Malibu Barbie Cocktail Recipe

The cultural zeitgeist as of late is highlighting all things Barbie, which means the more pink, the merrier. Whether you're dressing in pink, incorporating pink decor everywhere you see fit, or even finding new ways to eat and drink pink, the fashion doll's current revival is bigger than ever. While viewing the new "Barbie" movie might be first on your list, it's always fun to expand the many possibilities of adding more Barbie into your life. Tasting Table recipe developer Chanel Murphy-Lowe ran with this idea, creating a Malibu Barbie cocktail recipe you'll want to mix up whenever drinks are on the agenda. 

Murphy-Lowe shares that her inspiration was "to create a tropical and visually appealing pink drink." To do so, she relies on "pineapple juice and cranberry juice to provide a sweet and tangy flavor profile," also nothing that "Malibu rum adds a hint of coconut for a tropical twist." Meanwhile, the pièce de résistance — and Murphy-Lowe's favorite ingredient in the drink — is the hibiscus syrup, which she says "adds a floral and vibrant element to the cocktail." Whether you're looking to infuse your evening with a pop of pink or are in the mood for a fun new drink, this Malibu Barbie cocktail checks the boxes. 

Gather the ingredients for this Malibu Barbie cocktail recipe

To make this delightfully pink cocktail, you'll need to start by preparing hibiscus syrup with water, sugar, and dried hibiscus flowers. Murphy-Lowe explains that "the hibiscus syrup provides a layer of complexity to the cocktail, elevating it beyond a regular fruity drink." The floral notes, she says, "add depth and a subtle sophistication to the overall flavor profile. It's a unique twist that sets this Barbie cocktail apart from others and makes it memorable." 

Next, pink rimming sugar is a must in order to bedazzle your glass. The rest of the drink consists of pineapple nectar or juice, cranberry juice, Malibu rum, and Sprite for a fizzy touch. If you want to make your cocktail extra special, Murphy-Lowe suggests adding pineapple slices and leaves, as well as Maraschino cherries, as garnishes.

Start by prepping the glasses

To enhance this drink beyond a mere rum cocktail, a bit of glitz and glitter is in order. Pour a few tablespoons of rimming sugar into a bowl and lightly dampen the rim of 2 cocktail glasses. Then, dip the rims one by one into the sugar in order to coat them in pink. Once the glasses are garnished with sugar, set them aside until you're ready to pour the drinks.

Make the hibiscus syrup

Next, set a small saucepan on the stovetop and add the water, sugar, and dried hibiscus flowers. Then, turn the burner to medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Keep stirring while you heat the contents for 5 minutes or so until the sugar dissolves. Then, take the saucepan off the stovetop and leave the hibiscus to steep in the syrup until the liquid becomes dark red. At this point, use a strainer to pour the syrup into a separate bowl, leaving the flowers behind. You'll want to set the syrup aside to cool completely before using it for the cocktail to avoid immediately melting the ice.

Combine the ingredients in the shaker

Next, add pineapple juice, cranberry juice, Malibu rum, and 2 ounces of hibiscus simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. As for the extra syrup, keep it handy to top up your glass or store it in a clean and sealed container in the fridge for later use. "When stored properly, the syrup can last for up to 2-3 weeks," Murphy-Lowe notes.

Fill the rest of the shaker with ice cubes and shake the contents vigorously to combine all the elements together. Next, add some ice to the sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses. Then, strain and distribute the cocktail mixture evenly between the two glasses.

Top with Sprite and garnishes, and serve

Finish by pouring Sprite into each glass to top it off, then gently stir the contents. Murphy-Lowe clarifies that "the quantity of Sprite needed for 2 drinks can vary based on personal preference. As a general estimate, you can start by adding about 2-3 ounces of Sprite to each cocktail. Adjust the amount according to your desired level of fizziness and taste."

Finally, add 2 pineapple leaves, a slice of pineapple, and a Maraschino cherry to each glass as an extra garnish if desired, which will certainly transform this cocktail from ordinary to Barbie-worthy. "To round out the Barbie cocktail experience, you can serve tropical-themed snacks such as fresh fruit skewers, homemade coconut shrimp, or pineapple salsa with tortilla chips," Murphy-Lowe suggests. We're sure Barbie would approve!

Malibu Barbie Cocktail Recipe
5 from 32 ratings
It's Malibu Barbie season: Celebrate with this tropical-in-flavor, pink-in-color cocktail.
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Malibu Barbie cocktail with pineapple
Total time: 20 minutes
  • 2-4 tablespoons pink rimming sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 ounces pineapple nectar or juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces Malibu rum
  • Ice, as needed
  • 4-6 ounces Sprite, to taste
Optional Ingredients
  • Pineapple leaves and slices, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish
  1. Moisten the rim of two cocktail glasses with water and coat them with pink rimming sugar, then set aside.
  2. Combine the water, granulated sugar, and dried hibiscus flowers in a small saucepan.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Remove from heat and let the hibiscus continue to steep until the simple syrup is dark red.
  5. Strain out the hibiscus flowers and let the syrup cool completely.
  6. In a cocktail shaker, add the pineapple juice, cranberry juice, Malibu rum, and 2 ounces of hibiscus simple syrup (reserve the rest for another use).
  7. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously to combine the ingredients.
  8. Fill the cocktail glasses with ice.
  9. Strain and divide the cocktail mixture equally into the glasses.
  10. Top off each glass with Sprite and gently stir the cocktails.
  11. Garnish each glass with 2 pineapple leaves, a pineapple slice, and a cherry, if desired.
Calories per Serving 514
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 105.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 102.2 g
Sodium 15.3 mg
Protein 0.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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