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  • The Playboy Bunny Cocktail: Your weekend Tiki Bar Drink

    Posted on April 23rd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    moaiSince it’s Easter weekend, I wanted to give you kids a drink recipe with an Easter theme. I originally wanted to do a recipe for an Easter Island cocktail. Funny enough, after searching my library of Tiki drinks books and the vastness of Teh Interwebs, I found NONE. That’s right, it’s 2011 and still, apparently, no one has used the name Easter Island for a cocktail. So…all you Tiki-lovin’ bartenders out there, now’s your chance to make one up!

    Anyway, the second idea was for something with a bunny. And what better bunny to celebrate than the Playboy Bunny. Sure, the Easter Bunny is great. But let’s face it, Peter Cottontail has about as much to do with the Easter Holiday as Marylin Monroe (the first Playboy Bunny, of course). Think about it…they’re both bunnies. They both have sweet candy that give away. One is covered in fur, one likes to wear fur coats. Both always looked stoned. And neither has anything to do with the religious aspects of the holiday..so, without further possibility of ticking off both religious people and those who love the Easter rabbit, here’s your drink recipe!

    bunnyplyaboyThe Playboy Bunny Cocktail

    2 oz. Vodka
    1 oz. Tequila
    1 oz. Margarita Mix
    1 oz. Orange Juice
    1/2 oz. Pink Lemonade
    1 oz. Cranberry Juice
    1 tsp. Falernum (to taste…less if you don’t want it as sweet)

    Yeah, it’s a big drink. Pour everything into a shaker and shake it up with ice. Serve in a margarita glass with a sugared rim, and garnish with a pink bunny peep. The drink should be a nice pinkish-red color. If it starts to look muddy, add some red food coloring!

    Hoppy Easter from the sub tropics!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the Playboy Club, next to Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar on Tiki Island

    Oh, by the way…

  • Happy Easter from the Tiki Bar!

    Posted on April 4th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    2-bunniesIt’s time to celebrate rebirth and spring and all that jazz, whatever your religious views are, here at the Tiki Bar we hope you all have a Hoppy Easter and wonderful spring. The Easter Bunny stopped by our house twice this year, bringing double Whopper eggs, Reeses Eggs and jelly beans. (can you guess what happened? It has to do with trying keeping your basket plans a surprise, eh hem).

    There’s a million kool places to go for Easter Sunday in South Florida, but we decided to stay at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar this year (our house, that is). I had an idea to do an old-style (yeah, sorta retro) Easter Dinner, diner style. We’re having open-faced turkey sandwiches, stuffing, and macaroni salad in the diner-kitchen. (Ok, that may not be traditional, but I and a lot of my family and friends went this route when we couldn’t get together for big family dinners.)

    As for big family dinners…I come from an Italian family, who of course had to overdo everything when it came to food. For Good Friday my grandmother would make the seven-fishes thing. I don’t eat fish (allergic) so I always wound up eating spaghetti or rigatoni or something. But for Easter Sunday, they pulled out all the stops. We had a baked ham, a roasted turkey, and all the American vegetables and sides that went with them, PLUS we had a full Italian dinner including Antipasto, AND Salad, AND manacotti AND ravioli AND a big plate of meatballs, sausage and chunks of steak. Then came dessert, with assorted Italian cookies, pies, pastries, and ice cream. It’s a wonder I don’t weigh 400 pounds.

    Scooter in a Pirate CostumeSince Easter represents rebirth, or ‘newness’, I need to mention a couple more things that are happening today. Our latest rescue puppy, Scooter, got a brand new home today with a wonderful family. He’s off to a great start now and is sure to have a wonderful life.

    StarDust, my 1953 Chevy Bel Air Wild Custom Hot Rod

    StarDust, my 1953 Chevy Bel Air Wild Custom Hot Rod

    Also this weekend, after months of being laid up due to a bad starter, I finally got the ’53 Chevy Hot Rod running again! Today, if all goes well, I’ll be taking her out on a test drive.

    Later tonight, after our diner dinner, we’ll probably relax by the pool, sipping a cocktail or two (or more probably a glass of wine for my wife Colleen). And eat lots and lots of Easter Candy!

    -Tiki Chris, for Tiki Lounge Talk, The Tiki Culture Blog

    (PS – I’ll bet you thought I was going to do some goofy story about how the Easter Bunny comes from Easter Island, and the Moai originally all had bunny ears or something. Maybe next year 😉