For the original Lion King fans out there – you know, the ones who are now old enough to drink – today I’m sharing a fun Hakuna Matata rum cocktail – and a sneak peek of the new upcoming live action remake!
African Sunset Cocktail Recipe
Have you seen the new trailer for Disney’s new “live action remake” of the Lion King? Jon Favreau is directing it and I think it looks amazing:
Disney seems to be keeping pretty hush-hush on the details for this one – but as more details come out I will keep you updated!
What I can tell you is that it has a pretty stellar cast – Childish Gambino as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Eric Andre as Ed the Hyena, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa… can you say star-studded?!
The plot follows the same narrative as the original – but I’m sure with Favreau at the helm, it’s going to have some interesting twists!
(PS – you can download any of these posters and print them out if you have any Lion King fans at home who would like it!)
To tide us over in our excitement over the announcement, my brother helped me come up with this delicious Lion King-inspired cocktail, which I’ve titled the “Hakuna Matata,” because you will have zero worries after a couple of these!
I will caution you – this drink is STRONG. It’s similar to a Bahama Mama but less sweet and a bit less fruity. The spiced rum provides a nice balance to the coconut and banana liquors and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous – like an African sunset!
It would be great for grown-ups to enjoy during a family movie night – and I most definitely will be serving these when the movie comes out and we all gather to see it!
By the way, while I’ve used Malibu Coconut rum before, Chic Choc was a new ingredient for me and it did not disappoint! It’s a unique spiced rum, made in Canada, produced with six indigenous spices harvested from the boreal forest of the Chic Choc mountains, and features a spicy bouquet with nuances of sugar cane and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle peppery tone. Highly recommended!
Check out our quick recipe video for how to make this Hakuna Matata Rum cocktail (or my longer version on Youtube that features my pretty face), and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab our free printable recipe card:
Hakuna Matata Cocktail Ingredients
- 1 oz grenadine or maraschino cherry syrup, or to taste
- 1 1/2 oz spiced rum
- 1 1/2 oz coconut rum
- 1 1/2 oz banana liquer
- 4 oz pineapple juice
Tip: I was conservative with this cocktail, only having 2 1/4 oz of liquor per drink. If you’d like a stronger drink, increase the amounts given here or use the amounts here to make a single drink instead of two.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Liquid measure
- Cocktail glasses
- Ice maker
How to Make a Hakuna Matata Cocktail
Add grenadine or maraschino cherry syrup to the bottom of each glass (1/2 oz each) and fill each glass with ice.
Pour in the liquors one at a time – spiced rum, banana liquor, and coconut rum (3/4 oz each).
Top with pineapple juice, and garnish with an orange slice for the sun and a maraschino cherry as a nod to Simba’s anointment (the red mark made by Rafiki).
Grab your free printable for our Lion King cocktail recipe:
This delicious rum cocktail recipe is a fun way to celebrate the release of the new Lion King movie and would be perfect for a family movie night or for enjoying with grown-up friends who are excited for the new release as well!