But what exactly is coconut rum? It’s really coconut-flavored rum since it is not made from any part of the coconut. In the case of Malibu (which we prefer over Bacardi), the ingredients list says Caribbean rum (molasses/sugarcane distillate), water, sugar, flavouring (with coconut extract).
Is coconut rum a strong drink? Malibu coconut rum has 21% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s considered mid-range but that really depends on who’s drinking it. For those with low tolerance for alcohol, three shots and you’ll likely feel light-headed.
In this recipe, the sweet pineapple juice and the tangy grapefruit juice are the perfect companions for coconut rum. The fruit juices enhance the coconut flavor of the rum while, at the same time, creates a mix with less alcohol than one would ingest if drinking coconut rum undiluted. Try it and be amazed.
- ¾ cup grapefruit juice unsweetened
- ¾ cup pineapple juice unsweetened
- ¾ cup coconut rum
- ice cubes
- pineapple or grapefruit slices or wedges to garnish
- Prepare four glasses.
- Stir together the grapefruit juice, pineapple juice and coconut rum in a pitcher.
- Drop three to four ice cubes into each glass.
- Divide the grapefruit-pineapple-rum mixture among the four glasses.
- Drop in a pineapple or grapefruit slice or wedge into each glass.
- Serve at once.