A Recipe for Summer Wedding Cocktails and Summer Heat Wave Cooling

A Recipe for Summer Wedding Cocktails and Summer Heat Wave Cooling

Planning your tropical island destination wedding or wondering what summer wedding cocktails to serve when it gets hot? While we often serve the traditional Maui Mai Tai, a Maui Passionate Lilikoi Mojito and other traditional Hawaiian cocktailsA refreshing summer cocktail recipe for weddings or other hot weather events. including the classic Blue Hawaiian and Pina Coloda, I’m always seeking out new and refreshing cocktail ideas to serve at wedding receptions and Maui catered events. This week, thinking about the mainland summer heat wave of 2012, I discovered a refreshing rhubarb cocktail idea you may want to try at home:

Rosemary Rhubarb Cocktail Recipe
by Kimberley Stakal

Makes 1 Cocktail (and 4 cups rhubarb puree, enough for 3 additiona cocktails)

6 stalks fresh rhubarb, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (reserve 1 slice of whole orange for garnish)
1/4 cup honey
2 fresh rosemary sprigs (and more for garnish)
2 1/2 ounces gin, tequila or rum
2 ice cubes
Soda to taste (lemon-lime soda for sweeter version or plain soda for less sweetness).

Combine coarsely chopped rhubarb, orange juice, honey and rosemary in a medium stockpot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a very low simmer and cook, covered until very soft, about 30 min. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Using a food processor, puree the rhubarb mixture until smooth. Set aside 1/4 cup to use for one cocktail. Use the remaining puree in 3 more cocktails or store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.Rhubarb rosemary summer cocktail recipe image.Prepare a lowball or other cocktail glass: Place a small amount of water on small plate and sugar on a seperate small plate. Dip the rim of the glass the water; then the sugar enough to coat the rim. Place the 2 ice cubes in the prepared cocktail glass.

Combine reserved 1/4 cup of rhubarb puree and rum or other liquor in a shaker or tall glass. Whisk well. Pour into the prepared glass over the ice cubes. Top off with soda and gently whisk again to mix. Enjoy!

Photo and Recipe Credits: View this Rosemary Rhubarb Cocktail Recipe by Kimberly Stakel on OrganicAuthority.com.

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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!

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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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​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!

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