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  • HAPPY TIKI NEW YEAR from Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on December 31st, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    Holy Caldonia, another year has come and gone. And it’s been a fun one here at the Tiki Lounge, filled with friends, booze, books, laughs, hot rods and tunes.

    Here’s to a happy, healthy and swingin’ 1957! Uh, I mean 2013!

    Last Drink of the Year

    Well, here’s your last Tiki cocktail recipe for the year, and it’s a fun one…

    The Blue Whale

    I found this poking around on the net…it’s a new drink, created by Aidan Demarest, “one of L.A.’s most sought-after mixologists and the owner of Neat in Glendale”. The drink calls for vodka, but I’m betting it can be just as good…or better…with rum. Actually, I’m pretty sure this is a rum drink already…

    Blue Whale (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times)

    Blue Whale (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times)

    1 part vodka
    1 part Blue Curacao liqueur
    1 part orange juice
    1 part pineapple juice
    1 part sweet and sour mix

    Pour ingredients over ice and mix in a shaker. Strain into a Tiki glass, and serve cold.

    Well, that’s it kids! Drink up, but stay safe. And remember… like good rum and good Scotch, you only get better with age (and a high alcohol content!)

    Cheers, kids!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from Fort Lauderdale Beach, toasting the New Year in style.

  • Mele Kalikimaka from Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on December 25th, 2012 "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!

  • Kalikimaka Cocktail, Christmas Punch & Pirate Eggnog: Your Tiki Bar Christmas Drink Recipes are here!

    Posted on December 23rd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    kalikimaka cocktailEvery year I try to find some cool new drink recipe to feature for Christmas at the Tiki Bar. Last year I shared my own age-old Eggnog recipe, an easy concoction that starts with store-bought nog and goes crazy from there. I’m adding that in at the end of this post, but first here is this year’s featured cocktail,

    The Kalikimaka Cocktail

    1 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
    1/2 oz Kraken Dark Rum
    1 1/2 oz. mulled apple cider (Apple juice will do in a pinch)
    1/2 oz. cinnamon syrup (see below)
    1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
    1 dash bitters
    Cinnamon sticks

    Throw everything in a shaker with ice and shake it up good. Rim a martini glass lightly with cinnamon, and fill the glass with the chilled booze. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy the holidays!

    Cinnamon Syrup
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup water
    4 cinnamon sticks, broken into large pieces
    Bring everything to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Let cool. Ditch the cinnamon sticks, strain into a clean glass jar and cover. Store refrigerated for up to two weeks.

    Chris’ Christmas Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

    There’s nothing worse for kids at Christmas than to watch the adults making special drinks that they aren’t allowed to have. So here’s something that both adults and kiddies will dig…

    1 liter Ginger Ale
    2 quarts Apple Cider or Juice
    1 cup orange juice
    oranges
    apples
    cinnamon
    cinnamon sticks
    nutmeg
    ice

    In a punchbowl, combine the ginger ale, juices, and ice. Add about a teaspoon of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of nutmeg and stir well. Slice oranges into wheels and apples into small cubes and float; sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Serve ice cold with a cinnamon stick. Deee-lish.

    eggnog1And of course, the infamous Eggnog.

    Keep out of reach of children.
    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.

    Hope this helps with your holiday parties! Merry Christmas!

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

  • A Video Salute, in Honor of Pearl Harbor Day

    Posted on December 7th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    attack_on_pearl_harbor_japanese_planes_viewDecember 7, 1941. To most of us, it seems like a thousand years ago, and at the same time just yesterday. I suppose it depends on how much you realize that infamous day, and World War II, affected our parents and grandparents, and still affects us today. Although it’s true that Hitler was changing the world in Europe, it wasn’t until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor forced America full-on into the war. Had Japan not attacked, we may have never committed to the fight in Europe (American sentiment at the time was mostly one of support, but not one of entering England and France’s war). Germany may have conquered all of Europe. It may or may not have conquered Russia, it may or may not have set its sites on the U.S. But one thing is completely clear: The events of the morning of December 7, 1941 allowed the first domino to fall in the chain of events that lead America to become the strongest nation in the world.

    On a happier note, there is one very good thing that came out of America’s involvement in World War II: Those soldiers, airmen, marines and sailors who survived the war in the Pacific brought back with them a love of the tropics, palm trees, grass shacks and exotic women…which led to America’s love affair with Polynesian pop and the wonderful world of Tiki.

    See last year’s Post on Pearl Harbor Day

    Here are some video clips that I relate to Pearl Harbor Day, and WW2 in the Pacific general. Take a few minutes and allow yourself to go back in time…

    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    Movie Trailer, 1970

    Pearl Harbor Attack Scene
    Pearl Harbor, 2001

    In Harm’s Way
    John Wayne, 1965

    South Pacific,
    Bali Hai, 1958

    Taps
    From Here To Eternity, 1953

    The Sands of Iwo Jima
    Final Scene, Infamous Flag Raising, 1949

    -Tiki Chris

  • Happy Repeal Day! Drink Up!

    Posted on December 5th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    Aged ScotchDecember 5th marks the 79th anniversary of overturning one of the dumbest amendments ever added to the American Constitution: The 18th Amendment, also know as PROHIBITION. This was a perfect example of how a small but vocal group of dingbats could manipulate the government into getting their way. Thank God we don’t have that today (yes, that is sarcasm). Anyway, the 18th Amendment made it a federal offense to make booze or even just take a drink. This was supposed to stop men from become alcoholics, beating up their wives, losing their jobs, etc. etc. and to keep women from losing their virtue, becoming prostitutes and having any kind of fun whatsoever. Instead, it created the bloodiest band of criminals in our history: Gangsters. Finally, on December 5th, 1933, the federal amendment was repealed, and eventually (though not fast enough for most people) the states all repealed their individual laws. Well, most of them. As far as I know you still can’t buy booze from a liquor store in Atlantic City on Sunday night, and Ocean City, NJ is still a dry town…meaning yeah, you can’t even get a glass of wine with dinner. Then again, it’s kept Ocean City kind of nice. And it’s a short drive to Somers Point to Circle Liquors.

    Here’s last year’s post, that I though was a lot of fun and worth reposting:

    On December 5, 1933, the United States came to its senses and ratified the 21st Amendment, repealing the most ridiculous laws ever enacted in America…Prohibition. Yes, in case you missed that little tidbit in History class, from 1919 to 1933, it was illegal to make, sell, import, export, drink, look at or dream about alcohol. These laws were pushed through by a small but loud group of extremists who kinda thought making liquor illegal would stop people from drinking it, thus ending all problems of crime, mental illness and poverty in the US.

    Boy, were they wrong.al_capone

    In walks Al Capone, and a whole lot of other smart guys like him. Up starts bootlegging. Crime shoots up, innocent people are killed (or jailed for having a slug), distilleries go out of business and moonshiners rake in the bucks. Yea, that worked really well, huh?

    So in 1933, in the height of the Great Depression, the government ratified the repeal of these silly laws. YAY! Depression lessened immediately, gangsters went legit, and even though the economy was still bad nobody cared because they could get tanked on Jack while digging the tunes of Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway. If it weren’t for Hitler, the 30’s would have turned out all right.

    So celebrate today with a swig of your favorite booze, a shot of hooch, a teacup of gin, a pull of beer or a refined cocktail in a highball glass. Whatever your pleasure, imbibe…for today marks the milestone when the US Government decided they should stick to governing and leave individual freedoms alone:)

    Cheers, baby!

    Note: If Prohibition had actually worked, this would not be Tiki Lounge Conversations. It would be “Tiki Juice Stand Talk” and the conversations would be about playing Lawrence Welk tunes on my C-melody sax while drinking lemonade and driving my 1984 Chevy Citation. YUCK-OLA

    Learn a little more about Repeal Day at http://www.repealday.org/

    -Tiki Chris P reporting from the party room at Tiki Lounge Talk, the alcohol-endorsing blounge for Tikiphiles and retro swingers.