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  • Remembering 9/11

    Posted on September 11th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    flagRemembering 9/11. It may seem a little off track for this Blounge, but not really. Not when an event changes the lives of millions of people.

    Just as the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 changed the course of American history (and directly led to the mid-century era that we love so much), the attacks on 9/11 changed America and Americans again. Personally, I think part of that change came in the from of more people having an appreciation for our culture, including our past.

    The new Freedom Tower is being built…and what are they comparing it to? The height of the Empire State Building. Ellis Island is currently undergoing its second restoration in 25 years, after being neglected for decades. Classic cars are more popular than ever, with several TV shows dedicated to them. There is even a Tiki Bar in New York City again, after so many years without one.

    We’ll be visiting New York City this weekend, including Ground Zero. I am not a New Yorker; I only saw the World Trade Center Towers once, in 1986. I looked up. It was amazing. It will be amazing to stand where they were, where the new tower is now. I will remember the 3000 people who lost their lives to a gang of whacked-out hoodlum cowards. And I’ll recognize that we haven’t had an attack in America since then.

    Today, I raise a glass to all those who endangered or lost their lives trying to save other on this day. To the victims and their families. To everyone who was impacted by this horror.

    – Christopher Pinto

  • Barbacoa Cocktail – Your Weekend Tiki Drink Recipe

    Posted on September 6th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    barbacoa cocktail

    Credit: Ariana Lindquist, from

    There are two sides to the exotic or “Tiki drink” story.

    One, which is most accepted, is that in order to be a true Tiki bar drink, the recipe must follow (as closely as possible) the original recipes from drinks created from around the turn of the 19th to 20th century, to the 1960s. Anything else is not “authentic”.

    The other side states that exotic Tiki drinks are always evolving, as mixologists use their ingenuity to create new and exciting cocktails in the Tiki spirit.

    With that in mind, this week we are featuring a cool new drink found on

    The Barbacoa Cocktail

    From their site:

    Julian Cox, a bartender at the Los Angeles restaurant Rivera, gave us the recipe for this colorful cocktail, which takes its smoky flavor from puréed chipotle chiles in adobo and its sweetness from ginger syrup. To make your own ginger syrup, boil 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water with one 2” piece of peeled and smashed ginger for 5 minutes. Strain and refrigerate.
    Sounds good, huh? Peppers in a drink? Here’s the recipe:
    1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
    1/4 oz. agave nectar
    1/4 oz. ginger syrup
    1 tsp. puréed canned chipotle in adobe
    1/2 lime, quartered lengthwise
    2 oz. mezcal or white tequila
    1 strip red bell pepper, for garnish
    1 small piece beef jerky, for garnish1. In a cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, agave nectar, ginger syrup, chipotle purée, and lime wedges. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon, muddle ingredients.
    2. Add 1 cup cubed ice and pour in mezcal; stir. Transfer mixture to a cocktail glass and garnish with bell pepper and beef jerky.  Yes, that said beef jerky.

    Now, I haven’t tried this drink yet, but I’m guessing it’s pretty crazy in a good way. I’m planning on trying it this weekend, but if any of you kats or kittens tries it out, please leave me a comment on how it turned out!
    International Exotic Cocktail Day 2013
    Don’t forget, this year’s International Exotic Cocktail Day is Friday, October 4th! No matter where you are, take a minute to enjoy an exotic Tiki drink, to celebrate our love of the good life! Join the Facebook Group for info, events and more recipes!
    -Tiki Chris reporting from the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the B-lounge for swingin’ Tikiphiles and vintage hipsters.