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  • It’s National Margarita Day! So, here are some Tiki-Rita Recipes for your party.

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    sexy-pin-up-girl-margaritaTiki Margarita Recipes!

    I just found out this morning that today is National Margarita Day. Not sure who put this day on Ash Wednesday, the day after Fat Tuesday, which created all kinds of problems for some people (from religious to hangovers), but it is what it is, so here are some cool Margarita drink recipes taken from “100 Margaritas” by Johnny Tiki with John Taddeo, available as a free PDF download from Voodoo Tiki Tequila.

    By the way…Voodoo Tiki Tequila is some great stuff, and is perfect for your Tiki bar. The bottles feature a hand-blown glass Tiki inside, and look great on your top shelf. They have a variety of styles, with the REPOSADO being my favorite. Check em out: VoodooTiki.com.

    Coconut Margarita

    “Also known as a Chi Chi Margarita, it’s coco sweet and tasty.”
    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 oz Voodoo Tiki
    Platinum Tequila
    1/2 oz Coconut Rum
    2 1/2 oz Piña Colada Mix
    1 1/2 oz Sour Mix
    Directions:
    Up or on the rocks combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with
    ice. Shake vigorously and let sit 5 seconds. Strain into martini
    glass or into a freshly iced rocks glass. For frozen – recommended
    – combine all ingredients in a blender with ice and blend smooth.

    Tiki Torch Mar-Tiki

    “Flaming shots are for showoffs…like me! And nothing lights a bar on
    fire better than the Grain Alcohol! Grab a bottle at your local liquor
    store or from Uncle Jesse’s liquor cabinet and layer your drink pouring slowly onto the
    back of a bar spoon over your glass. Careful! Unless your into outdoor living, wipe up any spills before igniting.
    Ingredients:
    3 1/2 oz Voodoo Tiki
    Añejo Tequila
    1 oz Everclear or Grain
    Alcohol (float and ignite)
    1 1/2 oz Roses Lime Juice
    Directions:
    Layer tequila first, then lime juice, then the Grain. Light the torch and serve

    Coconut Almond Margaritapina-mellon-pear-margarita

    “Tropical coconut and mango collide. A unique slant on the traditional tropical treat.”
    Ingredients:
    1 oz Voodoo Tiki Platinum
    Tequila
    1 oz Amaretto
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    2 oz Mango Juice or Puree
    1 oz White Cranberry Juice
    Directions:
    On the rocks, combine all ingredients and shake well. If serving up, shake well, then allow a few seconds to rest before pouring.
    Rim: Coconut Flakes

    Piña-melon Pear Margarita

    “Three sweet fruits – luscious prickly pear, juicy melon and
    sweet pineapple – make this mouth watering margarita a fruit filled favorite.”
    Ingredients:
    1 oz Voodoo Tiki Desert Rose
    Prickly Pear Infused Tequila
    1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
    1/2 oz Triple Sec
    1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
    1 oz White Cranberry Juice
    1 oz Sour Mix
    Directions:
    Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and shake. Strain into martini glass or over fresh ice.
    Rim: Sugar

    NOTE! My old buddy Steve Sharpe suggests adding a dollop of honey to your margarita before you blend. Thanks for the tip, Steve. This will come in handy if we ever make it to Manilla.

    Happy Margarita Day! -Tiki Chris, reporting from the adobe bar next to Tiki Lounge Talk.

  • Happy Fat Tuesday! New Orleans Hand Grenade Cocktail Just For You!

    Posted on February 21st, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    fattuesday-mardi-grasIt’s Fat Tuesday, and that mean Mardi Gras with lots of beads, boobs and booze. Whether you’re celebrating in New Orleans or Key West, San Francisco or Atlantic City, it’s a day of fun and frivolity for all. And what can be more fun than a mugful of alcohol, New Orleans style.

    New Orleans Hand Grenade

    Holy cow, what can be more intense than a 5-booze drink? This is a stronnng one, so take it easy on ‘em or you might wind up celebrating by being passed out in an alley.

    Ingredients :
    - 1 1/2 oz gin
    - 1 1/2 oz grain alcohol
    - 1 1/2 oz melon liqueur
    - 1 1/2 oz rum
    - 1 1/2 oz vodka

    mardi-gras-girlStir everything together over the rocks in a tall glass or mug. That’s it. If you’re a wuss, you can splash a little club soda and some sugar in, but I suggest you take it like a man (or woman).

    Personally, I’ve had a few fun Fat Tuesdays here in sunny South Florida, where the weather is warm and the drinks are cold. A fun time was had a few years ago at the Hollywood Beach Mardi Gras, where they had live bands, cheap drinks and a bonfire on the beach.

    Of course Hollywood is a family town, so although there were lots of beads being thrown around, none of the young ladies were baring their busts for their beads. C’est La Vie…there are plenty of places in south Florida to see naked women!

    That Sweet, Dixieland Music!

    The booze and boobs are fantabulous, but without some groovin’ New Orleans Jazz to get the party moving the day just isn’t anything all that special. From the Dixieland blues of Preservation Hall to the ground-breaking trumpet styling of Louis Armstrong, New Orleans has been known as the home of Jazz for a hundred years…and Mardi Gras is a celebration of that little fact as much as the beads, booze and King Cakes!

    So here’s a couple of old-time Dixieland Jazz reels to get you in the partying mood…

    Preservation Hall, When The Saints Go Marchin’ In, 1973

    Louis Armstrong, Basin Street Blues, 1959

    Louis Prima, Swing Cats Jamboree, 1930s (Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love & more)

    The Dukes of Dixieland, Bourbon Street Parade, 1970s

    Sam Butera and the Wildest, When You’re Smiling, 1990s

    And for later in the evening, Moon Face, ‪Giorgio Cuscito‬, Tiger River Dixieland

    -Tiki Chris reporting from Bourbon Street, and baby, I got a lot of beads here…

  • Warm Kona Sunrise: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on February 17th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    kona-sunriseThis coffee drink is sort of like an Irish Coffee that decided to vacation in Hawaii. The liquors blend nicely together with strong Kona coffee, and will have you warmed up in no time on a cold February night. Of course if you live in the sub-tropics like ol’ Tiki Chris does, you can serve it cold on a hot February night.

    3 to 4 oz. Kona Coffee
    1 oz. Vodka
    0.5 oz. coffee liqueur
    0.5 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
    splash cream to taste
    splash Sambuca
    Whipped Cream
    Nutmeg

    Starting with the coffee, pour all ingredients into a coffee or Tiki mug and stir gently, then top off with a splash of Sambuca and cream. Add whipped cream (real, not Cool Whip!) and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top. This is a great drink to have with rum-based desserts.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Coffee Shop at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ Tiki blog for Tikiphiles and Retro Hep Cats!

  • Happy Valentine’s Day from Tiki Lounge Talk! Here are some Vintage Pin Ups to get you In The Mood…

    Posted on February 14th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    valentine-pin-up-5You’ve heard it a million times, but I’ll say it again…Things sure have changed over the years. There was a time when just showing a beautiful woman in a neglige was considered art by some, but pornography by most. A pin up model like this lovely lady to the left could not be displayed in most public places, during the era this print was created. Now-a-days we’ve become so jaded that on a public website like this, you could expect to see a hell of a lot more than a chick in silk stockings…or should I say, you could see a chick in silk stockings and a hell of a lot more.

    We’ll stick with the vintage theme here at the Tiki lounge for this Valentine’s day. Here are a few 50+ year-old goodies to get your motor runnin’.

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    Tiki Chris P. reporting from the boudoir at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Samoan Typhoon – Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on February 10th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Samoan Typhoon

    Samoan Typhoon

    It’s been a while since I gave you kids an exotic cocktail recipe for a Volcano Bowl, and keeping with last week’s rum-soaked, passion fruit syrup-laden drink, I figured I’d give you Tiki drink you can share with your friends…

    Samoan Typhoon

    2 oz honey mix (equal parts honey and water, heated until honey dissolves)
    8 oz fresh lime juice
    4 oz pineapple juice
    4 oz orange juice
    4 oz passion fruit syrup
    8 oz gold rum
    2 oz dark rum
    3 oz vodka
    4 cups crushed ice
    1 oz 151 rumpin-up-lay-down

    Dissolve honey mix in lime juice, then put in blender with all other ingredients, adding the ice last. Blend for 15 seconds. Depending on the size of your blender you may have to do half the recipe at a time. Pour into your volcano bowl, pour a shot of 151 into the top and light it up, stick those lonnnnng straws in and have a ball!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida