The Most Popular Summer Cocktails for Weddings in Maui

The Most Popular Summer Cocktails for Weddings in Maui

When dreaming about a wedding in Maui, one cannot help but envision festive colorful Tropical cocktails with an umbrella. The Hawaiian Islands are renowned for creation of Pina Coloda cocketail with fresh tropical fruit for Maui wedding cocktails image.several tropical libations back in the 1950’s. Any celebration, particularly a wedding in Maui, would not seem quite right without a Maui Tai, Pina Colado or other tropical cocktail. With hundreds of colorful cocktails to choose from, pick the right drink to complete a Maui wedding day. The following list provides a short description of some of the most popular summer cocktails for weddings in Maui:

HAWAIIAN TROPICAL COCKTAILS (ideal for summer weddings in Maui)

Blue Hawaiian Cocktail – Invented in 1957 by bartender Yee, in Waikiki, this drink is a blend of blue curacaoClassic Hawaii Cocktail, Blue Hawaiian cocktail is always makes a colorful splash as cocktails for Maui weddings., pineapple juice, vodka, and rum. Some recipes call for crème de coconut, making it a Piña Colada that matches the blues of the ocean! Pictured to the right, the Blue Hawaiian drink is served in a 10-ounce cocktail glass with a garnish of fresh Maui pineapple.

Tropical Itch – Yee modified the recipe of the Blue Hawaiian that same year, creating the Tropical Itch, a cocktail made with orange curacao, passion orange juice, and rum. This drink is traditionally served with a bamboo backscratcher. Imprint with your Maui wedding date for a unique wedding favor.

Mai Tai – The Mai Tai, one of the most notorious tropical cocktails, often present at weddings in Maui, was ironically, invented in California in the 1940s. The drink, roughly translated from Tahitian as “Out of this World,” has changed throughout the years, from rum-focused to fruit-layered. Our Maui bartenders recommend a classic Mai Tai recipe as pictured below.

Mai Tai cocktails are a classic tropical cocktail for Maui Hawaii weddings.

Lava Flow – This variation of a Piña Colada gets its name from its reddish tinge, colored by the frozen strawberries. It is made with coconut rum, light rum, a banana, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and frozen strawberries. The strawberries and rums should be blended separately from other ingredients. Key Lime Colada, this dessert-inspired cocktail mixes vanilla rum, Key Lime Cream liqueur, piña colada mix, and fresh pineapple juice.


Martini – H.L. Mencken, American journalist, essayist, and editor, named the martini “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” It is made with Maybe not a Hawaiian cocktail, the margarita is a tropical cocktail for Maui Hawaii weddings.gin and vermouth, and can vary greatly (chocolate martini, apple martini…)

Manhattan – Another old-time favorite is the Manhattan, originating from the mid 19th century, made with whiskey (traditionally rye, Canadian, bourbon, blended, or Tennessee whiskeys are used), sweet vermouth, and bitters. This cocktail adds a classic touch to weddings in Maui.

Margarita – Although the Margarita originates from Mexico, it is the perfect summer cocktail for weddings in Maui. It is made from tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, and lime or lemon juice.

Daiquiri – Originating from Cuba and considered a favorite by author Ernest Hemingway, this drink is made from rum, lime juice, and sugar/sweetener.

Cosmopolitan – Some attribute this cocktail’s claim to fame to television show ‘Sex and the City’ character Carrie Bradshaw. This drink is made from vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice.

Hand crafted Mojito cocktails from our licensed bartenders for weddings on Maui.

Planning tropical island wedding in Maui? I recommend any of these drinks to add a splash of color to your special Maui wedding day. Begin planning your Maui wedding today, create a catered cocktail party menu to the cocktails or get more Maui wedding tips by suscribing to our Maui catering blog. Comments are welcome 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