If you love Malibu, listen up. Actually, if you don’t particularly like Malibu, you should also pay attention because the coconut rum brand recently released a new flavored bottling that even skeptics will like: Malibu Lime.
The new product, which comes in the signature white bottle (there’s a lime on the label to set it apart), markets itself as Caribbean rum with lime liqueur. It’s 21 percent alcohol (the same as its coconut-only cousin) and tastes much more subtle than you might expect. If you think you’re in for a sugary coconut bomb with just a hint of lime, think again. In fact, the coconut takes a back seat to the lime in this spirit. It’s straight up citrusy—not quite like fresh lime, but like a good glass of limeade with a splash of coconut water. Unlike a lot of flavored spirits, this one actually makes sense. Lime and coconut are two flavors that belong side by side, so it’s amazing it took this long to put them together in the same bottle.
Mix Malibu Lime and soda water for a refreshing low-cal cocktail, add a half-ounce to a Daiquiri for a tropical twist, mix it with cola for an easy two-ingredient Highball (that tastes a whole lot more complex), or shake it up with some pineapple juice for a cheater’s Piña Colada. We probably won’t be sipping Malibu Lime on the rocks come summer, but we did try it straight at room temperature and didn’t bat an eye. This is easy-drinking stuff with many cocktailing possibilities.
Seriously, if you think your Malibu days are as far behind you as college graduation, go ahead and give Malibu Lime a try. (You can do it from the privacy of your home so none of your rum snob friends see you.) At less than $20 per bottle, you have nothing to lose.