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  • Today is International Exotic Cocktail Day! Tiki Drink Recipes

    Posted on October 4th, 2013 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    exotic-cocktail-dayIt’s here! International Exotic Cocktail Day 2013!

    #IECD is a day to celebrate with our favorite Tiki drinks. It doesn’t matter where you are, whether at home or at a Tiki bar, just mix up some rum and fresh juices and top with a pineapple slice and a paper umbrella! (Where appropriate. Don’t put a paper umbrella on a Jet Pilot, for instance ;)

    Yours truly, Tiki Chris, started International Exotic Cocktail Day a few years ago as a way to bring my world-wide Tiki friends together, without actually getting together. You don’t have to do anything special…a Rum Swizzle in your living room is fine; or you can go all-out and plan a happy hour with friends at The Mai Kai or Trader Vic’s.

    Enjoy the day/night with a Tiki Cocktail!

    Here’s a few drink recipes in case you decide to host your own #IECD party at home. For more great recipes visit Tiki Lounge Talk’s Tiki Drinks! page.

    Mai Tai, from Don the Beachcomber:

    •    1 oz Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
    •    1 oz Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
    •    1 oz fresh lime juice
    •    1/2 oz Orange Curacao.
    •    1/4 oz Simple Syrup.
    •    1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

    Add to a shaker with crushed ice and shake it up, baby. Pour over rocks in a Tiki mug or Old Fashioned glass and garnish with mint sprig, so that you sense the mint as you take in the drink. An umbrella is mandatory, unless you have a fresh tropical flower to replace.

    Navy Grog

    oz Light Puerto Rican Rum (Bacardi Silver, Meyers White)
    1 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Myers Dark, Coruba Dark, Appleton Estate)
    1 oz Demerara Rum
    3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
    3/4 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
    3/4 oz Honey, warmed
    Club Soda Shake everything but the soda up in a shaker and strain over rocks in a tall Tiki mug. Top it off with the soda and give it a quick stir with an appropriate swizzle stick (a flamingo, Tiki head, or something vintage. Don’t be lazy and use one of those plain plastic ones with the little ball on the end and nothing else). Garnish this masterpiece with a combination of lime, pineapple and cherry on a sword, and if you can, add an orchid. Fantabulous, man!

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar…

    Tiki Galore (A Tiki Chris original!)

    The Tiki Galore

    1 oz. Amaretto
    1 oz. Dark Rum
    1/2 oz. Triple Sec
    2 oz. Orange Juice
    1/2 tspn powdered sugar

    Pour everything into a shaker with shaved ice, shake, and strain over ice cubes in a tiki glass. Garnish with everything tropical-looking you can find. You can make it a little more tart by squeezing in some lemon, a little sweeter with more sugar. Drink up! It ain’t bad, and will knock you on your ass! Cheers!

    Scorpion Bowl

    8 ounces of silver Rum (personally I prefer dark rum, and it gives this concoction a richer taste)
    4 ounces Brandy (used something decent, not that $11 a bottle junk!)
    8 ounces of orange juice (fresh squeezed is best)
    4 ounces of lemon juice (you can add a little more if you want it more tart)
    3 ounces orgeat syrup
    2 cups of crushed ice (plus extra cubes)

    Mix up everything except the ice in a big bowl, bucket, tub, whirlpool, whatever you’ve got. Toss the crushed ice in a blender for a few seconds, and add about half to your Scorpion or Volcano Bowl. Fill with the booze, add in a few cubes. Garnish with floating flowers and use those long-assed straws to drink it up. This big bowl-o-rama is best enjoyed with a couple of hip friends, some Martin Denny playing on the hi-fi, and candlelight or Tiki torches.

    You’ll have to keep tasting this stuff before you pour it in for you guests, as the balance can be tricky. Too much orgeat syrup and it will be overly sweet. Too much lemon and you’ll pucker up like a duck. Fresh juices make a much better, more authentic-tasting drink (always) and will impress your friends. If you have a Volcano Bowl, add an ounce of 151 Rum to the volcano and light it up!

    We’ll be heading to The Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale tonight. I’m planning on a few Jet Pilots and Mai Tais, and a stretcher to get me out of there. Cheers!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

  • International Exotic Cocktail Day 2012- Friday, Oct 5th

    Posted on October 4th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    exotic-cocktail-dayIt’s nearly here – tomorrow is the third annual International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    #IECD is a day for celebrating all that is great, swingin’, kool and magical about Tiki & Exotic Cocktails. Hey, there’s a day for everything now…why not have a day to celebrate something that really matters? BOOZE.

    People all over the world will be celebrating this day by having an exotic cocktail (or two, or three…). Wherever, whenever, with whomever…as long as you have a Tiki drink in hand and a smile on your face.

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    I’ll be celebrating this day all day. After all, I invented it so I guess I should, right?

    I’ll be making Zombies for my co-workers for at-work happy hour (I work at an ad agency, so liquor is ok here in moderation). With any luck and if traffic is on my side, I’ll be swinging by The Wreck Bar to see Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s underwater show, then will head over to the Mai Kai around 8 to drink Mai Tais and Jet Pilots, and listen to the Cutback Surf Band. Those cats can really rock old-school surf tunes.

    I’ll be finishing the night at home, at my private Tiki bar, affectionately known as Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar. I’m thinking I’ll mix up a Pirate’s Wench, my own Tiki cocktail concoction.

    maitaiHappy International Exotic Cocktail Day, kids! Live it up!

    Join the #IECD event on Facebook!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from the liquor store on the corner of Tiki Island Road and Tropical Paradise Avenue, Florida

    For a list of Exotic Cocktail recipes, visit Tiki Lounge Talk’s mixed-up drinks page!

  • Tiki Oasis 12 Starts Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego!

    Posted on August 15th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-oaisis-12“You Mission, if you choose to accept it…” is how this year’s Tiki Oasis website welcomes you. And there’s a good reason – the theme this year for the world’s largest Tiki gathering is Exotic Espionage & Polynesian Pulp!

    As if thousands of Tikiphiles getting together for drinks with entertainment and vintage merchandise wasn’t enough, the cats and kittens who put on this shindig decided to go with the ultra-cool mid-century spy theme to spice things up even more.

    Marina the Mermaid

    Marina the Mermaid

    While the expected entertainment includes surf bands, Exotica bands, dancers, DJs and burlesque beauties, this year visitors can dig some extra hipness concentrated on the spy theme, including a symposium on the cinematic/television history of exotic espionage and Polynesian pulp by fellow author Will “The Thrill” Viharo. Fort Lauderdale’s own Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid will also perform, along with swingin’ bands like The Exotics, Thee Swank Bastards and The Tikiyaki Orchestra.

    Will "The Thrill"

    Will "The Thrill"

    As always there will be a groovy art show and the ever popular antique/classic/hot rod car show, plus appearances and seminars by the likes of Sven Kirsten and Meghan Mayhem, all with a spy-scene tilt. Dig it.

    For a complete list of entertainment, schedule and other info visit the Tiki-O website at www.tikioasis.com/2012.

    -Tiki Chris, jealously reporting from the opposite coast!

    Cabernet Dance

    Cabernet Dance

  • Murder on Tiki Island by Tiki Chris Pinto: Great Review on LetsTiki.com

    Posted on November 20th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    The great reviews keep coming in for Murder on Tiki Island by yours truly, Tiki Chris!

    Recently Darrin Vindiola of Dads Dish wrote a spectacular review of the book, siting it’s great imagery, fun characters and original plot line.

    This week, Damon of Let’s Tiki wrote (and put on video) his great review of this Tiki-lover’s tome:

    “Aloha,
    I want to tell you about a great book I recently read, Murder on Tiki Island.  I really enjoyed the book. It made me feel like I was on a tropical vacation when, in reality, I never left Wisconsin.  Murder on Tiki Island was written by Tiki Chris Pinto.  The book takes place in October, 1956, and follows the story of New York City detective Bill Riggins…” You can read the rest of the review here at LetsTiki.com.

    Damon is a long-time connoisseur of Tiki cocktails, culture and decor. His Let’s Tiki website has a ton of great info, exotic cocktail recipes and much more for the Tiki lover.

    Mahalos for that glowing review, Damon! It’s kats like you that the book is written for!

    -Tiki Chris P., author of Murder on Tiki Island.

  • The Playboy Club Already Canceled; Pan Am Soars; International Exotic Cocktail Day Almost Here

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    Well, I guess my scathing review of the premier of The Playboy Club was on the mark. After only three episodes, the retro drama is off the air…So far NBC doesn’t even have plans to run off the remaining episodes in another time slot. Poor initial ratings and sharp viewer decline in the last two episodes (along with some squawking from a big-mouthed religious group who thinks Playboy is pornographic, ugh) caused the advertisers to jump ship. And without dough, there’s no show. Shame, since episode two was a thousand times better than episode one. Haven’t seen the third one yet.

    Now…when you swing over to Pan Am, you can’t help but smile. They’ve really captured the era, and give people like us an hour a week to feel like we’re back in the days when you could get a real martini (in a real glass martini glass), complete with olives and pretty, smiling stewardess on an airplane.The story lines are solid and keep us interested, and peaks of vintage Cadillacs and Chryslers remind us of the days when the most elegant, luxurious and powerful cars were built in Detroit.

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    Friday is International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar...

    We’ve been waiting all year for Friday, October 7 just so we could drink a cool rum concoction! Ok, we didn’t wait. But what better way to pledge our allegiance to the Exotic Cocktail than to have a day dedicated to it? This Friday, raise a glass and toast your friends, family, boss, gardener, dog, whatever, wherever you are, whatever time you can make it. Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day with me, and show the world you’re a Tiki Drink Lover!

    We’ll be celebrating at the famous Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show through the portholes. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai for a nightcap. Hope to see some of you there!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Lounge