Coconut Rum Sunrise Cocktail is a sweet, refreshing drink. Lightly alcoholic, it’s a perfect drink for hot summer days and makes any brunch extra special.
I love layered cocktails like the Lava Flow and stacked drinks like the B-52. So, I thought I would create my own lightly, boozy drink that would have definite layers. You might think making these types of drinks is hard, but I promise you it is not hard at all.
Just remember to put heavy weighted liquors or liquids on the bottom and lighter ones one top. This is why this orange juice and rum cocktail starts with a layer of cream of coconut in the bottom of the glass. It is the heaviest of the ingredients.
The simplest layered cocktail is a Tequila Sunrise. Orange juice and tequila are mixed and pour over ice. Then grenadine is poured into the drink. Because the grenadine is heavier than the orange juice and tequila, it sinks to the bottom of the glass and you have the beautiful red and orange cocktail that is still a favorite drink today.
So, are you ready for something new to sip on this summer? My Coconut Rum Sunrise Cocktail will surprise you with every sip!
Step 1 – Put cream of coconut into the bottom of a glass and top it off with crushed ice.
Step 2 – Mix coconut rum and orange juice together and pour over the crushed ice.
Step 3 – Pour the grenadine in a steady stream into the cocktail.
Step 4 – Cut a slice of orange to garnish the drink. Garnish the drink and add a straw.
My Twist on a Classic Cocktail
This cocktail is an update on the Tequila Sunrise Cocktail and my twist on this classic cocktail is to use coconut. Coconut rum is substituted for the tequila and a layer of cream of coconut in the bottom of the glass gives extra sweetness and beauty to this drink.
I like moving my straw up and down through the cocktail. Sometimes I just want to taste the orange and coconut layer and sometimes I like just a tiny sip of the cream of coconut. My husband likes to stir the layers and mix the cream of coconut and grenadine into the orange juice and coconut rum layer.
Although, the Coconut Sunrise looks fancy, it is extremely easy to make. If you are having company over, you can mix the orange juice and coconut rum in advance. Then, you can easily make this drink as needed. It only takes a minute to assemble each drink.
Substitutions and Variations
♥ Mocktail Version - Omit the coconut rum and increase the orange juice to 6 ounces. Add ½ teaspoon of coconut extract to the orange juice for coconut flavor.
♥ Aperol Version – If you would like a less sweet drink, substitute Aperol for the grenadine syrup.
For extra fun I like striped straws for this cocktail, but any straw will do!
Coconut Rum Sunrise Cocktail
- 4 Ounces Orange Juice
- 2 Ounces Coconut Rum
- 2 Ounces Cream of Coconut
- Crushed Ice
- 1 ½ Ounces Grenadine Syrup
- Slice of an Orange
- Shake or mix together orange juice and coconut rum. Set aside.
- Pour cream of coconut into the bottom of a 16-ounce glass. Gently fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Pour the orange juice and coconut rum mixture over the ice.
- Add grenadine in a slow steady stream. The grenadine will fall to the bottom of the glass and rest on top of the cream of coconut.
- Do not stir. Add a straw and garnish with a slice of an orange.
- Serve immediately.