Malibu Sunshine Rum

by Jason Lightner | December 19th, 2012 | Spirits

With the holiday season in full swing, everyone seems to be busy making their spiked egg nogs and hot toddys. I’ve been imbibing mostly in Scotch, as I am want to do. Tonight, however, I’ve decided to let loose and have a little bit of fun. We don’t always have to have a serious discussion about our liquor now, do we? Of course not. Sometimes it’s best to let the drink do the talking – unless you’ve had a few too many. It’s not such a good idea at that point. Anyway, on with the show!

It’s much easier for me to take flavored rum seriously than it is for me to do the same with flavored vodka. Rums are already sweet in flavor and are nowadays mainly used in complex tropical cocktails. Vodka, on the other hand, is a much more sacred spirit. In my eyes, it should be as pure as the white snow, and just as enjoyable. That being said I have no qualms in announcing that this week’s spirit of choice is Malibu’s Sunshine Rum.

The label of this fun bottle carries a circular yellow design in order to remind the holder of the sunshine of the tropics. The standard Malibu logo is display proudly in the center, along with the words “Sunshine – Sun Kissed Citrus Fruit” in fun lettering underneath. White this release is supposedly a limited summer edition, I had no problems finding it at any local liquor establishment. It seems in very high supply.

The serving suggestion on Malibu’s website states that the drink is to be enjoyed over ice, with friends. Let’s see if that’s feasible, shall we? Pouring the drink over two cubes of ice, we notice two things. One, the rum’s bright yellow color, like that of fresh pineapple juice, sparkles over the ice. Two, the rum’s scent is indeed filled with citrusy goodness. That, along with Malibu’s signature coconut flavor, should make for one tasty drink.

Cue the music, I suppose. We’ve got ourselves a winner. Does it taste like rum? Yes. Does it taste like coconut, lemon, and lime? Yes. Does it go down easy? Indeed. Is there much else to say about it? No.

This drink isn’t going to win any awards for being an artisanal masterpiece, but it wins points for being fun and easy to drink. As far as liquor goes, you could do much worse.

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