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Once upon a time, long, long ago, I used to be a bartender.  Well, maybe not so long ago. Let me do the math…15 years ago, to be exact.  In my early 20s, I was a young bartender in NYC. I was a certified mixologist (if that’s actually a thing).  I actually went to a bartending school, where I spent 2 weeks learning the art of slinging cocktails and classic drink recipes.  Armed with my new skills, I went to the first place that I saw a bartending opening, and that was the local bar in my neighborhood. I spent a few years bartending, and it was then that my love for making a cocktail was born.

That’s a long time ago, but I do like to make cocktails at home from time to time, especially using Malibu® Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur and Jameson® Irish Whiskey.  Malibu is Caribbean rum mixed with coconut liqueur that’s perfect in any summertime cocktail, like this Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch.  The pineapple juice and Malibu rum are a perfect pair, and if fruity drinks are your thing, then you will love this one.

Jameson is a triple distilled whiskey, which is a blend of pot still and grain whiskey – it’s perfect in a cocktail or by itself.  This Orange Vanilla Cocktail is sort of a nod to an Old Fashioned but with a fresh spin with the ginger beer and a little less sweet for those that aren’t into fruity cocktails.  I call these His and Hers Cocktails.

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Be sure to scroll down for both recipes and click here for more inspiration.



  • Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch ingredients:
  • 1 ½ oz Malibu Rum with Coconut Liqueur
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • Orange Vanilla Whiskey Cocktail ingredients:
  • 1 ½ oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • ½ oz vanilla syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Orange peel
  • Maraschino cherry


  1. To make the Pineapple Coconut Rum Punch:
  2. Pour ice in a Collins glass. Mix Malibu rum, lime juice and pineapple juice. Pour grenadine syrup into glass then pour Malibu mixture over top. Garnish with lime wedge and maraschino cherry.
  3. To make the Orange Vanilla Whiskey Cocktail
  4. Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Add whiskey and vanilla syrup then top with ginger beer. Garnish with orange peel and a maraschino cherry.

SIP EASY. ENJOY MALIBU RESPONSIBLY. MALIBU® Caribbean Rum With Coconut Liqueur. 21% – 24% Alc./Vol. ©2017 Pernod Ricard USA, New York, NY

JAMESON® Irish Whiskey. 40% Alc./Vol. (80 Proof). Product of Ireland. ©2018 Imported by John Jameson Import Company, New York, NY