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  • 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

  • More Rum, More Noir – The Rum Noir, Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail

    Posted on August 19th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    The Rum Noir, a Tiki Lounge Talk original

    The Rum Noir, a Tiki Lounge Talk original. Kool Tiki mug by Tiki Diablo.

    Since the other day was National Rum Day, I had to experiment with a few goodies to see if I could come up with something new. Well kids, I did. First I tried some of the Appleton Estate and El Dorado rums mixed with coke and lime. Now, I know some of you will say this is a big waste of such great rums. But the flavor was unique, dark and really very enjoyable. Equal parts of each rum in a tall glass with ice, add in coke and stir. Add fresh lime a little squeeze at a time.

    But it didn’t stop there. I needed to make something my Tiki friends (that’s you) would consider worthy of the drink log. So, after a few experiments…

    The Rum Noir

    surfaced as the winner.

    1 oz Appleton Estate Rum

    1 oz El Dorado Demerara Rum

    1/4 oz cinnamon schnapps (the hot stuff)

    1 oz orange juice

    1/2 oz fresh lime juice (adjust to taste)

    2-4 drops bitters

    Splash of Coke

    Put everything into the shaker (except the soda) with ice and shake it up real nice. Pour into a tall Tiki mug with ice, add a splash of coke. Garnish with a lime wedge and orange slice. This recipe is pretty close to a planter’s punch, with a little kick. It’s called the Rum Noir because of the dark rum, and because I invented it while pulling the trigger on the print version of my latest swingin’ book, A Flash of Noir, which is now available in Print, for Kindle and for Nook. Check it out 😉

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the web-lounge for swingin’ chicks and kool vintage hipsters.

  • Celebrate National Rum Day!

    Posted on August 16th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    gosslings-black-sealToday, August 16th is National Rum Day. Now, I’m not exactly sure why it’s National Rum Day. As a matter of fact, after extensive research I can’t find anyone claiming this holiday, how it got started or why it exists. But who cares? It’s a great excuse to imbibe our favorite Tiki Cocktails made with the spirits of the Caribbean!

    Here’s the link to Tiki Lounge Talk’s Exotic Cocktails page, most of which are made with rum.

    And here’s a link to International Exotic Cocktail Day, which is coming up fast!

    Aloha & Mahalos from the Tiki Bar!
    -Tiki Chris P.

    BTW: There’s a lot of rum getting slurped down in Murder on Tiki Island!

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: My Blue Heaven

    Posted on July 29th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    My Blue Heaven

    My Blue Heaven

    Here’s a easy one to mix up quick at the Tiki bar. It looks pretty and the chicks really dig it.

    My Blue Heaven

    1 oz Silver Rum
    1 oz Blue Curacao
    1 oz Coconut Creme
    2 oz Pineapple Juice

    Easy method:
    Put everything in a shaker and shake it up real nice with ice, until the shaker gets frosty. Pour it over the rocks in a Tiki mug and garnish with a piece of pineapple, and if you have it, a blueberry.

    Difficult method:
    Go to the music shop and buy a book on how to play saxophone. Learn to play the saxophone. Buy sheet music to My Blue Heaven, and record it with a couple of jazzing’ cats to a swing beat. Set up a record deal with a major jazz label and have the recording distributed. When it reaches the top of the charts, have it pressed in vinyl as a collector’s piece.

    Buy a high end hi-fi turntable. Set it up at your Tiki Bar and put the record on. Follow directions above.

    MMM, good stuff.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk