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  • Tropical Storm Isaac washed out a Weekend in South Florida

    Posted on August 26th, 2012 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    cover-murder-on-tiki-island-marinaLiving in the Tropics is great. There’s no better way to enjoy the Tiki good life than having a pool you can use year round, an outdoor Tiki bar and palm trees in your front yard. The downside is, you get Tropical Storms and Hurricanes now and then.

    We got luck with Isaac. Unlike some of the other storms we’ve been hit with, so far this one is just dumping tons of rain on us. It’s already after 5:00pm on Sunday as I write this, and we’ve been lucky enough to not even have a power outage. The winds have been minimal and street flooding is no worse than we usually get during a rain storm.

    But it is a wake-up call. We haven’t had a major storm hit our home in Sunrise (about 12 miles west of Fort Lauderdale Beach) since Wilma tore apart the area in 2005. Many of you out of the area may not even remember Wilma…it was overshadowed by Katrina, which caused substantial damage. But the fact is that Wilma was and still is listed as the most costliest storm in American history. So we’ve been lucky for 7 years…

    It was Hurricane Wilma which gave me the idea for my Tiki-oriented murder mystery book, Murder on Tiki Island. Living through a Category 1 (up to 3) Hurricane was a real eye opener. It made me think of what it would have been like had it hit us head on…basically that would have meant almost total destruction. That led me to research storms of South Florida, which reminded me of the 1935 “Storm of the Century”, a Cat 5 ‘cane that destroyed a large chunk of the Florida Keys. That, and my own experience in the storms here, were the inspiration for my book.

    All weather reports are indicating the worst of the storm is over for us. Tomorrow will probably be rainy but quiet. We dodged the bullet, again.

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the storm shelter inside Pirate’s Cove Tiki Lounge

  • The Hurricane – Your Tiki Bar Exotic Cocktail for the Weekend

    Posted on June 4th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 3 comments

    hurricane-drink-2June 1st kicked off Hurricane Season here in Sunny South Florida. That can be very scary if you’ve lived through a hurricane. However, if you drink enough rum, you can get through anything.

    Such was the case at Pat O’Brien’s in the late 1940s. Forced to buy extra cases of rum in order to get his whiskey orders filled, Pat (I guess) found himself surrounded by the stuff, and needed a way to dump it without losing his shirt. So he (or someone there) invented

    The Hurricane Cocktail.

    Now, as it is with most exotic cocktails, the original recipe has been twisted and bastardized until it’s something completely different. I even found a recipe using ‘almond syrup’. I think they got a half-assed Mai Tai recipe confused with a Hurricane. Anyway, I even checked out O’Brien’s site…lotta good that did…their recipe says to mix rum with O’Brien’s Hurricane mix. Yeah. Thanks.

    So here’s the recipe that seemed like it would be close to something made during the golden age of drinking. It’s complex but not too complicated. It sounds like it would taste good. And it has two kinds of rum, thus perpetuating the “I came up with this concoction to get rid of all this damned rum” story.

    • 2 oz light rum (try Meyers Silver)
    • 2 oz dark rum (Try Meyers Dark or Appleton Estate)
    • 2 oz passion fruit juice
    • 1 oz orange juice
    • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
    • 1 Tbsp grenadine
    • juice of one half lime
    • orange slice and cherry for garnishhurricane-drink-1

    Throw everything into a shaker with ice, then squeeze in the lime. Shake it up real good and strain into a chilled hurricane glass. Garnish with the orange and cherry and a little paper umbrella.

    You could make a frozen one by blending with ice until smooth, if you want to add that ’80s feel to your party.

    Enjoy your Hurricane, and let’s hope there aren’t any real Hurricanes this year, ok? Kool.

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Hurricane shelter in the garage at Tiki Lounge Talk.