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  • Flaming Kona Coffee Grog: Your Tiki Cocktail for the Weekend

    Posted on December 10th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    flaming-kona-coffee-grogNothing says “Tiki” like a flaming skull full of Hawaiian coffee and 70%-alcohol rum. Just watching the tanned girl in the sarong pouring that blue flame of 151 into the mug from two feet above in the darkened corner of the Tiki Bar is enough to get my engine revving up something fierce. And once that hot concoction goes down…man, oh man! Heaven, Daddy-O.

    Flaming Kona Coffee Grog

    There are several recipes floating around for this coffee cocktail. The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale makes an incredible version, but they guard their secret recipe like gold (even if I could find it, I wouldn’t post out of respect for them). But I think Beach Bum Berry’s recipe really hits the spot. Maybe not the easiest drink to make, but hell, if they were easy, they would be really be exotic. Here it is:

    “3 teaspoons coconut cream
    ¼ oz Grand Marnier
    twist of orange peel
    twist of lemon peel
    2 whole cloves
    ¾ oz 151º Demerara rum
    hot black Kona coffee (except no imitations)
    cinnamon stick

    Turn out the lights, except for enough lit candles to set the mood. Warm cloves, peels, Grand Marnier and rum in a Pyrex dish (or that fancy little pitcher made for such drinks) and ignite. Place coconut cream in Tiki skull mug, then add hot coffee and stir. Carefully spoon the flaming mixture on top; play with the flame a little to make a good show, and stir with cinnamon stick. Make sure you put out the flame before serving to already-drunk friends.

    -Tiki Chris P reporting from the darkened corner of the mysterious Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, South Florida

  • Cold & Rainy in Sunny South Florida

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

    christmas-palm-tree-tiki-loIt’s unseasonably cold here in the land of palm trees and coconuts. All that snow from up north is working like a giant air conditioner, blowing it’s icy winds our way. It’s 55° this morning! Ahhhh!

    The good part is these little cold spells don’t last here. It will be back in the 70s by the weekend, and sunny. Supposed to dip down again next week, but only for a couple of days.

    So if you’re planning a trip to South Florida to get away from the cold, now’s a bad time to do it. Although I guess temperatures in the 60s are still a lot better than Michigan, where it’s 12.

    I think I’ll find a nice HOT drink, maybe an exotic coffee concoction for tomorrow’s Weekend Tiki Cocktail!

    Oh, and to my Jewish friends, Happy Chanukah!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from under the covers in the bamboo bed at the Tiki Bar

  • In Honor of Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941

    Posted on December 6th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

    I’m saving our weekly Mod Movie Monday for Wednesday this week, in order to post something for Pearl Harbor Day.

    First of all, let me take this opportunity to thank everyone in the armed forces, past and present for keep America safe and strong.

    It kills me that some kats don’t know what this day means. It’s like not knowing what 9/11 is, or Martin Luther King Day.

    Pearl Harbor Day isn’t just the day the Japanese sneak-attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It’s not just the day that pulled America unwillingly, although necessary, into World War II. It’s not just a day that will live in infamy. It’s the day America changed, forever.

    It’s the day that America said, “We’ve had enough.” It’s the day America realized its strength, and began building on that strength. Building airplanes, building ships, and building the strongest, most powerful nation in the world.

    It kills me that so many people have forgotten the lessons our parents and grandparents learned during the Big One. It kills me that people don’t even realize that we are at war today, and that thousands of brave men and women are fighting and dying to keep this country strong.

    scrap-metal-drive-ww2You couldn’t buy a new tire in 1945. For that matter, you couldn’t be a new car. Things like butter, milk, and gasoline were rationed, and when your ration card ran out, you stayed home and ate canned beans. You donated anything you could to the war effort, because you knew if you didn’t you’d be speaking German and listening to um-pah music instead of Duke Ellington. And all that made America strong, made America beautiful.

    I had an uncle in Pearl Harbor. My Grandfather built ships in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. I had another uncle who was a medic in the Navy and one of my family’s best friends when I was growing up had lost both of us legs and most of his fingers to a land mine in France. They were heroes, as are the people of the armed forces today, and the millions who support them. We may not like war, but we know sometimes its necessary to keep our freedom.

    I’ve never served in the military. My uncles and grandparents and parents fought hard and lived through tough times to make sure I would never have to. I get to enjoy the comfort of my Tiki bar, sitting here typing on a technological wonder that was only science fiction when the first Mitsubishi Zeroes’ bombs slammed into the Arizona. I’m sad for those losses, but I’m grateful for what I have today, because of those tough-as-nails guys that came before me.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the deck of the USS Tiki King, somewhere in the Pacific.

    See last year’s post on Pearl Harbor here!

  • Looking for a Fun Tiki Party for New Year’s Eve? If you’re in California, go to Don The Beachcomber’s Waitiki!

    Posted on December 4th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    If I weren’t 3000 miles away at the other end of the country, I’d probably be swinging down to Huntington Beach todons_home

    Don the Beachcomber Presents WAITIKI
    A Festival of Music and Cocktails
    December 29 – 30 – 31, 2010

    Being a Floridian, I’ve never been to Don the Beachcomber’s (Haven’t even been to CA yet, can you dig it?) but I can tell you, they come very highly recommended. And with the music of the WAITIKI 7, I have a feeling this is going to be one swingin’ shindig. Here’s the lineup:

    Wednesday, December 29
    “The Jazz Sides of Exotica”
    with the classic WAITIKI Quartet.

    Thursday, December 30
    “Coronation of the Voodoo Masters”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Robert Drasnin & Sherry Shaoling

    Friday December 31 New Years’s Eve
    “The New Sounds of Exotica”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Combustible Edison Alums
    Brother Cleve and The Millionaire

    You can buy tickets separately for each event. For more info, visit the website at

    Here’s the WAITIKI 7 with “Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (a.k.a. ‘Das Knaben Wundertiki’)

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from poolside at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar

  • Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink Recipe: The Bali Hai Ball, and Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon

    Posted on December 3rd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    tiki-bar-drinksIt’s Happy Hour at the Tiki Bar!

    That’s right kats and kittens, you get two for the price of one this week at the Tiki Bar! One I found while looking for something completely different, one I found while looking for a use for some aging cream of coconut. First, lets hit a very groovy Tiki Bar Cocktail,

    The Bali Hai Ball

    Even the name is great. I found the recipe at a very hip site, Tiki Drink…here it goes…

    1 oz vodka
    1/2 oz light rum
    1/2 oz banana liqueur
    1 oz pina colada mix
    1 oz pineapple juicetiki-drink

    Shake it up with ice in a shaker and serve in a tall Tiki Mug or Highball glass and garnish with all the fruit you can find. And I don’t see any reason why you can’t add a little cream of coconut in there, too.

    I found the second recipe on a book reader site, This is taken directly from their site. Check it out, there’s some fun stuff there. (Click here to see the entire post)

    “Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon

    A recipe for a drink named after Hemingway’s novel Death in the Afternoon was published in the 1935 cocktail book So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon by Sterling North and Carl Kroch. Here’s that recipe–

    Add one jigger of absinthe to a champagne flute
    Add iced champagne until it attains the proper opalescence.
    A small amount of sugar or Gomme syrup can be added to round it out, especially when using a verte absinthe.

    Here’s Hemingway’s note on the drink’s origin–

    This was arrived at by the author and three officers of the H.M.S. Danae after having spent seven hours overboard trying to get Capt. Bra Saunders’ fishing boat off a bank where she had gone with us in a N.W. gale.”


    Hemingway House in Key West, Florida

    Being a Floridian who frequents Key West, I’ve been to Hemingway’s house down there (a hell of a place) and of course to his old watering holes. I can tell you I’ve never seen this on any of the drink menus, or even heard it murmured among the locals. I guess the whole Absinthe thing keeps it from being commercially viable.

    A few mentions…

    For my South Florida fans, the Broward County Fair finishes up this weekend, with a classic car show on Saturday and rides open through Sunday. Check it out at

    Also next Saturday, December 11, the City of Hollywood, FL will be having a Hawaiian Holiday at the ArtsPark. This is a free holiday-themed Polnesian show that will feature entertainers from Hollywood-based Ohana Arts. More info here.

    With any luck, my Tiki lady & I will be at both events. I’ll be the guy in the Hawaiian shirt. Come up and say Aloha!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar for Tiki Lounge Talk, the interwebs’ b-lounge for Tiki Culture fans and Retro Hep Cats, Daddy-O!

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