A Refreshing Cocktail Recipe for Maui Wedding Receptions

A Refreshing Cocktail Recipe for Maui Wedding Receptions

Tangerine, lime and mint fresh local Maui ingredients for the best cocktail recipes.Maui Catering Blog Guest Author Philip Johnson: Prior to departing for Vegas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his wife Marilyn, Chef Christian recommended we use the fresh mint from his porch herb garden along with fresh fruit my wife recently acquired. So, needing to find a fun cocktail recipe to celebrate Aloha Friday and wanting to utilize Chef Christian’s recommendation to use the mint with the tangerines and lime, I set off to find a cocktail recipe! Because I’m not nearly as creative or comfortable in the kitchen as I am at providing Internet marketing advice, I turned to my go to recipe solution at saveur.com. If I were getting married on Maui (again), I would serve this refreshing variation of the traditional Margarita at my wedding!

Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita

MMMmmm. Fresh locally grown Maui tangerines from a friend’s backyard tree. What could be better? With tangerines in abundance on Maui at this time of year, as is local Maui tradition our upcountry friends shared what they couldn’t use along with fresh limes grown in Wailuku, Maui. Nothing beats the taste of locally grown juicy Fresh organic tropical tangerines, lemon and mint for Maui cocktails.fruit picked earlier in the day! All this beautiful fruit inspired us to want to do something special with it. What do I do when I have a recipe question? What else? I ask a chef! Fortunately, Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen lives across the street and loves sharing cooking advice or providing suggestions for using the fresh ingredients available on Maui. Without fail, Chef CJ always has an answer or suggestions to our cooking questions. I give him an ingredient or ask questions about technique and he never fails to come up with a recipe, ideas or advice. So, when we mentioned to Chef CJ that we were seeking ideas for our ingredients, he suggested using the fresh mint he grows with the Tangerines. Then, Chef left for Vegas before we could get a specific recipe. Oops. Alas, armed with the Maui Chef’s inspirational idea and Saveur.com, I was able to find a recipe using the tangerines, lime and mint to make Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita.

Prepare the Recipe Ingredients

Locally grown fresh tropical fruit for a Maui cocktail.

The cocktail recipe sounded delicious! I knew we would want more than one drink. So, I began the prep to make the Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margaritas. As Chef Christian recommended, when I follow any recipe I like to prep everything ahead of time. Doing so makes it easier to assemble the recipe without being interrupted preparing or measuring ingredients. Cocktail preparation is similar to other recipes. I don’t want to spend the time getting the ingredients together for each cocktail serving. Instead, I began zesting several Tangerines. I wanted to ensure I had enough zest for several cocktails. Next, I juiced the Tangerines and Limes into separate containers. Performing this step ahead of time makes it easier to assemble individual cocktails while enjoying time with companions. At least we won’t need to waste any time salting rims for this Margarita. The only garnish recommended is a sprig of mint and a tangerine twist.

Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita Recipe Ingredients

A homemade Maui cocktail recipe using tangerine, mint and limes.2 oz. fresh-squeezed tangerine juice
½ tsp. tangerine zest
1 oz. fresh lime juice
5 fresh mint leaves
2 oz. reposado tequila
1 oz. sparkling water
Mint sprig, for garnish

Grab your shaker, add your ingredients, except sparkling water, shake and pour into a highball glass, add sparkling water on top, toss in your garnish and you are ready to enjoy a perfect Tangerine Mint Sparling Margarita. Adding Tangerine juice and mint to a traditional Lime Margarita gives it such a unique and delicious twist for a seasonal or a wedding cocktail with bright color!           

Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita from Chefs Mary Sue Millken and Susan Feniger in Saveur.com.

Does this sound like a refreshing cocktail for Maui weddings? Use the comments to let us know if you make the cocktail recipe at home. Chef Jorgensen will return next week with more Maui catering tips and helpful advice for brides getting married on Maui.

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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