Maui Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Maui cocktail, named after the Hawaiian island of Maui, is a tropical delight that has been enjoyed by vacationers and locals alike for many years. This fruity concoction is perfect for sipping by the beach or poolside, and its vibrant colors and flavors are reminiscent of the island's lush landscape and laid-back atmosphere.

  • Originated in Hawaii
  • Popular among tourists and locals
  • Perfect for beach or poolside sipping

How Maui Tastes?

The Maui cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and refreshing drink with a hint of tartness. The combination of pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices creates a well-balanced and tropical flavor profile, while the coconut rum adds a smooth and creamy finish.

Interesting facts about Maui

  • The name 'Maui' comes from the Hawaiian island of Maui, known for its beautiful beaches and lush landscapes.
  • The cocktail's vibrant colors are reminiscent of a Hawaiian sunset.
  • Coconut rum is a popular choice for tropical cocktails due to its smooth, creamy flavor and ability to pair well with fruity ingredients.


Coconut Rum

Coconut Rum brings the tropical vibe with its sweet, nutty flavor. Why 1.5 oz? It's the perfect balance to let the coconut sing without outperforming the chorus of juices. No rum? You'll miss the boat to flavor island! But a non-alcoholic coconut flavor syrup could save the sail. A dash more and you might find it too sweet, a dash less and you'll lose the tropical whisper.

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Pineapple Juice

2 oz of sunshine here, Pineapple Juice adds acidity and sweetness for a refreshing kick. Skip it, and you're denying your taste buds a fruity fiesta. Substitute with mango juice for a twist, but pineapple's unique tang will be missed.

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Orange Juice

1 oz to brighten the mix! With a citrus zing, it complements the tropical notes while keeping things balanced. Too much, and you risk a Vitamin C overload; too little, and the flavor dims. Mandarin juice could step in, but it's like replacing the sun with a lamp—still bright, but not as warm.

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Cranberry Juice

1 oz for a touch of tart. It's the color of a sunset and adds depth to the flavor profile. Without it, the cocktail loses contrast. A splash extra, and you'll pucker more than kiss. Raspberry juice might fill in, adding a similar hue but a sweeter, less crisp finish.

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1 cup to keep it cool. Ice is the unsung hero here; it keeps the Maui chilled and dilutes the mix just right as it shakes and shimmies. No ice, and it's a lukewarm letdown. Crushed ice could work, making it even cooler, if that's your frosty fantasy.

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Garnish: Pineapple Wedge and Maraschino Cherry

It's the beachy attire—without it, your cocktail is underdressed. A pineapple wedge lends authenticity, while the cherry adds a pop of color and fun. Miss the garnish, and the Maui loses its postcard-perfect look. Swap in an orange wheel for a different twist, but it's like wearing socks with flip-flops—functional but quirky.

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Recipe. How to make Maui Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cranberry juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker until it's frosty on the outside for a well-chilled drink.
  • Use freshly squeezed juices for a more vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your glass beforehand to keep your cocktail cooler for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Tropical Fruit Platters: Pairing the Maui cocktail with a platter of tropical fruits, like mango, kiwi, and papaya, complements the fruity flavors of the drink.
  • Grilled Seafood: The sweetness of the coconut rum and fruit juices in the Maui cocktail pairs well with the smokiness of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Spicy Foods: Spicy dishes, such as Caribbean jerk chicken, are balanced out by the sweet and tangy flavors of the Maui.


  • Coconut-based Desserts: Macaroons or coconut cream pie enhanced by the coconut notes in the rum.
  • Citrus Sorbets: Refreshing lemon or lime sorbets can be a palate cleanser after sipping on this tropical drink.

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What you could change in Maui

  • Coconut Rum: Can be substituted with white rum or vodka for a less sweet version.
  • Pineapple Juice: Mango juice can be used as a substitute.
  • Orange Juice: Substitute with grapefruit juice for a more tart flavor.
  • Cranberry Juice: Pomegranate juice can be used as a substitute.

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Blue Maui

Substitute cranberry juice with blue curaçao. Expect a tropical lagoon in a glass. It's sweeter, with a hint of bitter orange. The vibrant blue will make waves at any party.

Ingredients: Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Blue Curaçao, Ice Recipe: Follow the original steps but use blue curaçao instead of cranberry juice. Taste Profile: Sweeter with a citrusy backdrop, it's a swim into bolder seas but just as refreshing!

Maui Sunrise

Add a splash of grenadine. Watch the sunrise in your glass with gradients of red bleeding into the yellow, a true spectacle. It tastes sweeter and adds a note of pomegranate.

Ingredients: Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, Grenadine, Ice Recipe: After pouring the drink into the glass, add a splash of grenadine and let it settle at the bottom. Flavor Profile: It's like the original Maui with a touch of romance—slightly sweeter, yet complex enthralling.

Virgin Maui

Skip the rum and add coconut water. For a non-alcoholic spin that’s refreshing and hydrating. It lacks the kick of rum, but it's as fun and inviting as a hula dance at a luau.

Ingredients: Coconut Water, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, Ice Recipe: Use coconut water in place of rum and shake well. Flavor Profile: It's wholesome yet spirited, like a mocktail wearing a lei, ready to party sober-style.

In case you forgot basics how to make Maui

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Maui

What type of glass should I use for the Maui cocktail?

While the type of glass can vary, a highball glass is most commonly used for the Maui cocktail. This type of glass helps to showcase layered cocktails.

Is the Maui cocktail a strong alcoholic drink?

The Maui cocktail is typically not considered a strong alcoholic drink as it contains just 1.5 oz of coconut rum. However, the strength can vary depending on the amount of alcohol added.

Can the Maui cocktail be made alcohol-free?

Yes, you can make an alcohol-free version of the Maui cocktail by simply leaving out the coconut rum. The blend of fruit juices will still provide a refreshing tropical drink.

Can I use bottled juices instead of freshly squeezed juices?

Yes, bottled juices can be used for convenience. However, freshly squeezed juices can provide a fresher, more vibrant flavor.

What can I do if the cocktail is too sweet for my liking?

You can adjust the taste according to your liking by reducing the amount of fruit juice or adding more citrus juice to balance out the sweetness.

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