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Malibu Daiquiri with Aperol Recipe (Coconut Rum Cocktail)

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You’ll love this Malibu Daiquiri with Aperol Recipe if you’re craving a delicious drink that’s easy to make and perfect for warm summer days. This coconut rum Aperol cocktail is a crowd-pleaser, with its sweet and tangy taste that will leave you feeling totally refreshed. Make them for your next pool party or game night with friends.

A pink cocktail in a short glass with a pink salt rim and mint garnish.
Let’s make this easy Malibu Daiquiri with Aperol cocktail recipe!

Why you’ll love this Coconut Rum Cocktail

This coconut daiquiri is perfect for anyone who loves sweet, tropical flavors. The combination of Malibu rum and Aperol plus coconut cream, and fresh lime juice creates a unique, delicious rum cocktail that’s sure to please. 

I love to show you ways to use up the liquor you have on your home bar in multiple ways and this one uses 2 bottles that you may already have sitting around.

This coconut cocktail is also easy to make, even if you’re not an experienced bartender. In just a few simple steps, you’ll have one of my favorite cocktail recipes for summer that really beats the heat.

Related: Spiced Rum Daiquiri

A traditional daiquiri is made with white rum, but this one has a coconut twist. The combination of sweet and tangy flavors makes it a versatile Aperol cocktail (that isn’t a spritz!) that pairs well with a variety of summer dishes, from grilled burgers to fresh salads.

It’s easy to make this rum and Aperol cocktail in large batches, and the bright color makes it a great choice for entertaining guests at a summer barbecue or pool party.

Ingredients

The ingredients to make a Coconut Daiquiri with Aperol in small bowls on a table.
What you need to make this rum and Aperol cocktail.

The coconut rum is the base spirit of this cocktail, adding sweetness and flavor. I use Malibu rum but you can use whatever coconut rum you have on hand.

Aperol is a unique Italian liqueur with a slightly bitter taste, that adds depth to the drink. It’s a go-to ingredient for a traditional summer spritz, but I love to find other ways to use it so the bottle doesn’t just sit sadly on your bar.

The coconut cream and lime juice work together to create a tropical taste, while the maple syrup or honey adds a dash of sweetness. Of course, you can also use simple syrup if that’s all you have on hand. 

Paprika and chili flakes add a unique twist to the presentation and flavor.

Step-by-Step Directions

Woman adding Aperol to a cocktail shaker for a coconut daiquiri.

To a cocktail shaker add the Aperol then coconut rum.

Woman pouring lime juice into a cocktail shaker.

Add the lime juice, coconut cream and maple syrup.

A cocktail shaker with a coconut daiquiri with Aperol on a counter with lemon slices and a cutting board.

Add ice then shake the mixture until everything is well incorporated.

A Malibu Rum and Aperol cocktail in a short glass with a mint garnish on a table.

Rim the glass with paprika and chili flakes (optional) and fill with ice.

Strain the coconut Aperol cocktail into the glass.

Garnish with lime, lemon, or orange wedges.

I served this yummy summer cocktail in my favorite stemless wine glasses but you could also serve it in a daiquiri glass or a hurricane glass for even more of a tropical feel.

Tips 

  • Try to use cold ingredients when making this drink for the best flavor.
  • If you don’t have coconut cream, you can use coconut milk instead (the kind that comes in a can, not the runny kind in the refrigerator section). It is unsweetened so you may need to add a little simple syrup.
  • You can use Cointreau instead of Aperol if that’s all you have. It will add a little bit more sweetness so use less of your preferred sweetener, taste and adjust.

​​How to Make it Your Own

Fresh Fruit – Adding a few slices of fresh strawberries, pineapple, or watermelon can enhance the tropical taste of the drink and make it even more fun.

Extra Spice – Try adding a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the cocktail shaker for a warm and cozy twist.

Switch Up the Sweetener – Experiment with other sweeteners, such as flavored simple syrups, for a different taste. My Vanilla Cinnamon Syrup would be delish!

Top It Off – A splash of sparkling water will add a little fizziness you’ll love! I love to use club soda to make a cocktail feel a little bit lighter, especially in summer. 

Garnish It – Add an array of mint leaves, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced fruit to make it look like a party in a glass.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Aperol a spirit or a liqueur?

Aperol is a type of Italian liqueur that has a slightly bitter taste and is made from orange, roots and barks.

What does Aperol taste like?

The taste of Aperol is unique. It’s sweet but slightly bitter, like the rind of an orange and is infused with rhubarb, herbs and barks. It adds depth to cocktails and reminds me a little bit of the spiciness of cocktail bitters. 

Should Aperol be refrigerated?

Aperol does not require refrigeration to keep it fresh, but it has the best flavor when served chilled.

How long does a bottle of Aperol last once opened?

Aperol can last around a year, once opened, as long as you store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. The longer it is open, the potency will lessen so try to use it within the first few months. 

Can you use something other than coconut rum?

Yes, you can use another type of rum in this cocktail. A classic daiquiri uses white rum while spiced rum is also really tasty. Since the drink also has coconut cream, you won’t lose all the coconut flavor if you leave out the Malibu rum.

A creamy coconut daiquiri with Aperol in a short cocktail glass on a table with ingredients around it.

This Daiquiri with Malibu Rum and Aperol is the perfect go-to drink for any summer event. This easy-to-make cocktail is a crowd-pleaser with its unique flavors and refreshing taste that can be modified by using simple variations. 

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More easy Aperol Cocktails

Or try this Coconut Rum White Russian!

A stemless wine glass with a pink cocktail made from coconut rum and Aperol on a table.

Malibu Daiquiri with Aperol Recipe

This creamy Coconut Daquiri recipe uses Aperol to round out the flavors. It's quick to make and delicious to drink. Make one next time you're looking for a drink recipe to make with Malibu rum or Aperol!
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 419kcal

Instructions

  • Rim the glass by rubbing fresh lime on the edge of the glass, then dipping the wet edge in a mix of paprika and chile flakes on a plate.
  • Combine the coconut rum, Aperol, coconut cream, lime juice, and maple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Add fresh ice to the prepared glass.
  • Strain the cocktail into the glass.
  • Garnish with fresh mint and/or lime wedge.

Notes

  • Try to use cold ingredients when making this drink for the best flavor.
  • If you don’t have coconut cream, you can use coconut milk instead (the kind that comes in a can, not the runny kind in the refrigerator section). It is unsweetened so you may need to add a little simple syrup.
  • You can use Cointreau instead of Aperol if that’s all you have. It will add a little bit more sweetness so use less of your preferred sweetener, taste and adjust.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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