Posted on May 28th, 2012 1 comment
For most kids, Memorial Day marks the official beginning of summer, the start of the tourist season and a great 3-day weekend for barbecuing. But let’s take a quick look at what Memorial Day is really all about…
A little history lesson: Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873, and was adopted by all states after World War I. In 1971 Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May, to give us a three-day weekend.
Today we honor our fallen troops with memorials, dedications and parades. But we also honor their memory by enjoying the very things they gave their lives for, including spending time with family and friends, picnics, barbecues and special events. Many states have massive fireworks displays as a bittersweet reminder of “bombs bursting in air”, and that we are blessed to be living in a time of relative peace.
To all the men and women of the United States Military, past, present, and future: We thank you for your service and your sacrifices, and salute you!
Here’s last year’s Tiki Lounge post, featuring 1955′s Picnic for Mod Movie Monday: Memorial Day at the Tiki Lounge 2011
-Tiki Chris, reporting from the Lanai, eating a burger and macaroni salad at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge
Posted on May 11th, 2012 2 comments
With the running of the Kentucky Derby last week it was only a matter of time before my mind turned to booze. Well, I don’t mean that literally, although at this rate someday it just might. Anyway, the minute I realized it was Kentucky Derby time the tune from “One Mint Julep” started going around in my head and thoughts of Bourbon and mint started swirling in the giant martini glass that holds my brain.
The Mint Julep
…isn’t my favorite drink, but it’s been a staple of deep south backyard parties and sporting events for as long as Bourbon has been around. Personally I’d rather have a Mojito, but I don’t think they serve them in Kentucky.
4 fresh mint sprigs
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp water
Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a tall glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with slices of orange, lemon, pineapple and a cherry, plus a mint sprig. Just like a Mai Tai, the mint sprig should protrude from the glass high enough so that you get the scent while sipping. Serve with a straw, paper one if you can find it.
And now for the song…One Mint Julep, this version by The Clovers
-Tiki Chris reporting from the grand stand at Tiki Lounge Talk, the web lounge for kool kats and swingin’ kittens.