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  • Early Autumn Cocktail Recipes: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink

    Posted on September 30th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Early Autumn Cocktail

    Early Autumn Cocktail

    While the rest of the country is getting that September chill, it’s 90° here in sunny south Florida!

    Since it’s Early Autumn, I thought it would be kool to kick out the

    Early Autumn Cocktail Recipe.

    Early Autumn is also a very keen jazz standard, immortalized by the swinging saxes of Woody Herman’s Heard (see the video below). This is a great song to play while you mix this interesting cocktail:

    Recipe for 8 servings

    •    1 1/2 cups vodka
    •    1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 5-6 lemons)
    •    1/2 cup Galliano
    •    1/4 cup honey liqueur (such as Barenjager)
    •    flowering fresh thyme sprig, for garnish.

    Combine in a large shaker or pitcher with ice, shake or stir briskly. Pour over the rocks into small tumblers, pony glasses or cordial glasses and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

    For a more involved, even more Autumny concoction, try this modern mixology take on the Early Autumn Cocktail (recipe from About.com):early_autumn

    •    1.5 oz. Bombay Sapphire infused with dried pear and apples (click for recipe)
    •    1/2 oz. Lucid absinthe
    •    1 oz. local apple cider
    •    1/2 oz. pear brandy (Adam recommends: Massenez Williams Poire Brandy)
    •    1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
    •    2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters
    •    Ginger beer
    •    cinnamon stick for garnish
    •    lemon peel for garnish

    Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake it up. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Wow, huh?

    Here’s the song, Woody Herman featuring Stan Getz on sax.

  • Retro Review: Pan Am, Boardwalk Empire Open with A+

    Posted on September 27th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 6 comments

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    Well Retro-Loving friends, you couldn’t ask for much more this weekend than these two fantastic shows: Pan Am, and Boardwalk Empire.

    We kind of knew Boardwalk Empire was going to be good. Last season was the perfect blend of gangsters, half-naked 20s chicks, Atlantic City boardwalk and booze. The season opener didn’t disappoint, with plenty of action bootleg hootch.

    But the real surprise was with Pan Am, the retro-tastic “drama” that ABC premiered to take advantage of the Mad Men-nostalgia kick. And man, did it deliver! knucky

    Opening with (the actual) Buddy Greco version of “Around the World” and ending with (the actual) Bobby Darrin version of “Mack the Knife”, this 1963-era show hit the mark on every second of film. Interesting characters in very kool garb acted perfectly through multiple storylines…and, unlike The Playboy Club, not one murder during the entire show! It was the kind of show with the kind of cinematography that made you smile throughout. Can’t wait for next week’s episode.

    The Bunny Club gets a second shot at getting my attention tonight. I have high hopes for this show…but then again, I’m on my third Scotch.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Television Room at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Pan Am Takes Flight Tonight From The Tarmac At ABC

    Posted on September 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    The Crew of Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci

    The Crew of Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci

    It’s no coincidence that the new retro-fab TV drama “Pan Am” has taxied into the same time slot that Mad Men should be filling. ABC is hoping to bank off the popularity of Mad Men with this slick, cool-styled show.

    Set in 1963, Pan Am gives us a glimpse into the lives of what have become icons of the jet-set era…the Pan Am stewardesses, those beautiful, sexy goddesses that served our mini-bottle liquor in tight skirts and had a reputation for being easier to make than a toaster waffle. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Review: The Playboy Club…It Ain’t No Mad Men, Baby

    Posted on September 21st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 7 comments
    A VERY racy image for 1963 - a blonde, a brunnet and a red head all in the same photo.

    A VERY racy image for 1963 - a blonde, a brunette and a redhead all in the same photo.

    True Retro Lovers, you’re in for a let down.

    Now, those of you who read Tiki Lounge Talk regularly know that I don’t usually review a movie or TV show. I generally just present stuff I really dig, hoping you’ll dig it too. I know I sound like I’m slamming this show…in fact, I sort of enjoyed it, and will continue watching it (unless it gets really bad). I’m just disappointed that NBC went all through the trouble of doing a show set in the 1960s and completely missed the point of doing a show set in the 1960s. It’s the ambiance, the over-all look, feel and texture of Mad Men’s style that roped us in to Mad Men. The writing and unorthodox story telling keeps us coming back. Rehashing a good old “oops I killed the gangster, uh oh” plot just doesn’t cut it for me. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Halloween Decorating Has Begun At The Tiki Lounge!

    Posted on September 19th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Yes, these are skeleton flamingos. Just like the pink ones.

    Yes, these are skeleton flamingos. Just like the pink ones.

    If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know how kookie I am for Halloween. Every year I abandon sanity and turn my humble, tropical-themed home into a house of horrors, complete with animatronic monsters, creepy crawlies, and a facade over my front entrance that creates the perfect atmosphere for a hauntingly good time.

    I’ve already started building props and organizing decor for this year’s shindig, and have in fact begun putting up decor in lesser-used rooms of Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar (my abode). The goal this year, as it is every year, is to have everything done a few weeks before Halloween so I can actually enjoy the season…including going to haunted-house walk-throughs, and being able for OPP – other people’s parties.

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    A hollographic image-changing photo, just like at the Haunted Mansion.

    This year’s theme is VAMPIRES. A cliché, I know, but vamps are so hot this year that I couldn’t resist. The real trick is decorating a goth Vampire’s lair with Tiki undertones…hmmm…

    This will be the official 25th anniversary of my kooky Monster Mash Bash, a party I started on a crisp October day in 1986 when a hot chick I knew came to me and said she wanted to have a Halloween party at her spooky house in the woods.

    A skeleton in my closet

    A skeleton in my closet

    Turned out the chick was nutz, so my friends and I had the party at my place. I was only 18, and funds were low so we did the whole party on a budge of 12 bucks. Cheap, market-brand soda, no-frills chips, homemade onion dip and popcorn served as the fare while we watched old black and white horror movies made fun of each others’ costumes. I was Dracula for that first party…and I suppose I will be again this year.

    Playwitch...my favortie magazine (Yes, I made that myself)

    Playwitch...my favortie magazine (Yes, I made that myself)

    Of course, every party is done with a retro style theme. I mean, what holiday is more “retro-ee” than Halloween? (and don’t say Christmas. Nobody does old-fashioned Christmases anymore. Not when there’s an iPad under the tree). The whole point of Halloween is to celebrate a centuries-old tradition, with witches and goblins and vampires and zombies and all those groovy monsters that all go way back. We watch classic horror films, bob for apples and eat candy just like your grandparents did. Even the decor…at least anything store-bought…still looks like it did 30, 50, 80 years ago.

    25 years ago the paper cut-out skeletons and pumpkins looked the same as they do now, the same as they did when I was a little kid. Hmmm 25 years. 25 years is a long stretch to do anything, especially a party. A third of the kittens showing up at the party won’t even be 25 years old! So I’m going to have to do something extra special for this year’s soiree. I dunno…maybe I’ll get some real monsters this year!

    -Tiki “Drac” Chris, reporting from the dungeon at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar