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  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Don the Beachcomber’s Navy Grog

    Posted on January 7th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 6 comments

    navy-grogImagine yourself sitting on a beautiful, white-sand beach, the Pacific Ocean in front of you, majestic black mountains behind you, a pretty native girl laying in the sand next to you wearing a grass skirt and flower leis, and assorted cases of exotic rums strewn across the beach, washed up from a pirate wreck, there for the taking. What’s a person to do? How about mixing up a big pitcher of

    Don the Beachcomber’s Navy Grog

    As far as I can find through my limited (and alcohol enhanced) research, Don concocted this cocktail around 1941. A little simpler than drinks like the Zombie, it’s easy to make, tastes good and will knock you on your ass. (Supposedly he limited his customers to two of these strong-arse drinks).

    Here’s the scoop:

    1 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! Make sure you set up one for your half-naked Hula goddess laying next to you. (Hey, we can dream, can’t we?)

    -Aloha from Tiki Chris, reporting from a little island somewhere in the Pacific surrounded by rum and pretty Hula girls. Tiki Lounge Talk, where your Tiki fantasies come true. Or at least sound like they do. You know what I mean.

  • Looking for a Fun Tiki Party for New Year’s Eve? If you’re in California, go to Don The Beachcomber’s Waitiki!

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

    If I weren’t 3000 miles away at the other end of the country, I’d probably be swinging down to Huntington Beach todons_home

    Don the Beachcomber Presents WAITIKI
    A Festival of Music and Cocktails
    December 29 – 30 – 31, 2010

    Being a Floridian, I’ve never been to Don the Beachcomber’s (Haven’t even been to CA yet, can you dig it?) but I can tell you, they come very highly recommended. And with the music of the WAITIKI 7, I have a feeling this is going to be one swingin’ shindig. Here’s the lineup:

    Wednesday, December 29
    “The Jazz Sides of Exotica”
    with the classic WAITIKI Quartet.

    Thursday, December 30
    “Coronation of the Voodoo Masters”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Robert Drasnin & Sherry Shaoling

    Friday December 31 New Years’s Eve
    “The New Sounds of Exotica”
    The WAITIKI 7 with Combustible Edison Alums
    Brother Cleve and The Millionaire

    You can buy tickets separately for each event. For more info, visit the website at

    Here’s the WAITIKI 7 with “Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (a.k.a. ‘Das Knaben Wundertiki’)

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from poolside at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar

  • Hey Tiki Lovers! Don’t Miss The First Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival At The Royal Kona Resort In Hawaii!

    Posted on July 23rd, 2009 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tikman-3There’s a decades-old feud as to who invented the ultimate Tiki Bar Drink, the Mai Tai…Trader Vic, or Don the Beachcomber. Well at The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, there is no question at all. On August 22, 2009, they will host the first annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival! Unfortunately yours truly will be thousands of miles away in Sunny South Florida, but I promise to have a Mai Tai in spirit.

    For those of you lucky enough to be in the South Pacific, here’s a run-down of the fun (A big thank you to Liz Bell at Royal Kona for providing the information and photos):

    The Mai Tai Marketplace — A gathering of local vendors selling their produce, crafts, art and other local designed, inspired and grown goods!kona-tiki-bar

    Battle of the BBQ — A food tasting competition. Vote as esteemed Big Island restaurants battle it out for title and People’s choice awards for taste and presentation!

    BEACHBUM BERRY Seminar — Be intrigued by the famed rum and tiki expert while he explores the true father of the Mai Tai – a paternity test between Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic!

    Battle for the World’s Best Mai Tai — 24 contestants have been chosen from the many entries to compete for title and the $10,000 CASH prize…don’t miss it!

    royal-konaHAPA — the legendary and award winning duo of Barry Flannigan and Nathan Aweau will enchant the Big Island with their Hawaiian music and hula. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to listen to their magic on the beautiful oceanfront ground of the Royal Kona Resort.

    ALL ENTRIES must be submitted with payment no later than July 29, 2009 — DON’T DELAY!
    Enter your favorite Mai Tai recipe, using Bacardi Rum, and compete to win top honors and the GIANT Cash Prize. A panel of judges will score the recipes based on various factors that will include flavor and presentation. 24 Finalists will be chosen out of all of the registrations who will be required to travel to the Royal Kona Resort for the final ‘Mix Off’ competition. All recipes must use Bacardi Rum. The winning ‘Mixologist’ and their recipe will also be featured in printed material after the competition.

    $25 to register your Mai Tai Recipe and to participate in the competition. Please submit your contact information and we will contact you with a Registration form.
    kona-bar-betterSpecial hotel room rates are available for competitors as well as guests and non-competitors. So if you’re in the neighborhood…

    For more information call 808-270-9780 or email
    Royal Kona Resort
    75-5852 Alii Drive
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740