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  • Exotica Music – Some cool, breezy songs for your Tiki Bar

    Posted on January 31st, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments
    Now Playing: Swamp Fire by Martin Denny

    Today’s post is just music. But not just any music – Exotica, the official music of the retro Tiki bar or lounge. Just play and enjoy.


    Baia – Bill Perkins, Exotica Tiki Bar music
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  • Happy Labor Day from Tiki Lounge Talk!

    Posted on September 3rd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    How about this cheesey, '80s-retro-style diner sign I made? As if it were in a diner in the 1980s that was trying to look like it was from the 1950s. All it needs is Cheap Trick playing Don't Be Cruel.

    It’s the last weekend of the summer for many of you kats, the last chance to get in a swingin’ weekend at the beach or park or lake..or maybe the last week to surf! While you enjoy your BBQ with a Jet Pilot or Zombie, dig these tunes to get you in the surfin’ mood…

    PIPELINE – The Chantays

    Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen

    Surfin’ & Swingin’, Misirlou, Wedge, Dick Dale

    Surf Rider, The Lively Ones

    Have a happy Labor Day you ker-razy kats & kittens!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the surf shop behind Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar

  • Voodoo Cooler – Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail Recipe!

    Posted on March 9th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    tropical-cocktail-artAs most of you mix-o-matic kats and shaker shakin’ kittens know, there’s a biz-zillion ways to combo rums, fruit juices and ice to make a groovy Tropical Cocktail. Some take time, skill and a bankroll to create, some are easy and cheap, and if done right, all are really good.

    The Voodoo Cooler

    is a drink that you can probably whip together with stuff you usually have laying around the bar, so you can have a tropical cocktail without taking a trip to the liquor store.

    1 oz dark or spiced rum (your choice)
    1 oz Midori
    2 oz coconut rum
    1/2 oz orange juice
    1/2 oz pineapple juicetropical-cocktail-2

    Shake everything up in a shaker with ice, and pour into the coolest looking Tiki mug you can find. Garnish with fresh orange and pineapple, a cherry, and an umbrella. This drink is a little sweeter than most, but it’s refreshing and has a real “islandy” taste.

    If you wanna go nutz…

    Put this all in a blender with ice and do a frozen job, then top with a jigger of 151. Woo hoo! Key West style, baby!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the outdoor bar on the lanai, in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    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:

    Coconut Margarita

    “Also known as a Chi Chi Margarita, it’s coco sweet and tasty.”
    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
    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.
    3 1/2 oz Voodoo Tiki
    Añejo Tequila
    1 oz Everclear or Grain
    Alcohol (float and ignite)
    1 1/2 oz Roses Lime Juice
    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.”
    1 oz Voodoo Tiki Platinum
    1 oz Amaretto
    1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum
    2 oz Mango Juice or Puree
    1 oz White Cranberry Juice
    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.”
    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
    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.

  • Goodbye, Etta James

    Posted on January 21st, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Etta James

    Etta James

    On a cold, damp night in the early winter of 1960, an orchestra of 16 men, including a violin section, warmed up for a recording session in a small studio in Chicago, Illinois. They tuned up, and waited for the girl singer to show up…a young, pretty girl who had an R&B hit a few years before but hadn’t turned many heads since. The producer was a little worried that she might not even show up…she had a thing for heroin…but she walked in from the cold on time, and ready to sing.

    She didn’t even need a warm-up; she’d already done that in the cab ride over to the studio, damn near breaking the glass in the side windows of the Checker.

    She walked up to the mic, cool and professional, adjusted the hight, and smiled at the engineer. “At Last, Take One”, he said softly into his mic, and the bandleader raised his baton to start the orchestra playing a song that had been made a hit almost 20 years earlier by Glenn Miller’s big band, a ballad standard that had been played a million times in the original, ballad way. Until tonight.

    The violins came in, and the girl singer closed her eyes as the intro soared. She took a quiet, deep breath, and on cue, she belted out the two words that would make her a star for the rest of her life:

    “At Last”

    That girl was Etta James, and no one had ever heard that big band ballad sung in such a soulful, lilting way before. With that one song she became one of the pioneers of the modern style of Rhythm and Blues, so much so that a half a century later the most popular singers of the time would do their best to imitate that style.

    Today, January 20, 2012, Etta James left this plane for that big orchestra in the sky. She was 73, and considering the fate of many of her contemporaries, she lived a long and pretty damned good life.

    Thanks for the music, Etta. You’ll always live on as one of the greats.

    -Tiki Chris. (Note: Please don’t take this stylized post as fact. This is just the way I imagine that recording session may have gone. It’s true that “At Last!” was a tune that was originally recorded by Glenn Miller’s orchestra for the movie “”Orchestra Wives” in 1942, and became one of the band’s biggest hits. It’s true that no one ever sung it quite like Etta James, and that she pretty much set the style for vocalists like Beyonce and Mariah to copy. The rest is purely speculation. For more info on Etta James visit