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  • Halloween, Cartoons and Halloween Tiki Cocktail Recipes

    Posted on October 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    Hey rockin’ daddy-O’s and krazy little mamas! Halloween is right around the corner…And this time of year I get so busy with decor and parties, I don’t have a lot of ticks left to write posts. So here are some kookie, fun vintage spooky videos and cocktail concoctions for the season of the witch, to get you through the next couple of days…

    Betty Boop and Cab Calloway, Minnie The Moocher

    Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Ghost of Stephen Foster

    The Nightmare Before Christmas, Oogie Boogie’s Song

    Tiki Cocktails Recipes for Halloween (and some spooky movies!)

    The Original Zombie

    Red Devil

    Red Death

    Pumpkin Martini

    Frozen Zombie, Dracula’s Blood & The Michael Myers Halloween Cocktail

  • The Bayou Slime Cocktail – Your Weekend Tiki Drink Recipe

    Posted on October 14th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    The Bayou Slime

    The Bayou Slime

    With Halloween fast approaching, it’s imperative to have a spooky cocktail or two waiting in the wings. Zombies, Blue Devils and Vampire’s Blood Martinis are perfect for the Halloween-decorated Tiki Bar, but to really raise the “bar” you need a nice gooey

    Bayou Slime

    A true Tiki drink, the Bayou Slime mixes rum with spiced cordial syrup and fresh mint to give you a drink that’s both tasty and kind of gross.

    Ingredients:
    •    2 oz Dark Rum
    •    6-8 fresh mint leaves
    •    1/2 oz Fee Brothers Spiced Cordial Syrup
    •    1 egg white

    Our house is fully decorated for Halloween. Now we just need to mix the drinks.

    Our house is fully decorated for Halloween. Now we just need to mix the drinks.

    Muddle mint leaves together with the syrup. Make sure the leaves are crushed. (Save a few leaves for the garnish) Throw everything together in a shaker with ice and shake it up real good. Strain into a martini glass and add some fresh crushed mint leaves on top as a garnish. The egg makes the concoction kind of frothy and slimy, and the mint makes it look like it’s covered in moss. To make it even spookier, add a couple of drops of green food coloring, or serve in one of those cool skull Tiki mugs.

    Happy Halloween!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from the Haunted Castle

  • The House on Haunted Hill, 1959 for Mod Movie Monday

    Posted on October 11th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    house_on_haunted_hillposterThere’s nothing like a good old fashioned 1950s horror flick to get in the Halloween spirit. And when Vincent Price is in the mix, you can be sure it will be spooky, fun, and even a little cheesy in a good way.

    One of my old favorites is

    The House on Haunted Hill, 1959

    Vincent Price plays an eccentric millionaire who invites 5 guests to a “haunted house” for an overnight party, promising each of them $10,000 if they can make it through the night alive. Ghosts, murder, and a walking skeleton terrorized the guest until morning.

    vincentpricehaunted-hill

    It’s also fun to point out that the “haunted house” exterior used in the film is The Ennis Brown House in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924. They mention that the house is 100 years old, but it’s so obviously not that it makes it really funny. The house is imposing though, and the procession of “Funeral Cars” that take the guests there is a nice touch.

    hauntedhillskeletonThis B&W classic gets my vote for a fun and creepy midnight movie. Sit back with a box of popcorn and Hershey bars, turn out the lights and prepare to be creepified!

    Drinks: Only the best for Vincent Price’s guests. Crack open a bottle of champagne with your popcorn. And don’t forget your .45 automatic.


    -Tiki Chris reporting from the screening room

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    house-on-haunted-hill-party

    Here’s the Trailer…

  • Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    Posted on October 7th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    mai-taiHappy International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    Today is a day to remember how much we all love Tiki cocktails. Most of us do this on a daily or weekly basis anyway, but what the hell, let’s have one special day to really drive the point home, right?

    So I raise of glass of imported rums, exotic spices and fresh citrus juices to you all Tikiphiles, Retro lovers and all. Cheers!

    We’ll be celebrating tonight at Florida’s famous Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale, where we’ll be watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai! My plan is to have a Mai Tai, a Jet Pilot and a Rum Barrel. We’ll see how that goes…

    Hope you kids all have a great time tonight…whether it’s at your favorite Tiki bar, or in your own home with friends, take a few minutes to remember that no matter how hard times get, no matter how bad things are, a cool and tasty Exotic Cocktail can take you away for a little while.

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

    Looking for Exotic Cocktail recipes? Check out Tiki Lounge Talk’s

    Tiki Drinks Page

    For lots of kool, vintage style concoctions.

  • The Playboy Club Already Canceled; Pan Am Soars; International Exotic Cocktail Day Almost Here

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    Well, I guess my scathing review of the premier of The Playboy Club was on the mark. After only three episodes, the retro drama is off the air…So far NBC doesn’t even have plans to run off the remaining episodes in another time slot. Poor initial ratings and sharp viewer decline in the last two episodes (along with some squawking from a big-mouthed religious group who thinks Playboy is pornographic, ugh) caused the advertisers to jump ship. And without dough, there’s no show. Shame, since episode two was a thousand times better than episode one. Haven’t seen the third one yet.

    Now…when you swing over to Pan Am, you can’t help but smile. They’ve really captured the era, and give people like us an hour a week to feel like we’re back in the days when you could get a real martini (in a real glass martini glass), complete with olives and pretty, smiling stewardess on an airplane.The story lines are solid and keep us interested, and peaks of vintage Cadillacs and Chryslers remind us of the days when the most elegant, luxurious and powerful cars were built in Detroit.

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    Friday is International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar...

    We’ve been waiting all year for Friday, October 7 just so we could drink a cool rum concoction! Ok, we didn’t wait. But what better way to pledge our allegiance to the Exotic Cocktail than to have a day dedicated to it? This Friday, raise a glass and toast your friends, family, boss, gardener, dog, whatever, wherever you are, whatever time you can make it. Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day with me, and show the world you’re a Tiki Drink Lover!

    We’ll be celebrating at the famous Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show through the portholes. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai for a nightcap. Hope to see some of you there!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Lounge