Luau Drink Recipes

photo of a mai tai on the beach

These luau drink recipes will have your guests in a Hawaiian state of mind pretty dang quick. 

Of course you won't go wrong serving the old standards too. Piña coladas and daiquiris will always go over well. But for an authentic touch, definitely throw a couple of these luau cocktails into the mix.

It's a good idea to have a batch of non-alcoholic tropical drinks available too. The non-alcoholic versions of frozen drinks tend to have the best taste. The strong coconut and fruity flavors in piña coladas and daiquiris more than make up for the lack of rum. A lava flow without rum would be another good choice. It makes a delicious tropical smoothie.

Mai Tai

  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 3/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz. Orgeat syrup*
  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • splash of Bacardi 151 rum
  • splash of dark rum

*orgeat syrup is syrup made from almonds.

Stir together first 5 ingredients and pour into a large glass over ice. Float the 151 and dark rum on top. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or orange. 

Pink Mai Tai

  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Orange Curacao
  • 3 oz. orange juice
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • dash of Orgeat syrup
  • dash of Grenadine

Combine ingredients in the order listed in a highball glass over crushed ice. Stir and garnish with pineapple.

Tropical Itch

  • 1⁄2 ounce dark rum
  • 1⁄2 ounce bourbon whiskey
  • dash Orange Curacao or Grand Marnier
  • juice of 1⁄2 lime
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • passion fruit juice
  • 1 1⁄4 ounces Bacardi 151 rum

Fill a large glass with ice. Add first 5 ingredients. Fill glass with passion fruit juice and stir. Float 151 rum on top. Garnish with a slice of pineapple. 

Lava Flow

  • 1 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. Malibu® coconut rum
  • 2 oz. fresh strawberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. creme of coconut
  • 8 oz. crushed ice

Blend both rums and the strawberries until smooth. Pour into a tall glass. Rinse the blender and then blend the banana, creme of coconut, and pineapple juice with a cup of crushed ice until smooth. Pour this mixture very slowly over the strawberry mixture. The strawberry mixture will ooze its way up along the sides of the glass, creating the flowing lava effect. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Blue Hawaii (not to be confused with a Blue Hawaiian, below)

  • 3/4 oz. light rum
  • 3/4 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. sweet and sour mix

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve in a tall glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or an orchid.

Blue Hawaiian

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1/4 oz. creme of coconut
  • 3-4 oz. pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Pour into a glass over ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice or an orchid. 

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