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  • Lychee Martini – Your Weekend Exotic Cocktail

    Posted on September 18th, 2015 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    lychee-martiniThere are exotic cocktails that live just on the edge of Tiki Lounge drink acceptability. These include more tropical/Caribbean drinks such as the Piña Colada and Dark and Stormy, and others that worked their way into Asian restaurants and Tiki bars over the last half century. One such concoction normally enjoyed at upscale Chinese restaurants, but that can be nicely added to your home Tiki drink menu is the

    Lychee Martini

    Exotic, tasty, and with an interesting look, the Lychee Martini is easy to make and fun to serve. After trying several recipes, I’ve found this one to be the most interesting and tasteful.


    1 oz lychee liqueur
    2/3 ounce vodka
    1/4 tspn vanilla extract (real)
    1 dash Cointreau
    2 oz lychee syrup
    1 lychee fruit (canned fruit and juice is fine, it’s not easy to find them fresh, but of course use fresh if possible)
    Lychee fruits, for garnish

    Quarter-fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice, top with cubed ice to about the 2/3 mark. Separately, crush one lychee in a glass and add all ingredients, mix well and add to shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker starts to freeze up. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lychees. Can also be garnished with a curl of shaved chocolate or an orchid for added flair.

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge


    Posted on October 3rd, 2014 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Jet Pilot at The Mai-Kai

    Jet Pilot at The Mai-Kai

    It’s finally here! The day of days to celebrate your love of Tiki drinks.

    This year I’ve heard from people all over the world, including Madrid, Sydney, Germany, England, Canada, South America, and pretty much every state in the Union…all joining in to raise a glass to our favorite past time, drinking rum-soaked concoctions from a Tiki mug.


    We’ll be at the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale tonight to celebrate in style. Maybe we’ll see some of you there!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Tiki Bar on the Lanai where we’re getting things started!

  • International Exotic Cocktail Day is just a Week Away!

    Posted on September 26th, 2014 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    Mark your calenders! Get out your best Tiki mug! Friday, October 3rd will mark the third annual International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    exotic-cocktail-dayWhat is International Exotic Cocktail Day?

    It’s a day to celebrate the pleasure of enjoying an Exotic Cocktail at your favorite Tiki Bar, on the lanai, by the pool, in your living room or on the front lawn. It’s a day to imbibe in your favorite mixes with friends and family. It’s a day to remember the people who started it all and the people who keep the traditions alive today! Started by Tiki Chris of Tiki Lounge Talk, International Exotic Cocktail Day is really just a great excuse to have a fun time with your friends, while enjoying one of the simple pleasures of life: Tiki Cocktails.

    The Official International Exotic Cocktail Tiki Group in Facebook has been growing and growing with hundreds of people, like you, who are ready to spend a few hours drinking great Tiki cocktails with their friends and families. Click here to join!

    The Spirit of Tiki

    You don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy this day. I mean, if you’ve got a cool Tiki bar near by, then go! If not, you can turn your own home into a Tiki Palace for the night. Click below for a list of Tiki Drink Recipes, and ideas on how to build your own Tiki Bar.

    Tiki Cocktail Recipes

    Build Your Own Tiki Bar Cheap

    How To Host A Quicky Luau Party

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar…

    This year Tiki Chris & Wahini Colleen will be celebrating at The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale, enjoying the Cutback Surf Band in the lounge. Come by and say hi, I’ll be the guy wearing the Hawaiian shirt ;)

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Rum Storage Room at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • Doctor Who and the Daleks, 1965 for Mod Movie Monday

    Posted on August 11th, 2014 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    dr-who-and-the-daleksBeen a while since I did a “Mod Movie Monday” post, mainly because I’ve been busy with doing some much-need restoration on my 1953 Chevy Bel Air Custom, writing a new paranormal murder mystery, and launching a new idea…more on that later.

    So here we go, kats and kittens, back to our regularly schedule program. This week we feature

    Doctor Who and the Daleks

    from 1965, starring Peter Cushing as The Doctor.

    This movie was produced “outside” the original series universe, and as such, die-hard Who fans may find it a little annoying that it doesn’t follow the established theme. But the Doctor is still somewhat of a mad scientist, he still has traveling companions (in this, his two grand daughters and one of their boyfriends), the TARDIS is still a blue police box and bigger on the inside, and they still travel through space and time with special effects that remind you of Lost in Space. And it’s the mid-1960s, so there’s a kind of cold war-era peaceful-people-fighting-against-fascist-overlords kind of vibe.

    Here’s the trailer:

    Food & Booze: You’ll want something far-out, futuristic and still 1960s to go with this. I’d suggest Saturn Sliders (little burgers with big onion rings around them) and for drinks, Blue Neptune Cocktails in a tall, clear glass (see recipe below).

    My Take: If you like Doctor Who, or just dig kookie movies from the mod era, you’ll dig it. From the TARDIS interior (which looks more like a black box theater than a space ship) to the annoying Daleks, it’s a fun treat that will whisk you back to the past before accelerating you to the future.

    Blue Neptune Cocktail recipe:

    2 oz good vodka
    1 splash Blue Curacao (Just enough to make it blue)
    1/2 oz Triple Sec
    Juice of 1/2 Lemon
    Superfine Sugar
    1 Lemon peel
    1 Orange wheel

    Mix all ingredients except lemon and orange in a shaker with ice. Strain over a tall clear glass half full of ice and garnish with the twisty lemon peel and orange wheel. You can secure the peel to the wheel with a sword or pick, and add a cherry if you are so inclined.

    Tiki Chris P. reporting from the time machine at Tiki Lounge Talk

    Oh, I almost forgot…that new idea I’m working on: Yours truly is embarking on a little side biz. Starting now, I’ll be offering my cool & kookie services as a vintage-theme party DJ in the South Florida are. That’s right…I’m putting the thousands of songs I’ve collected over the years to good use. So if you know anyone who wants to have a retro theme party, I’m you man…as long as it’s somewhere between West Palm Beach and Miami, Florida. Check out the new website for the low down. By the way…in that world, I’m known as “Riff”.

  • Tiki Bandit of Frankie’s Tiki Room: Your Weekend Exotic Cocktail Recipe

    Posted on April 18th, 2014 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-bar-drinksI personally have yet to dig the scene at Frankie’s Tiki Room in Vegas, being a couple of thousand miles out of the area. But I’ve heard some swingin’ stories about this place, and one of its original cocktails,

    The Tiki Bandit

    The ingredients might suggest this drink is overly sweet and sticky, but give it a try – you’ll find the balance is quite nice. I didn’t have pineapple rum, and used Captain Morgan instead. Worked out very well.

    The Goods:

    4 oz. pineapple juicetiki-bandit-frankies-tiki-room-vegas-cocktail
    4 oz. ginger ale
    1½ oz. gold rum
    1½ oz. pineapple rum
    1 oz. blue curaçao
    1 oz. orgeat syrup
    1 oz. passion fruit syrup
    1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
    1 wedge pineapple
    1 maraschino cherry

    The Works:

    Throw the pineapple juice, ginger ale, rums, curaçao, orgeat syrup, passion fruit syrup and grapefruit juice in a  shaker with ice and shake that baby up until she’s nice and chilly; strain into a cool Tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple and cherry, on one of those little plastic swords. An umbrella couldn’t hurt either. Cheers, kids!

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from the casino at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Somewhere in Florida