3 Reasons Why Signature Cocktails are a Maui Wedding Reception Trend

3 Reasons Why Signature Cocktails are a Maui Wedding Reception Trend

In the course of catering Maui beach wedding location at private estate in Lahaina on West Maui.events on Maui for the past 10 years, I’ve noticed a recent wedding trend emerge. Nearly every inquiry for a Maui catered wedding reception includes a request for signature cocktails. Most couples getting married on Maui request bar service between the time of their wedding ceremony and the wedding reception. The ‘cocktail hour’ provides opportunity for the wedding photographer to capture the bride and groom sunset wedding pictures. Isn’t that one of the reasons you are getting married in Hawaii and why you picked a beach wedding location on Maui? So, with Aloha Friday on my mind, I share a few reasons why serving a personal signature cocktail is a popular trend for destination wedding receptions:

A Maui Chef Provides 3 Reasons Signature Cocktails are Popular at Wedding Receptions on Maui

  1. A signatureA signature cocktail for a catered wedding on Maui. cocktail personalizes the event with your own taste and style. Utilize the signature cocktail served at your wedding reception to reflect your personal tastes and things you enjoy as a couple. Select your favorite liquor paired to match the colors in your wedding theme. Your guests will appreciate enjoying the same cocktail the two of you enjoy!
  2. A signature cocktail is an opportunity to merge your enjoyment of paradise with the tropical flavors of Maui. Fortunately, Maui offers an abundance of fresh tropical fruits, herbs and spices available to combine for the perfect marriage of ingredients catering to your style and tastes matched with the natural beauty and ambiance of your tropical island wedding in paradise. Since you’ve already decided on getting married on Maui, design a cocktail featuring one or more of the many fresh tropical fruits seasonally available on Maui. Localize your wedding reception signature cocktail for your destination wedding in Hawaii by featuring one of two unique ingredients: Did you know Hawaii is the only US state growing coffee and vanilla?
  3. A signature Affordable Maui wedding with beer, wine and a single signature cocktail.cocktail adds a personal touch to your wedding while ensuring wedding budgets are met. Since you’ll decide the ingredients for your signature cocktail, including the brands and quality of the liquor, wine or other ingredients. Serve a single signature cocktail of your choosing along with beer, wine and champagne to minimize your wedding expenses by avoiding the cost of a hosting a full bar service.

Chilled sangria offers a refreshing alcoholic beverage and is an affordable alternative to traditional cocktails with hard liquor. Having difficulty selecting your own signature cocktail for your wedding won Maui? Try one my signature cocktail creations, the Maui Lilikoi Mojito. The Maui Lilikoi Mojito is a play on the classic Mojito with the addition of fresh Maui Lilikoi. Lilikoi is the Hawaiian name for Passion Fruit! What could be more perfect than a passion fruit signature cocktail for the passionate couple’s wedding on Maui? We enhance the original Mojito with local Maui Lilikoi combined with muddled fresh mint locally grown on Maui. Then, we garnish the Maui Lilikoi cocktail with a little more Maui flavor using a raw Hawaiian sugar cane stick for the stir stick. Get my complete Maui Lilikoi Mojito signature cocktail recipe.A Maui original signature cocktail, Chef CJs Passionate Maui Lilikoi Mojito.

Limit the time for your cocktail service to an hour or hour and a half. This allows plenty of time for professional wedding photographers to capture the new bride and groom’s wedding photographs as well as family shots and a photo shoot of the wedding party. Any longer and your guests may get antsy and possibly over indulge while waiting on the rest of the wedding reception celebration to get underway. One way to ensure guests don’t get hungry is to accompany your wedding cocktail hour with pupuPassed Appetizers at a catered Maui wedding reception the Olowalu Plantion House wedding in West Maui.. service. Pupus is the Hawaiian word for hors d’oeuvres. Your guests may enjoy passed pupu service, an appetizer buffet or other cocktail hour food service.

If you need more signature cocktail ideas or inspiration to plan the bar at your Maui wedding, be sure to review a few of our past atricles on cocktail receptions:

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit