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  • Happy New Year from the Tiki Lounge! Banana Banshee and Shirley Temple Recipes for your NYE Party!

    Posted on December 31st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    It seems like just yesterday I was writing a Happy New Year post here under the swaying palms. 2011 went by pretty fast…maybe not fast enough for some of us kats! But it’s over now, just a few hours left as I write this post. This is definitely one of those years that needs to end with a big BANG and you can bet your bottom buck we’ll be doing just that.

    Swingin’ in the New Year should be fun and full of music, dancing and booze. Just remember to play it safe, kids. You know I’m always hawking drinks on this page, as cocktails are part of what make living the Tiki good life so good. Drink up, enjoy ’em all ’til you’re as happy as a clam…just remember to do it right, and don’t do anything stupid like trying to drive, or ask your boss for a raise, or operate a steam-shovel while loaded!

    Here’s a couple of my favorite New Year’s cocktails. One is full of wonderful booze, the other is the world’s greatest non-alcoholic cocktail for any aged partyer.

    The Frozen Banana Banshee

    Banana Banshee

    Banana Banshee

    I’ve featured this krazy cocktail a few times already here at Tiki Lounge Talk, but I can’t get enough of it. I had my first Banana Banshee at a New Year’s Eve Party in 1977. It was all the rage in the mid 70s in Philly, and it just seemed to fit perfectly with the disco music and white polyester suits. Later I found out it was a much older recipe, having a good run in the 1940s and 50s but without the ice cream. Either way, anything with bananas in it is OK with me for the TIKI BAR!

    Ok, I wasn’t old enough to drink in 1977, but it was my Uncle’s house, at his swingin’ basement bar, and he made one with less alcohol in it just for me. I’m old enough to enjoy the full hit of booze now, so here it is:

    2 oz Creme de Banana
    2 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
    4 oz Meyers Dark Rum
    2 oz Coconut Milk
    1 Large Banana
    5 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
    1 Cup Ice

    Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend on high, in 5 second bursts, until the ice is crushed and the drink is thick and drinkable (don’t liquefy it trying to make it smooth). Garnish with a pineapple wedge, a cherry and if available, chopped fresh coconut. Don’t forget the umbrella. Makes about two tall servings.


    The Original Shirley Temple Cocktial

    Like everything else in the world, good old fashioned drink recipes get changed and updated until they are unrecognizable. I’ve seen some kookie variations on this non-booze drink, but the original is still the best…for any age.

    Ginger Ale
    Maraschino Cherries

    Fill a highball glass half-way with ice cubes, and add the ginger ale until almost full. Add about two tablespoons of grenadine, drop in a couple of cherries and stir. If you don’t have grenadine the cherry juice is just as good, maybe better. Everyone has their own taste when it comes to how much cherry flavor to add, so start with the two tablespoons and add a teaspoon at a time until you dig it. That’s it!

    New Year’s in South Florida

    While the rest of the country is enjoying the freezing cold, bundled up in heavy coats and scarfs as they swing down to their NYE party, we in SoFla will probably be wearing Aloha shirts and short skirts as the temperature today is already in the high 70s. This means there will be a lot of outdoor fun, including fireworks, concerts on the beach, booze cruises, and lots of bar hopping in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. There’s nothing quite like toasting the new year in 70° weather, on the beach, under a palm tree.

    This year the little lady and I will be celebrating with some friends at a good old fashioned house party, one of our favorite ways of swingin’ in the New Year. One thing we haven’t done, which is on the list, is celebrating New Year’s Eve in Key West. I have a feeling that Duval Street would be more fun than barrel of monkeys at the turn of the year!

    Happy New Year from Tiki Chris, and the whole Tiki Lounge bunch – Colleen, our pooch Cookie, the cats, the birds, the ’53 Chevy and lizards that live on the lanai.
    Here are some last minute ideas for an Atomic New Year’s Eve Party!

  • Huge 55th Anniversary Party at the Mai Kai Wednesday Night!

    Posted on December 28th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Wednesday, December 28: Swing on down to Fort Lauderdale’s historic Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Tiki Bar for their


    With platters spun by Mr. Jet Setter himself, D.J. MIKE JONES this promises to be a really fun party. There will be an extended Happy Hour and Complimentary buffet in the Molokai Bar from 5 – 9 pm. And the Mai Kai will bring out old scrap books for those that are interested in old Mai-Kai memorabilia! (I’ve seen these books, they are a rare treasure from the past)

    If all goes well yours truly will be there, probably around 7 or 8. I’ll tweet when I’m there so if you make it to the shindig we can get together for a cocktail!

    Hmmm…at the Mai Kai I’ve had the Mai Tai, Jet Pilot, Zombie, Barrel ‘o Rum and Pina Passion. What should I try next…

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from US 1 & Oakland Park Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

  • Mele Kalikimaka from Tiki Chris & Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on December 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    christmas-palm-tree-tiki-loMerry Christmas to all of our kookie, krazy Tiki & Vintage-diggin’ pals!

    Here’s hoping your Christmas & Hanukkah are filled with  fun & presents, and that you have a swingin’ New Year!

    I am toasting you all right now with a cup of spiced-rum-spiked eggnog, and homemade cookies by Wahine Colleen. We’re surrounded by torn wrapping paper and fun gifts…and hope you are too.

    Mele Kalikimaka!

  • Alcohol-Soaked Eggnog for a Very Merry Tiki Bar Christmas

    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    eggnog1With Christmas just a few days away I thought I’d give you kats and kittens some retro Egg Nog recipes to get your Christmas shindigs really swingin’! After all, you can’t have a retro, mid-century-style Christmas affair without a generous amount of booze flowing. And the easiest way to get your guests sloshed is with a couple of cups of good, strong, traditional eggnog. With these recipes, even the most uptight conformists will have lampshades on their heads before Santa makes an appearance. But be warned…these concoctions have been known to make some guests disappear two-at-a-time (and sometimes three) to darkened, upstairs rooms while the party is in full swing in the parlor!

    Easy: Tiki Chris’ Pirate-Style Eggnog Recipe

    I’m kind of lazy when it comes to Eggnog, so my personal recipe is the kind that uses pre-made non-alcoholic nog kicked up with some good booze and spices.

    1 quart good quality store-bought eggnog
    About 1 1/2 cups Captain Morgan’s or Sailor Jerry Rum
    2 oz Coconut Rum
    1 tablespoon Cinnamon
    1 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Pour the nog into a large bottle and add all ingredients (start with ½ cup of rum and keep adding to taste). Shake vigorously and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. That’s it…it’s delicious.eggnog2

    A little more involved: Vintage Style Eggnog Recipe, from

    Thanks to Hurricane Hayward of for turning me on to this kool Eggnog recipe. Check out his blog for lots of great recipes and more…and also check out RumDood’s post with four more great winter cocktail recipes.

    “Egg Nogg:
    .75 oz Brandy
    .75 oz Rum
    .5 oz Sugar
    3 oz Whole Milk or Heavy Cream
    1 Whole Egg

    Mix rum, brandy, sugar, egg, and milk in a mixing tin.  Fill the tin with ice and shake like your life depends on it. Strain into a glass or goblet and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.”

    Christmas Yule Eggnog: A complicated but well worth it vintage recipe.

    From the Old Mr. Boston Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide (my version is from 1979, the recipe dates back to the late 19th Century:

    Beat first the yolks and then, in a separate bowl, the whites of one dozen eggs.
    Pour them together and add:

    1 pinch baking soda
    6 oz. gold rum
    2 lbs granulated sugar (yes, that’s two pounds)

    Beat into stiff batter. Then add:

    1 qt fresh milk
    1 qt sweet cream
    2 qts blended whiskey or bourbon

    Don't forget to have a tasty Camel cigarette with your Eggnog! Santa approved!

    Don't forget to have a tasty Camel cigarette with your Eggnog! Santa approved!

    Stir. Set in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, stir again and serve in punch cups with sprinkled nutmeg on top. Fannnntabulous stuff.

    That should keep you kids hammered through the holidays. Don’t forget, you can always add more booze if it’s not strong enough!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from under the Christmas Tree at Tiki Lounge Talk

    Looking for a great last minute gift for the retro lover in your life? You can gift an eBook to anyone with an email address from! Why not give your loved ones a fun, spooky, retro-tastic murder mystery ghost story…say, maybe, one written by your favorite Tiki culture blogger! Check out Murder Behind the Closet Door and Murder on Tiki Island, both under $4.oo on!

  • Burlesque in South Florida: Morgan La Rue & The Shimmy-Shake Revue at The Monterey Club

    Posted on December 16th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    Morgan La Rue & The Shimmy-Shake Revue

    Morgan La Rue & The Shimmy-Shake Revue

    When you think of South Florida entertainment, things like Hip-Hop, Techno clubs and $30 Martinis usually come to mind. Retro-tastic burlesque shows, on the other hand, are more often linked to Vegas and SoCal.

    Not this weekend. Tattooed beauty Morgan La Rue has been shaking the rafters at The Monterey Club on US 1 in Fort Lauderdale for some time now, and the doll and her ladies will be vamping it up again Saturday night.

    This Saturday, December 17, Ms. La Rue will bump and grind on the Monterey Stage along with Val Vampyre, Francean Fanny, and Ember Furie (great names for some very hot chicks).  If the show is anything like past acts, it’ll be full of edgy, mod-retro burlesque performances, live music and plenty of punk-rock-a-billie rebels in the audience.

    The show starts at 9; Beer and wine are served and there’s usually a BBQ truck in the parking lot. The Monterey Club is a very kool place for kats and kittens who dig the other side of the retro scene…the tattoos, bikes, hard-slammin’ rock and scantily-clad dolls usually associated with the seedy (and fun) underworld of the mid-century era. But if you miss this show, you’ll miss it forever…unfortunately The Monterey Club is scheduled to close just after New Year’s (for economic reasons). So get your kicks before it’s too late, Jack.

    Morgan La Rue’s Shimmy-Shake Revue

    Saturday, December 17, 2011, 9pm

    The Monterey Club, 2608 South Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the pool hall at Tiki Lounge Talk.