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  • Weekend Drink Recipe: The Red Death

    Posted on October 9th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    retro-drinks-cocktails-hi-and-lowWith Halloween only a few weeks away, I thought I’d slide you kids some spooky juice. Here’s a recipe for a concoction monikered

    The RED DEATH

    1 oz Amaretto
    1 oz Peach Schnapps
    1 oz Sloe gin
    1 oz Southern Comfort
    1 oz Vodka

    Shake everything up in a shaker and strain over rocks in a very tall glass. You can make it redder for you Halloween party by throwing in a couple of drops of red food coloring.

    BOO!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Haunted Tiki Island

  • Halloween: The perfect season to read “Murder Behind the Closet Door”

    Posted on October 7th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Murder Behind the Closet Door by Chris Pinto

    Murder Behind the Closet Door by Chris Pinto

    Ok kids, I don’t often blow my own horn but I gotta tell ya, if you want a spooky, creepy, eerie, sometimes scary and very kool book to read this Halloween season, my book “Murder Behind the Closet Door” has it all. It’s an old-time murder mystery detective novel wrapped up in a paranormal mystery. A ghost story with a twist. Kind of Micky Spillane meets Stephen King. It’s written in that old, 50’s-70’s style that we retro kats love. In fact, the story takes place in Wildwood, NJ on the Jersey Shore in 1978-79 with flashbacks to 1938 and 1957.

    For a full run down on the book and a few pages to read visit the site at Amazon.com Here, or the official website at StarDust Mysteries Here.old-car

    If you dig my writing style here at the Tiki Lounge, you’ll dig this tome. It’s already got eight great reviews on Amazon, and everyone who reads it has been hip to it in the utmost. Here’s a little snippet of the story:

    Riggins’ heart tried to jump out of his chest but his ribs got in the way.
    He stumbled and backed up to a large tombstone. The phantoms where all around him now, swirling, screaming. The sky was as dark as twilight and the temperature seemed to drop to 40 below.
    Swirling, screaming, moaning, closing in.
    Heart Pounding.
    Vision hazy, breathing difficult.
    The wraiths moved in for their attack.
    Like a sudden flash from a fired gun the spirits pummeled Riggins from the front and back. He could feel their freezing forms fly through him, icing up his guts. He mustered every last ounce of strength just to stand there, but he wouldn’t give in, wouldn’t fall to the wrath of the phantoms. Ice bit at his face and hands. Reilly’s faceless mass tore through his chest, stopping his heart for a second. One more like that, he thought, and he’d be a gonner.

    I don’t want to give too much away so that’s all you get for now. Trust me, if you like ghosts, the paranormal, the occult, and gumshoe detective stories you’ll love this book.

    Happy Halloween Season, kids
    -Tiki Chris P.

  • Creature Double Feature Movies for Mod Movie Monday: Satan’s Cheerleaders, 1977 and Cheerleader Camp 1988

    Posted on October 5th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

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    It ain’t often I recommend a move I haven’t seen yet…but I truly dig Satan’s Cheerleaders, and needed another cheerleader horror flick to complete this week’s duo. I searched around and found a flick that looks like it will be a 10 on the cheesy, so-bad-it’s-good meter: Cheerleader Camp. So kats & kitties, without further ado, here’s

    Satan’s Cheerleaders from 1977

    and Cheerleader Camp from 1988

    What can be better than watching dim-witted cheerleaders get partially naked and wind up dead?

    Satan's Cheerleaders

    Satan's Cheerleaders

    How about them being victimized by a Satanic Cult-leading Lilly Munster? I first came across Satan’s Cheerleaders after discovering “The Cheerleaders” sort-of-trilogy from the ’70s. Satan’s Cheerleaders wasn’t part of it, but continued the cheerleader movie tradition in a very wicked way. It’s one of those late-70s, low budget movies where you just know the cutest girl was given and extra fifty bucks to do a topless scene. It features John Ireland and Yvonne De Carlo along with a small part by John Carradine, along with a bunch of jailbait that will make you wish the cheerleaders at your school were really like them. The special effects aren’t very special, and the movie doesn’t take itself very seriously which makes it lots of fun to watch. Poorly written, poorly acted, who cares; the girls are hot and you’ll be screaming at the ridiculousness of it all!

    Cheerleader Camp

    Cheerleader Camp

    Now this other flick, Cheerleader Camp…Haven’t seen it yet but I know it’s going to be a blast. It’s got a rating of two stars on IMDB which insures its absurdity. But how could you not enjoy a movie with Leif Garret and Teri Weigle (the porn star) from 1988? I would imaging the cheerleaders are loose and wear leggings even in the summer. Reviews point out that there is plenty of flesh and plenty of blood, and the plot is so bad you’ll have it figured out in the first five minutes…so you can sit back and enjoy the ’80s silliness without worrying about a plot!cheerleader-camp-betsy-russell-1

    Food & Booze: The cheerleaders at my high school drank Peppermint and Peach Schnapps, so I’d say take a shot every time someone gets slashed. Or your can try this recipe for

    The Bloody Cheerleader

    1 oz  Peach Schnapps
    1 oz  Coconut Rum
    1 oz  Silver Rum
    Cranberry Juice

    Fill a tall glass with ice and add the shots of peach schnapps and rums. Stir lightly, the way you’d softly touch a cheerleader on the third date, then add the cranberry so it looks like blood gushing in. Garnish with a cherry, of course.

    For food, I’m thinking camp stuff…hot dogs, burgers, pop corn, fries, maybe grill the dogs over an open fire. Finish things off with Devil’s food cake, of course. Or Devil Dogs. Or Deviled eggs. You get the idea.

    Here’s the trailer for Satan’s Cheerleaders:

    And for Cheerleader Camp (AKA Bloody Pom Poms, of course)

    Lilly Munster trying to be evil

    Lilly Munster trying to be evil

    – Tiki Chris reporting from the alter concealed behind the wall of the Tiki Bar.

    Tiki Lounge talk, you’re Halloween Headquarters for spooky movies all through October.

    Note: For the bloodiest, most disgusting murdered teenage cheerleaders ever put on mainstream film, see House of 1000 Corpses.

  • It’s International Exotic Cocktail Day! (Plus your weekend drink, the Mai Tai)

    Posted on October 1st, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

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    (Aloha! This is the post from 2010. 2011’s International Exotic Cocktail Day is set for October 7. Check out the Facebook Page for more info and updates, and cheers!)

    It’s here – the day we’ve all been waiting for – International Exotic Cocktail Day! So come on in swingers, pull up a drink and get fabulous!*

    We’ll be celebrating at the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale tonight. They don’t know it yet, but they are about to become the world’s starting gate for the event. Who knows, maybe in 20 years it will be something else they are known for!.

    So wherever you are kids, grab a drink, mix a drink, make a virgin drink if you’re too young or on the wagon, and toast to the wonderful life full of Tiki and retro fun stuff that we’re all so luck to be hip to.

    Cent’Anni! Cheers, and Mahalos to you all!

    -Tiki Chris

    *I stole that line from Futurama.

    Your Weekend Cocktail: The Mai Tai

    In honor of the day, I thought it appropriate to feature the drink that started it all, the Mai Tai. Depending on who you talk to it was created by either Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic in the 1930s or 1940s. I’ve done extensive research on the subject (translation: I looked at a couple of websites) and have found that the Beachbum Berry is probably the most reliable source, and he says it was Don the Beachcomber, so I’m going with that. Check out BB’s page on the subject at BeachBumBerry.com.

    Here’s the classic DTB recipe, updated for modern availability:

    •    1 oz Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
    •    1 oz Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
    •    1 oz fresh lime juice
    •    1/2 oz Orange Curacao.
    •    1/4 oz Simple Syrup.
    •    1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

    Add to a shaker with crushed ice and shake it up, baby. Pour over rocks in a Tiki mug or Old Fashioned glass and garnish with mint sprig, so that you sense the mint as you take in the drink. An umbrella is mandatory, unless you have a fresh tropical flower to replace.

    Make no mistake, this is the REAL Mai Tai. Anything with pineapple juice, anything red, anything that tastes sweet and sticky is not a Mai Tai, although lesser bars will try to pass off these concoctions to you. Insist on the best, or make it yourself!

    Aloha!