The original Malibu coconut-flavored rum isn’t just a staple of every bar, it’s also one of the most venerable flavored spirits on the market, dating back to 1980. Lately, Malibu’s been branching out into other flavors, since 2004 launching Mango, Pineapple, Passion Fruit, and Banana expressions.
Malibu Island Melon marks the company’s first step into not-really-tropical territory (despite the cleverly-placed “Island” in the name I’m still not sure I’ve ever heard of a tropical melon), but since you’ll find so many recipes that use classic Malibu and Midori together, the combo makes sense.
To be sure, Malibu Island Melon is more Malibu than melon, with a strong aroma and body that exudes sweet coconut. The melon is really an afterthought here, and it’s so vague it could be anything from honeydew to watermelon. Like standard Malibu, it’s quite sweet — but not overly so — and lightly bodied. At just 42 proof it’s practically a liqueur instead of a rum.
Essentially this can be freely used in lieu of regular Malibu in any cocktail recipe. It’s not really any better or worse, just slightly different and likely to make only a subtle — though possibly engaging — difference to your drink.