Winter Sunshine Coconut Rum Cocktail

A sunny winter rum cocktail to brighten up the winter blahs!  Made with Malibu Rum, Coconut Milk and Orange Juice.  A refreshing twist on a Piña Colada.

Updated from 2017 to include more information and tips

Do you ever wish you could just make your own sunshine? Like on those drab dreary days and weeks during the winter?  With this delicious and lively coconut rum cocktail recipe, you will feel like you are being transported straight to a tropical beach!

I am not sure how you feel about winter but for me living in Canada and being a non-skier I can do without.  Don’t get me wrong I like a white Christmas like everyone else but then I fully expect the snow to melt the very next morning!  Scram!

I was driving home the other day … it was freezing outside but the sun had the most magnificent warm orange glow over the horizon.  For just a brief second I imagined that I was driving in t

he summer heat on my way home to get bikini ready and bask in the sun for the afternoon. Well, that dream ended about the second I opened my car door and got blasted with below freezing temps… cold enough to make a polar bear feel right at home.  I would much rather be slurping a tropical beachside drink like this Skinny Strawberry Mojito.

People never really talk about Winter Cocktails but I think they should.  Hell for those of us living in cold climates a little cocktail to warm us up is just what we need!  That and to help us through cabin fever!

So I got to thinking about the warm looking but totally misleading sunshine I was blessed with today and turn it into this “Winter Cocktail” aptly named Winter Sunshine.

This coconut rum cocktail recipe is just as misleading as it sounds… It looks all snowy and cold but is brought to life with summer flavours of coconut and orange juice.  Kinda how I felt misled by that sunshine in my car that promised warmth.

This sunny Malibu rum drink is a little bit like a traditional Piña Colada.  A little lighter because it uses coconut milk instead of the heavy coconut cream and with orange juice which let’s face it is much easier to find!

The Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail is a sinch to make.  Easily double or triple the recipe to share with friends.  All you need is a good blender that can crush ice well and in my opinion a fancy glass to make you feel like you are somewhere else away from the cold…. even if it is only while you enjoy this divine cocktail. 

Maybe just sit in the sun in front of the window and pretend.  What do they say to visualize what you want and it will manifest? Ha!

how To Make A winter sunshine Cocktail

What if you don’t have Coconut Rum?

If you don’t have coconut rum on hand you can easily replace this ingredient with any white rum.  The cocktail may have a little less of the coconut flavour but will still be delicious.

Can you make This cocktail ahead of time?

I wouldn’t recommend doing so.  Because this is a frozen cocktail the ice will melt and the drink will lose its creamy texture. 

As well, this drink will separate over time with the coconut milk rising to the top.  If this happens before you are finished your cocktail simply use a cocktail mixer or straw to remix in the glass.  This does take quite some time to happen but just in case.


This recipe isn’t just for the winter.  A Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day or patio party.  Maybe just change the name for those days and call it a Sunshine Cocktail!  Cook and refreshing it is a tasty cocktail all year long!

Two martini glasses filled with a frozen orange and coconut cocktail on a black background with twinkle lights

Winter Sunshine Rum Cocktail

This coconut rum cocktail recipe is just as misleading as it sounds… It looks all snowy and cold but is brought to life with summer flavours of coconut and orange.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail Recipes, coconut milk, orange juice, Rum, Rum Cocktail, summer cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 175kcal
Cost: $5


  • Blender
  • Measuring Cups
  • Martini Glasses


  • 8 ice cubes
  • 3 oz canned coconut milk
  • 2 oz pulp-free orange juice
  • 2 oz Malibu or Coconut Rum
  • Coconut Flakes


  • Rim the edge of a martini glass with orange juice and coat rim with coconut flakes
  • In a blender combine ice, orange juice, rum and coconut milk.
  • Blend until a slushy texture.
  • Pour blended drink into a prepared martini glass and serve immediately


If you can’t find Malibu or Coconut Rum you can easily swap out this ingredient for any white rum.
Try swapping out the orange juice for pineapple juice!


Serving: 1glass | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.8g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 9.9g | Saturated Fat: 8.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 3.3g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    That’s really refreshing! I didn’t have orange juice but had cranberry juice cocktail and it turned out great. I did add a splash of diet 7-up for a little sweetness and a bit more sparkle, and even without coconut rum (just regular Bacardi), it was just coconut-y enough.

  2. 5 stars
    I made my own sunshine! Ha! Everything that I love is in this drink. It was so delicious. I’m such a sucker for anything with coconut, so I couldn’t pass it up. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I am definitely with you! After Christmas, the snow can just go away. Living in Newfoundland it tends to linger until April. So I’m going to need this winter sunshine cocktail for the next 6 months at least! Love the photos too. They really give off a sunshiny yet cozy winter vibe!

    1. You can certainly make this into a mocktail. Add a little extra orange juice or some club soda and it will be just as delicious!

  4. I love to try all the recipes for the winter drinks and cocktails but I can’t enjoy them myself as I am allergic to oranges and lemons. Do you think, I can change them with the lemon grass as it is also sour?!

    1. To be really honest I am not a huge fan of lemon grass so don’t use it much to say if it will work but maybe cherry juice would work. Plus cherry juice is excellent for arthritis and inflammation. Runners drink it a lot and in the end it cherry juice is delicious.

  5. I’m in central NY and it’s been freezing here! I know exactly where you’re coming from when you say the sunshine is a liar! This looks like the perfect antidote to the cold though, coconut and citrus always bring me back to summer

  6. Love the sound of this drink. Tropical ingredients to make your forget you car door is frozen shut. Ahhh Canadian winters. 🙂 Happy new year!

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