives this drink its name.

If you're out of Dew, a lemon-lime soda like Sprite or 7UP could step in, but with a little less edge.

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Recipe. How to make Malibu Dew Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of Malibu Coconut Rum over the ice.
  3. Top with approximately 6 oz of Mountain Dew Citrus Soda.
  4. Stir gently to mix.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).

Pro Tips

  • Chill: Make sure both the rum and soda are chilled for a more refreshing cocktail.
  • Balance: Adjust the rum-to-soda ratio to cater to different sweetness levels.
  • Presentation: Serve in a glass with a rim of sugar and shredded coconut for a tropical look.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Spicy Appetizers: The sweet and tropical flavors of the Malibu Dew complement the heat from spicy dishes, such as jalapeño poppers or buffalo wings.

Light Salads: A fresh garden or citrus salad can complement the refreshing nature of the cocktail without overpowering it.

Grilled Seafood: The coconut in the Malibu Rum pairs well with seafood, especially if it's grilled with a hint of lime.

Fruit Platters: A platter of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, and papaya will echo the tropical vibe of the Malibu Dew.

Drink Pairings

Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic option that maintains the tropical theme, try coconut water.

IPA Beers: The hoppiness of an IPA can contrast nicely with the sweetness of the Malibu Dew for those who want a beer option.

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What you could change in Malibu Dew

  • Rum: Any coconut rum can be used if Malibu isn't available.
  • Soda: In a pinch, any citrus soda or even lemon-lime seltzer can substitute for Mountain Dew.

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Malibu Sunset Dew

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Malibu Coconut Rum, 4 oz Mountain Dew, 1 oz orange juice, a dash of grenadine. Recipe: Follow the original recipe but add the orange juice before topping with Mountain Dew. Finally, add a dash of grenadine and let it sink to create a 'sunset' effect. This variant adds a fruity layer and a visual punch that brings the dusk at the beach right to your glass.

Electric Coconut Spark

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Malibu Coconut Rum, 6 oz Mountain Dew, 0.5 oz blue curaçao. Recipe: Add the blue curaçao after the Malibu, then fill the glass with Mountain Dew. The blue curaçao injects an electric blue hue and a slightly bitter orange flavor, making this version a showstopper at any neon-lit party.

Malibu Dew on the Rocks

Ingredients: 1.5 oz Malibu Coconut Rum, 6 oz Mountain Dew, served over crushed ice. Recipe: Instead of using ice cubes, fill the highball glass with crushed ice before adding the rum and soda. This slushy-like twist will chill down your sipping experience and make it even more refreshing, perfect for those scorching days.

In case you forgot basics how to make Malibu Dew

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Malibu Dew

Can the Malibu Dew cocktail be made in large batches for parties?

Yes, the Malibu Dew can easily be scaled up to serve a crowd. Simply maintain the ratio of ingredients and mix in a large pitcher or drink dispenser. Remember to add ice shortly before serving to keep it chilled without diluting the mixture too much.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Malibu Dew for designated drivers or non-drinkers?

Certainly! A non-alcoholic version can be made by substituting the coconut rum with a coconut-flavored syrup or coconut water, and maintaining the Mountain Dew as the mixer.

What kind of ice is best to use for the Malibu Dew?

While any ice can be used, larger ice cubes or spheres are preferred as they melt slower and won't dilute your drink as quickly as smaller, traditional ice cubes.

How can I make my Malibu Dew more visually appealing for a themed party?

In addition to the recommended lime wedge garnish, consider adding a small paper umbrella, or use edible glitter to give the drink a sparkly appearance. You can also rim the glass with colored sugar that matches the drink's hue.

Are there any known allergens in Malibu Dew cocktail?

The main allergen concern with the Malibu Dew could be the presence of tree nuts, as some coconut rum brands, including Malibu, may contain traces of almonds or other tree nuts. Always check the label and consider your guests' dietary restrictions.

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