How to Luau: Roy’s Hawaiian Martinis

September 9th, 2009 by katie

One of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii was Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine.  Although there are Roy’s restaurants all over the world, their fresh pineapple infused martini will always embody Hawaii in my mind.  Roy’s signature drink can be seen infusing in huge glass jars all around their outdoor bar and a fresh batch is made every couple of days in the summer.  A mixture of vanilla vodka and coconut rum infused with fresh pineapple slices, and served with a slice of marinated pineapple, this drink is smooth and creamy with a thick layer of sweet foam on top.  Start a batch of these today and enjoy them with friends next weekend for an end of summer luau!

Hawaiian Martinis

makes 2500 ml, prep 10 minutes, allow to infuse about 1 week
  • 1500 ml (2 750 ml bottles) vodka
  • 500 ml vanilla vodka
  • 500 ml coconut rum (like Malibu)
  • 2 fresh pineapples, cut into 1 inch wedges
  1. In a large (6 quart) container with a spigot-such as a lemonade, ice tea, or a punch dispenser-layer pineapple.
  2. Pour alcohol over pineapple making sure to completely cover the pineapple.
  3. Allow to infuse at least a week, will stay good much longer as long as the pineapple slices remain submerged.
  4. To serve (makes 2 drinks), measure out 4-6 oz liquid.  Add along with ice to a martini shaker and shake vigorously.
  5. Strain into two martini glasses, garnish with a wedge of marinated pineapple.

This recipe is different from other recipes on the web but is straight from the bartenders at the original Roy’s in Hawaii.  Their mix is huge though: 2 bottles of vanilla vodka, 2 bottles of coconut rum, and 6 bottles of regular vodka.  Feel free to do the math if you want to make an even smaller batch.

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8 Responses

  1. marguerite

    That sounds delicious!!!

  2. noble pig

    I have had these at Roys and Love them!!!

  3. Linsey

    Then you take the pineapple and blend it up in your pina-coladas.
    SO GOOD!!

    I LOVE Roy’s! We have 1 in Austin and it is AWESOME!

  4. Frank

    David Embury is rolling over in his grave, I am sure, but this sounds pretty good.

  5. Lori @ Lemons and Lavender

    Oh Katie, this looks wonderful! I can’t wait to try them the next time I have a large gathering at my house.

  6. Cyndy

    I know this is late in coming. I made this by cutting the recipe waaaay down and it is FANTASTIC! I can’t thank you enough! We blogged it and linked your site. Awesome cocktail.

  7. Emily

    I made a variation of these for a Halloween Party and they were fantastic! My recipe was one bottle of regular vodka, one bottle vanilla vodka, 1/4 bottle of coconut rum,two small pineapples, and about 32 oz of pineapple juice. Cut the pineapple and let it soak with the vodka. On the day of the party, add the pineapple juice. Except for the beer that people brought themselves, this was the most popular drink and it did make a lot since we had about 20 people and there was still some left.

  8. Lisa

    Just had my first but not my last Hawaiian Martini at Roy’s Las Vegas. It was excellent. Will try to make for Thanksgiving this year. May try Emily’s variation so not to have excess.

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