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  • Tiki-ish Margarita for Cinco De Mayo

    Posted on May 5th, 2017 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    Who says Mexican can’t be Tiki? Well, most people actually. But that doesn’t mean we can’t borrow from Mexico’s most famous cocktail to enjoy this drinking holiday at the Tiki bar.

    As they say, any excuse to have a cocktail is a good excuse to have a cocktail.

    So let’s make this one easy:

    If you’re a Tiki purist, decorate the bar with a few bright cactus plants and roses and don’t read the next sentence.

    If you just want to have fun, hit the party store and decorate with a few Mexican items from sombreros to maracas, donkey cut-outs, just go crazy!

    Then get out the blender.

    Pineapple Coconut Frozen Margarita

    (there are easier way to do this, but what’s the fun in that?)

    • 1 Fresh Pineapple, cut into chunks and set in freezer for at least an hour)
      2 oz Coco Lopez
      5 oz good quality Silver Tequila (I prefer Patron)
      3 oz Grand Marnier
      ½ oz Coconut Rum
      2 ½ Cups Crushed Ice
      Simple Syrup
      151 Rum
      Limes

    Rim glasses in simple syrup, then roll in shredded coconut and set aside.Drop about a cup and a half of pineapple in the blender, add ice, Coco Lopez, Tequila, Grand Marnier, and rum. Blend until smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy.

    Pour into glasses, and top with shredded coconut. Very carefully sprinkle about a tablespoon of 151 over the coconut. Set that baby on fire! Garnish with a lime wheel and go to town.

    Happy Cinco De Mayo! And try not to burn your Tiki bar down!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from behind the Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, Florida

  • Happy Cinco de Mayo from the Tiki Bar!

    Posted on May 5th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

    happy-cindo-de-mayoAh, Cinco de Mayo, the day when Mexicans celebrate the number 5 by drinking five shots of tequila with a 5-ounce margarita chaser.

    Did you know that Cinco de Mayo actually started in 1955 when five Mexican Nationals opened the first Taco Bell in Cancun?

    You may not know this either…the Margarita is actually the official drink of Saskatewan, not Mexico. A Mexican freighter sunk off the coast of Canada on its way to Alaska in 1857, and its cargo…400 cases of Don Pedro…washed up on the Canadian shore. The Eskimos liked the liquor so much they added crushed ice, native limes and homemade triple sec to it, and called it ‘Mah haga reeda”, Eskimo for “!#$%&^# That’s strong $(@&$^”.margarita

    Mexicans finally adopted the recipe around the turn of the century when a famous Mexican diplomat brought the drink back from Canada. At first many Mexicans didn’t know what do with the icy, creamy mixture, and dipped their tacos and taquitos in it. It wasn’t until the advent of radio that the Mexican government was able to get the world out that the margarita was for drinking, not dunking. (This also halted plans in 1921 for a string of cafes called Dunkin’ Tacos.)

    Today most people celebrate Cinco de Mayo without knowing (or caring about) the holiday’s roots, and use it as an excuse for excessive drinking and fun. Woo hoo! Viva Mexico!

    Easy Frozen Strawberry Margarita Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz tequila
    • 2 oz triple sec
    • 8 oz strawberries
    • 4 oz frozen limeade concentrate
    • ice
    • Take a swig of tequila. Crush ice in a blender for 15-20 seconds. Take another swig of tequila. Throw everything into the blender. Taste the tequila again, to make sure it’s still there. Put ther lidz on the blenner. Trun at sucker on an blenn until smooooth.Takka nozzer slugga tequila. Drink duh..duh..uh..what were we making?

    Just for some more fun, here’s last year’s post…

    Ah, Cinco de Mayo…another wonderful holiday whose traditions have been lost and reduced to an excuse to drink (My favorite kind of holiday).

    While most of the world will be celebrating with Tequila shots and tacos, here at the Tiki Bar we’ll put a little Polynesian spin on things.tiki-drink-and-margarita

    I mean, after all, who says Cinco de Mayo has to be Mexican? I’m pretty sure May 5th happens on places like Easter Island and Maui, too, right? So why can’t we celebrate this arbitrary Wednesday with Mai Tais and Chicken on a Stick?

    In true Tiki style, we can bend the rules for this fiesta and make it something our own. Now don’t worry – we can still have Tacos and Margaritas – but with a Pacific flair.

    Cinco de Mayo Luau!

    mmm, tacos and pineapple and chicken satay

    mmm, tacos and pineapple and chicken satay

    This should really confuse your friends, but will be a snap for you to throw together. Set up the Tiki Torches, make a mix CD of Martin Denny and some of that twangy Spanish polka music you hear at Mexican restaurants, and make your food a combination of Tacos, Taquitos, Chicken Satay and Shrimp Cocktail. Put cheese and coconut on everything. Wear a grass skirt and a Sombrero. Try making Zombies with Tequila, and Margaritas with rum. Do the Mexican hat dance around a Tiki Totem and….

    On second thought, maybe this isn’t such a good idea. Forget it, I’m going to Taco Bell.

    – Tiki Bandito Pinto, from the Tiki Bar in the Desert

  • Celebrate Cinco De Mayo Tiki Style!

    Posted on May 4th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    happy-cindo-de-mayoAh, Cinco de Mayo…another wonderful holiday whose traditions have been lost and reduced to an excuse to drink (My favorite kind of holiday).

    While most of the world will be celebrating with Tequila shots and tacos, here at the Tiki Bar we’ll put a little Polynesian spin on things.tiki-drink-and-margarita

    I mean, after all, who says Cinco de Mayo has to be Mexican? I’m pretty sure May 5th happens on places like Easter Island and Maui, too, right? So why can’t we celebrate this arbitrary Wednesday with Mai Tais and Chicken on a Stick?

    In true Tiki style, we can bend the rules for this fiesta and make it something our own. Now don’t worry – we can still have Tacos and Margaritas – but with a Pacific flair.

    Cinco de Mayo Luau!

    mmm, tacos and pineapple and chicken satay

    mmm, tacos and pineapple and chicken satay

    This should really confuse your friends, but will be a snap for you to throw together. Set up the Tiki Torches, make a mix CD of Martin Denny and some of that twangy Spanish polka music you hear at Mexican restaurants, and make your food a combination of Tacos, Taquitos, Chicken Satay and Shrimp Cocktail. Put cheese and coconut on everything. Wear a grass skirt and a Sombrero. Try making Zombies with Tequila, and Margaritas with rum. Do the Mexican hat dance around a Tiki Totem and….

    On second thought, maybe this isn’t such a good idea. Forget it, I’m going to Taco Bell.

    – Tiki Bandito Pinto, from the Tiki Bar in the Desert

    For more fun, take a gander at last year’s Cinco de Mayo post with the true story of the beginning of the holiday and a great margarita recipe!