Signature Cocktails for Maui Weddings? Maybe not! You decide!

Signature Cocktails for Maui Weddings? Maybe not! You decide!

As professional chef and caterer on Maui, I do my best to keep up with wedding trends. I like finding new cocktails made with Acai and I know many of our Maui catering clients enjoy Acai cocktails. Though we don’t supply alcohol, we do supply licensed bartenders for bar services at Maui catered weddings. So, when I saw the fun cocktail names with cocktails made from Acai, I couldn’t resist sharing these Acai Signature Cocktails from Carter Reum’s “5 Signature Wedding Cocktails That RIff on Your Guest Personalities” in ‘The Huffington Post’:

The Drunken Bridesmaid:

The Drunken Bridesmaid Signature Cocktail for weddingsThis refreshing cocktail goes down easily, is light on calories and even after a few, won’t make the bridesmaid feel too heavy-headed so she can still focus on her responsibility to the bride and not the single groomsmen (although it never seems to work out that way).

1.25 ounces VeeV Açaí spirit
Fill with pink lemonade
Splash of cranberry juice
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Lemon wheel, for garnish

*Build in an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a lemon wheel.

The Best Man Wing-Man:

Signature Cocktails for weddings, The Best-Man Wing ManVeeV mixes beautifully with rum and this cocktail is festive yet decidedly masculine; perfect for the manly-men without letting them get to the stage where shirts come up and ties go around their heads.

1 ½ ounces VeeV Açaí Spirit
¾ ounce dark rum
½ ounce simple syrup
1 ounce unsweetened coconut milk
Grated nutmeg, for garnish

Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grated nutmeg.

The Overprotective Dad:

The Over Protective Dad Signature Cocktail Wedding MauiThis crisp, herbal cocktail will help dad keep a clear head so he doesn’t end up having to apologize for something he did at the brunch the next day.

2 ounces VeeV Açaí Spirit
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
5 sage leaves

Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with floating sage leaf.

The Monster In-Law:

The Monster in Law Wedding Signature CocktailThis crisp, herbal cocktail will help dad keep a clear head so he doesn’t end up having to apologize for something he did at the brunch the next day.

2 ounces VeeV Açaí Spirit
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
5 sage leaves

Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with floating sage leaf.

The Perfect Guest:

The Perfect Guest Signature Cocktail WeddingThis is the ideal cocktail for a guest who knows how to pace themselves throughout the night, without drinking too much or feeling lethargic (all that food and cake!) when the evening draws to an end…don’t worry they’ll still make some good wedding memories.

2 ounces VeeV Açaí Spirit
1-2 sprigs of mint
6 cucumber slices (thin)
1 ounce fresh lime juice
¾ ounce simple syrup

Shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice and sprig of mint. (Can also be served double strained in a chilled cocktail glass)

The above recipes appeared on ‘The Huffington Post’ article by Carter Reum, a visionary social entrepreneur who co-founded The World’s First Açaí Spirit(tm).

What do you think would be the perfect cocktail to serve at a Maui wedding? Leave your own wedding signature cocktail favorites in the comments section below.

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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