The Joy of a Night Out

| June 13, 2013 | 116 Comments

The Hook Malibu and Diet Sarahs Cucina Bella

Sitting in a dimly lit restaurant with good company, enjoying good conversation and mouthwatering food and drinks — it’s a colossal treat. A joy, even. To say that we don’t get out enough is the understatement of the century — so when I was asked to go out for a nice dinner and sample drinks with Malibu Island Spiced Rum, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I mean, seriously, who am I to say no to a nice night out?

So I stuck the diffuser on my hair dryer and fancied up my hair. Then I tossed on a favorite dress and pretty sandals and away we went to The Hook, a local restaurant that I’ve heard great things about.

The Hook has rustic exposed brick walls, a hoppin’ bar area and a separate dining area set in the back. We settled in and checked out the menus and specials.

When our server arrived, I asked immediately about Malibu Island Spiced and then ordered a Malibu Spiced and Diet Cola. I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into ordering it. I haven’t had a rum and cola in years, and have never had one with a rum like Malibu Spiced, but I was excited to try it.

Have you heard of the new Malibu Island Spiced Rum? It’s a bold Caribbean rum with coconut, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. But perhaps best of all, it’s lower in calories — with just 70 calories per serving.

So the drink … my husband laughed as I paused to photograph it before taking a big sip. But what’s a blogging girl to do? Once I finally did take a sip, I discovered that the coconut flavor of the rum was an amazing complement to the diet cola. The layers of flavor in the drink were refreshing and even a little exciting — especially since it was so different. Moreover, it didn’t taste like something low in calories — it was positively decadent.

The Hook Meal Sarahs Cucina Bella

My Malibu Spiced and Diet Cola paired perfectly with the light and satisfying dinner I had. We started with The Hook’s fabulous crusty bread with kalamata olives, cheese and roasted garlic. Then came the fresh salad dressed with a just-right vinaigrette. For dinner, I chose the chicken special, Pollo Aregosta. Sauteed chicken, lobster meat, roasted red peppers, red onions and capers swam in a light garlic white wine sauce. It was amazing.

The Hook Steak Sarahs Cucina Bella

And, of course, it was great with my husband’s big New York Strip Steak too. But doesn’t everything go with a good steak?

Thanks so much to Malibu for encouraging us to get out on the town — and for introducing us to this fab new drink. Yes, we’ll be having it again.


Disclosure: I was compensated for our night out and for writing this post by Malibu via BlogHer. All opinions are my own.


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MALIBU ® Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur & Natural Spices, with Truvia® Sweetener. 30% Alc./Vol. (60 Proof) ©2013 Imported by Pernod Ricard USA, Purchase, NY

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*when mixed with your favorite zero calorie mixer. Limes and other garnishes may add calories


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Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Natalie S says:

    I would add flavored ice cubes!

  2. Kelly D says:

    I would add Diet Cherry Cola and cherries, with some fries on the side.

  3. Mami2jcn says:

    I would add diet coke and a cute umbrella!

  4. Mami2jcn says:


  5. Shelley says:

    I would mix it with cranapple juice!

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  6. Jessica To says:

    I like fruity drinks so I would add a little bit of pineapple juice.

  7. Elena says:

    I would add some pineapple juice

  8. Elena says:

  9. rachel travis says:

    Sparkling water :)

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

  10. courtney b says:

    with a slice pf lime and cherries

  11. amy pugmire says:

    I would add some sprite and some lemons.

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    I would only add club soda, water it down a bit.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  13. Susan Smith says:

    I’d mix it with pineapple and coconut.

  14. sandra says:

    i want to try the lanai bound

  15. Amy Tong says:

    What a fun night out! :) I love Malibu. The perfect spiced cocktail I make has Malibu, blended with frozen pineapple, a little chili pepper for the kick and finish all off with some club soda. It’s really good.

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  16. Erika says:

    Maybe with vanilla ice cubes. :)

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  17. Holly Wert says:

    with oj and sparkling water

  18. Jessie C. says:

    I would add lime and cherry to make my perfect Malibu Island Spiced Cocktail
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  19. Jessie C. says:


  20. Janice Cooper says:

    I would add strawberries, bananas and coconut milk to make a fruity drink

  21. D Schmidt says:

    I would make a cocktail of spiced rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, some strawberries and a banana blended.

  22. Add a dash of pineapple juice!

  23. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Add some soda or pineapple juice

  24. Debbie B says:

    i would mix it with diet coke!

  25. rachel says:

    Lots of ice, Coca Cola and Malibu!

  26. Ashley Tucker says:

    I’d try it with some pineapple juice!

  27. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would mix it up with iced tea.

  28. Erica Best says:

    str up on the rocks

  29. Erica Best says:

    i tweeted but i can’t post link for some reason @purplelover04

  30. Peter G says:

    Use diet soda because so many of my guest are counting calories. I would put a little sword with fresh fruit across the top of the drink.

  31. Janice Whitaker says:

    Pineapple juice would be good to mix with it.

  32. Katie K says:

    add pineapple juice and some coconut water

  33. Cynthia C says:

    I think it would be good with cola and lime.

  34. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d love to add Diet coke and ice.

  35. tiffany lane says:

    Grenadine goes well with everything…

  36. LAMusing says:

    I’d add pineapple juice and a splash of coconut cream

  37. Kiara says:

    I would add pineapple juice.

  38. Lisa V. says:

    No recipe needed…straight from the icebox.

  39. Emily says:

    Coke and cherries.

  40. Stephanie V. says:

    with elderflower essence and sprite

  41. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh mine would be with some orange juice and an orange slice! YUM
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  42. Laura Jacobson says:
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  43. Karla says:

    I would add fresh coconut milk to my drink.

  44. Kim H says:

    I would add fresh fruit

  45. Ellie W says:

    I would add it tropical punch and add orange slices as garnish.

  46. Christina Sparks says:

    By adding Dr Pepper and cherries

  47. laurie damrose says:

    I would add Strawberries and make it like a Sangria drink.

  48. HilLesha says:

    I’d add pineapple juice. :)

  49. Diane baum says:

    I would add a twist of lime juice and some fresh fruit

  50. Daniel M says:

    sprite and pineapple juice

  51. mickeyfan says:

    Diet Coke (never Pepsi), extra ice and plenty of lime in a tall glass.

  52. ky2here says:

    Key Lime, Pomegranate juice and sparkling water.

  53. ky2here says:

    for some reason, it’s not possible to copy and paste my tweet here. so it’s tweeted from @ky2here1 and I’ll provide proof including date and time if you select this entry. The timestamp is 8:13 PM although it was 9:13P EST

  54. Suzanne K says:

    I’d make it with blackberry juice

  55. Lisa says:

    with pineapple juice and fruit

  56. tina reynolds says:

    I would add it to some sprite

  57. s riches says:

    My Malibu cocktail would be made with lemons and limes.

  58. angie lilly says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm the flavor combo here sounds wonderful! bet it would be good in a spicy tea over ice, like chai!

  59. crystal smith says:

    id mix it with pineapple juice, a splash of sprite and grenadine- yum :)

  60. Mihaela D. says:

    some pineapple juice :)

  61. cassandra mccann says:

    I would add fresh fruit

  62. Kerry says:

    I think I would just add some pineapple juice!

  63. Debra Ford says:

    I’d add some pineapple juice and crushed cherries.

  64. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’d put pineapple juice in mine, yum!

  65. Marcia Goss says:

    I think it would be good with some orange juice and a cherry.

  66. CharityS says:

    I would add pineapple & mint

  67. gina says:

    With diet ginger ale and a lime.

  68. Tamar says:

    With pineapple juice :)

  69. I think Malibu Spiced Rum would be delicious with some cherry coke!

  70. Carolyn G says:

    Some fresh fruit with a little club soda and spice rum

  71. Crystal F says:

    I’ve never had rum so I’m not sure but maybe I would try it with some sprite. I’m not sure if that goes together or not. lol Thank you!

  72. Betty C says:

    With pineapple juice, a slice of pineapple and a cherry

  73. I haven’t had a rum and coke since my last trip to Barbados, where the Malibu Rum Plant is actually located! I would sip it straight to be honest, so I guess that makes my answer ‘neat’.

  74. Denise L says:

    With orange juice and Sprite!

  75. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would mix it with pineapple juice.

  76. id mix mango juice with it

  77. Tabathia B says:

    I would substitute sprite and ice cubes

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  78. Shawn says:

    I would use fresh pineapple juice and a cherry.


  79. Gianna says:

    With pineapple juice.

  80. meredith says:

    guava juice and ice!

  81. Kenny F says:

    add coke

  82. Mari says:

    I’d like Malibu Spiced and Diet Cola. Maybe a slice of lime, too.

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  83. Becky Richied says:

    I have it with a pineapple chunk garnish and a spash of pineapple juis or orange juice.

  84. joni says:

    Island Spiced and Sunkist soda sound good with a splash of Coconut.
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  85. I would add brown sugar!

  86. steph says:

    i’d add oj and ice!

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