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  • Vintage Drink Recipe: The Asbury Park Cocktail

    Posted on September 28th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    time-for-cocktailsNot so much a “Tiki” drink as I usually post, this recipe is in honor of the Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Weekend Tiki Festival going on right now in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    The Asbury Park Cocktail

    I couldn’t find much info on where this drink originated, although by the ingredients, I’d have to guess it’s a mid-20th century concoction, maybe leaning closer to the 1930s. It’s a simple recipe that’s perfect for this time of year.asbury_park

    1 1/2 oz brandy
    1/2 oz apple brandy
    1/2 oz sweet vermouth
    Shake over rocks, strain into a Martini glass. Serve straight up; Optionally garnish with a slice of fresh red apple and cinnamon stick. To make it more of a “Tiki” drink, serve it in a Tiki mug!
    -Tiki Chris reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk
  • 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

  • Early Autumn Cocktail Recipes: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Drink

    Posted on September 30th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Early Autumn Cocktail

    Early Autumn Cocktail

    While the rest of the country is getting that September chill, it’s 90° here in sunny south Florida!

    Since it’s Early Autumn, I thought it would be kool to kick out the

    Early Autumn Cocktail Recipe.

    Early Autumn is also a very keen jazz standard, immortalized by the swinging saxes of Woody Herman’s Heard (see the video below). This is a great song to play while you mix this interesting cocktail:

    Recipe for 8 servings

    •    1 1/2 cups vodka
    •    1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 5-6 lemons)
    •    1/2 cup Galliano
    •    1/4 cup honey liqueur (such as Barenjager)
    •    flowering fresh thyme sprig, for garnish.

    Combine in a large shaker or pitcher with ice, shake or stir briskly. Pour over the rocks into small tumblers, pony glasses or cordial glasses and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

    For a more involved, even more Autumny concoction, try this modern mixology take on the Early Autumn Cocktail (recipe from About.com):early_autumn

    •    1.5 oz. Bombay Sapphire infused with dried pear and apples (click for recipe)
    •    1/2 oz. Lucid absinthe
    •    1 oz. local apple cider
    •    1/2 oz. pear brandy (Adam recommends: Massenez Williams Poire Brandy)
    •    1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
    •    2 dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters
    •    Ginger beer
    •    cinnamon stick for garnish
    •    lemon peel for garnish

    Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and shake it up. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Wow, huh?

    Here’s the song, Woody Herman featuring Stan Getz on sax.