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  • International Exotic Cocktail Day 2012- Friday, Oct 5th

    Posted on October 4th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    exotic-cocktail-dayIt’s nearly here – tomorrow is the third annual International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    #IECD is a day for celebrating all that is great, swingin’, kool and magical about Tiki & Exotic Cocktails. Hey, there’s a day for everything now…why not have a day to celebrate something that really matters? BOOZE.

    People all over the world will be celebrating this day by having an exotic cocktail (or two, or three…). Wherever, whenever, with whomever…as long as you have a Tiki drink in hand and a smile on your face.

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    Colleen Drinking Cap'n Mack's Pirate Grog

    I’ll be celebrating this day all day. After all, I invented it so I guess I should, right?

    I’ll be making Zombies for my co-workers for at-work happy hour (I work at an ad agency, so liquor is ok here in moderation). With any luck and if traffic is on my side, I’ll be swinging by The Wreck Bar to see Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s underwater show, then will head over to the Mai Kai around 8 to drink Mai Tais and Jet Pilots, and listen to the Cutback Surf Band. Those cats can really rock old-school surf tunes.

    I’ll be finishing the night at home, at my private Tiki bar, affectionately known as Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar. I’m thinking I’ll mix up a Pirate’s Wench, my own Tiki cocktail concoction.

    maitaiHappy International Exotic Cocktail Day, kids! Live it up!

    Join the #IECD event on Facebook!

    -Tiki Chris, reporting from the liquor store on the corner of Tiki Island Road and Tropical Paradise Avenue, Florida

    For a list of Exotic Cocktail recipes, visit Tiki Lounge Talk’s mixed-up drinks page!

  • 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!

  • Dark ’n’ Stormy: Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail, and A Flash of Noir

    Posted on August 13th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments
    The Dark 'n' Stormy

    The Dark 'n' Stormy

    This weekend I’m officially announcing the latest tome to my collection of books, A Flash of Noir. To go with it, I needed a noir-style cocktail…and what could be more noir than a classic

    Dark and Stormy

    Trademarked by Gosling’s in Bermuda, the Dark & Stormy uses Gosling’s Black Seal dark rum and ginger beer. It was invented just after WWI, and was a favorite among American sailors who picked it up in the Caribbean. A strong and simple to make tropical drink, it is certainly at home on any Tiki bar.

    •    2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal rum
    •    3 oz ginger beer
    •    lime wedge

    Pour the dark rum over ice in a highball glass or Tiki mug, then add the ginger beer. Stir lightly with a glass rod and add the lime wedge for garnish. Don’t squeeze the whole lime wedge in…taste it first, and add a little at a time until it’s the way you dig it.

    Annnd…fade to black, bring up sepia lights to

    A Flash of Noir

    Just before you mix your Dark and Stormy, get out your Kindle (or iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC) and go to A Flash of Noir at the Kindle store. There you can download my latest book, A Flash of Noir for only 99¢! By the time you finish mixing the drink, the download will be complete and you can begin to read while you sip.

    A Flash of Noir - Kindle version

    A Flash of Noir - Kindle version

    Yes, only 99¢

    …for 30+ short, short stories, flash fiction, beatnik poetry and kool photos, all authored by yours truly, Tiki Chris Pinto (or as I’m known on my author page, Christopher Pinto). It’s jam-packed with kool 60-second reads full of gumshoe detectives, sultry dames, ghosts, murderers, and monsters. There’s even a story made entirely of song titles…see if you can find them all!

    From the book’s description: “From smokey bars in New York City to the tropical islands of the Florida keys, A Flash of Noir takes you for a spin through the seediest gin joints and darkest alleys. One minute you’re speeding down I-95 in a hot rod, the next you’re tasting cheap whiskey in a basement tap room where the women are heartless and the men are unforgiving. Gangsters, cops, private eyes, strippers, murderers, phantoms…plus a few comedy pieces to keep you from wanting to slit your wrists.”

    A Flash of Noir - Print version coming soon. Cover model is Colleen Pinto.

    A Flash of Noir - Print version coming soon. Cover model is Colleen Pinto.

    Why only 99¢? Well, I can tell you it’s worth a lot more, entertainment-wise. But I’m hoping that a lot of you will give it a shot for a buck. If you dig it, I hope you’ll download one of my other books, Murder Behind the Closet Door: The Wildwood Paranormal Mystery or Murder on Tiki Island: A Noir Paranormal Mystery in the Florida Keys…and if you dig those, I hope you’ll tell your friends so they get em too. The idea is to become rich and famous. Ain’t that what most of us want? 😉

    I just realized…it’s beginning to thunder and lightning here at the Tiki Bar. Perfect for a Dark & Stormy!

    – Tiki Chris reporting from the library at Tiki Lounge Talk, the Blounge for swingin’ retro kats and hip chicks.

  • A day off, and your weekend Tiki Cocktail: The Tropical Sunrise

    Posted on April 8th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Tropical Sunrise

    Tropical Sunrise

    It’s been a rough week, kids…no doubt you saw there was no Mod Movie Monday this week. Been crazy-bizy with work (good), writing (better), and of course, drinking exotic cocktails (best). I’m racing to get Murder on Tiki Island finished for the April 30th debut, and it’s taking a lot out of me. So I took the day off from work, have been doing some writing, and will begin drinking those exotic cocktails any minute!

    Here’s a fun and easy on that tastes great at any Tiki bar or poolside cabana. The Islanders’ answer to the Tequila Sunrise, here’s…

    The Tropical Sunrisetropicalsunrisecocktail

    In a shaker, combine:
    crushed ice
    2 shots spiced rum
    1 shot triple sec
    2 shots orange juice
    2 shots pineapple juice
    Grenadine

    And shake, baby, shake! Strain into a tall glass filled with ice, drizzle with grenadine and garnish with orange slices, a pineapple wedge and a cherry. Preferably on one of those little plastic swords. You ever see the drink swords at the Mai Kai? They’re HUGE! I think they must have them special-made, cuz I ain’t seem em anyplace else that big. Anyway, there’s you drink…cheers!

    -Tiki Chris P reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the Blounge for Tiki and Retro Lovers around the world. Come and visit me and my lovely wife Colleen at The Hukilau 2011, here in fabulous Fort Lauderdale, June 9-12!

  • Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail: Walk The Plank

    Posted on March 11th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    coffeeliqueurThis weekend we’ve got TWO (yes, TWO!) Tiki Bar Cocktails for you!

    I recently had a request for something easy, to take the sting off a bad hockey game. Well, this is easy, strong, velvety and is potent enough to take the sting offa anything. So here is a pirate favorite,

    Walk The Plank

    Pour 1/2 shot each of:

    Dark Rum
    Spiced Rum
    Frangelico
    Kahlua

    straight from the bottle into a shot glass, and slam it down. Yikes! Or, you can sip it…it’s nice and smooth. A variation is to pour it over the rocks and stir with some half and half…a sort of a souped-up Kahlua and cream. Nice.chip-shot

    The second drink comes from the headlines. Not that I give a damn about what’s going on in Hollywood, but you have to admit this whole Charlie Sheen thing is funny as hell (Have you seen his “cooking show” on Funny or Die?). My first thought was there needs to be a Tiger Blood cocktail. But, unfortunately, a sushi joint in NYC beat me to the punch with their own “Tiger’s Blood” cocktail. Thing is, this saki and wasabi abomination has no place on a Tiki bar. So, I asked the Tikitastic people that hang out at Facebook’s Retro Tiki Lounge to come up with a better recipe. Didn’t get many; Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid suggested that it should contain Indian whiskey, you know, because of Indian Tigers. My lovely wife Colleen suggested citrus vodka, blood orange juice, club soda and lime…a great combination, but hey, she’s my wife, so she couldn’t win the little contest.

    tigers-blood-cocktailSo, the winner is Robert Millar, who came up with:

    The Tiger’s Blood Cocktail

    1 shot Benedictine
    1 shot Brandy
    1 shot Chambord

    Sounds good to me! I didn’t have the Benedictine so I couldn’t try it out, but it’s better than a cocktail that includes soy sauce so, Congrats, Robert! You get your Tiger’s Blood Cocktail recipe here on TLT!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from behind the bar at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge, the Blounge of South Florida.