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  • There’s Something Kookie In The Kitsch-en!

    Posted on June 4th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Kelly Camille Patterson of The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en
    Kelly Camille Patterson of The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

    Kelly Camille Patterson and Paul Spencer whip up some old fashioned fun with a retro ’50s feel

    If you’re into retro and Tiki fun stuff, (what am I saying, of course you are, you’re reading this) then you’re probably the kind of kat or kitten who will dig The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en. Their Blounge (web-lounge) consists of vintage recipes, original exotic drink recipes, fun pix, and their main vein…The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en pod casts.

    The pod casts (it’s hard to call these little snippets of ’50s style TV shows something so modern) are funny as heck. They sort of mock the “humorless lifestyle experts who suck the fun out of entertaining, cooking and decorating with their obsessive perfectionism.” They’re fun and kookie and silly, with Patterson perfectly portraying the typical 1950s housewife with a borderline creepiness that accelerates what might be just another “old fashioned cooking show” into something much more entertaining and fun to watch. This seasoned actress seems to know just how to maintain the balance between kitschy and “oh my god, she’s going to kill everyone with a butcher knife”. It’s her eyes. She almost never blinks. I love it.

    Kelly doing a TV show.

    Kelly doing a TV show.

    Paul Spencer of The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

    Paul Spencer of The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

    The shows are silly but the drink & chow recipes are real, and look good. They are knockin’ on the door of 20 episodes of this little TV flick, with topics ranging from Jello molds to tips on organizing your next protest march with cocktails. The episodes are nice and short, and always show off their very impressive collection of mid-century albums, art, housewares, books and Tiki stuff. Very kool.

    The site has a nice section of exotic cocktails, the recipes of which they have concocted themselves. I haven’t tried them yet, but looking at the recipes I can tell you they look interesting and tasty. They also have a section of actual vintage party food recipes…things like “broiler tuna burgers”…again, you don’t know if this is good or just creepy, but it sure is authentic.

    Check out the Blounge at, or on FaceBook. Here’s one of their episodes that typifies the fun…(good god, those eyes!)

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the TV room at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar. Aloha, kids!

  • The Hurricane – Your Tiki Bar Exotic Cocktail for the Weekend

    Posted on June 4th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    hurricane-drink-2June 1st kicked off Hurricane Season here in Sunny South Florida. That can be very scary if you’ve lived through a hurricane. However, if you drink enough rum, you can get through anything.

    Such was the case at Pat O’Brien’s in the late 1940s. Forced to buy extra cases of rum in order to get his whiskey orders filled, Pat (I guess) found himself surrounded by the stuff, and needed a way to dump it without losing his shirt. So he (or someone there) invented

    The Hurricane Cocktail.

    Now, as it is with most exotic cocktails, the original recipe has been twisted and bastardized until it’s something completely different. I even found a recipe using ‘almond syrup’. I think they got a half-assed Mai Tai recipe confused with a Hurricane. Anyway, I even checked out O’Brien’s site…lotta good that did…their recipe says to mix rum with O’Brien’s Hurricane mix. Yeah. Thanks.

    So here’s the recipe that seemed like it would be close to something made during the golden age of drinking. It’s complex but not too complicated. It sounds like it would taste good. And it has two kinds of rum, thus perpetuating the “I came up with this concoction to get rid of all this damned rum” story.

    • 2 oz light rum (try Meyers Silver)
    • 2 oz dark rum (Try Meyers Dark or Appleton Estate)
    • 2 oz passion fruit juice
    • 1 oz orange juice
    • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
    • 1 Tbsp grenadine
    • juice of one half lime
    • orange slice and cherry for garnishhurricane-drink-1

    Throw everything into a shaker with ice, then squeeze in the lime. Shake it up real good and strain into a chilled hurricane glass. Garnish with the orange and cherry and a little paper umbrella.

    You could make a frozen one by blending with ice until smooth, if you want to add that ’80s feel to your party.

    Enjoy your Hurricane, and let’s hope there aren’t any real Hurricanes this year, ok? Kool.

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Hurricane shelter in the garage at Tiki Lounge Talk.