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Healthy Mai Tai Recipe! (+ other luau party ideas!)

I wanted to serve a tropical cocktail for the premiere of my Hawaii Five-0 episode, and what drink says “Aloha!” better than a Mai Tai!?

A typical Mai Tai is crazy high in sugar and calories. My Mai Tai recipe packs a lot of flavor, but none of the guilt! And when you’re throwing a Hawaii Five 0 viewing party, you’re going to want to save all your extra calories for Hawaiian themed treats like dole whip and haupia pie, right?!

Disclaimer: these cocktails are strong they could easily be made weaker by reducing the amount of rum. This recipe is to make 1 drink at a time, shaken, not stirred.


  • 3 ice cubes
  • 3 ounces Light Rum (Bacardi)
  • 3 ounces Dark Spiced Rum (Captain Morgans)
  • 2 ounces Pineapple Coconut Juice (RW Knudson)*
  • 1/2 small orange, squeezed (or 1 ounce oj)
  • 2 ounces natural flavored no sugar lemon/lime soda (Zevia)
  • Cap full of Almond Extract (Simply Organic)
  • Pineapple slices for garnish

* RW Knudson makes a great natural pineapple coconut juice. If you don’t have that in your grocery store, just use regular no sugar added pineapple or a combination of 1 ounce pineapple juice and 1 ounce coconut water.


Place all ingredients into a drink shaker and shake vigorously for 5-10 seconds, or until slightly frothy. Pour into glass and garnish with a drink umbrella and slice of pineapple!

Serve with salsa or guacamole inside of a hollowed out pineapple half and you’ve got yourself a luau! Bonus points if you use mermaid tail cups.

Luau Party Food

you’ve got a lot of options!

  • Poke Station, where guests make their own poke bowls with all the toppings. Raw tuna cubes, rice, seaweed, ginger, soy sauce, mango, etc
  • Acai bowl station, Acai base with options for granola, fresh fruit, coconut, honey, peanut butter, nuts, etc
  • Hawaiian bbq with sliders or pulled pork on Hawaiian rolls with slices of pineapple. Serve with Hawaiian style potato salad
  • O’ahu has a few infamous garlic shrimp trucks – that could be a fun idea too to serve garlic shrimp with corn on the cob and Hawaiian shaved ice for dessert.
  • Or, if you’re feeling really fancy, you could do grilled mahi mahi with mango chutney, served with Hawaiian fried rice and beans.
  • ….or just put out some pineapple salsa and taro or plantain chips and call it a day.

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