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  • Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    Posted on October 7th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    mai-taiHappy International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    Today is a day to remember how much we all love Tiki cocktails. Most of us do this on a daily or weekly basis anyway, but what the hell, let’s have one special day to really drive the point home, right?

    So I raise of glass of imported rums, exotic spices and fresh citrus juices to you all Tikiphiles, Retro lovers and all. Cheers!

    We’ll be celebrating tonight at Florida’s famous Wreck Bar at the Yankee Clipper in Fort Lauderdale, where we’ll be watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai! My plan is to have a Mai Tai, a Jet Pilot and a Rum Barrel. We’ll see how that goes…

    Hope you kids all have a great time tonight…whether it’s at your favorite Tiki bar, or in your own home with friends, take a few minutes to remember that no matter how hard times get, no matter how bad things are, a cool and tasty Exotic Cocktail can take you away for a little while.

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar at Tiki Lounge Talk

    Looking for Exotic Cocktail recipes? Check out Tiki Lounge Talk’s

    Tiki Drinks Page

    For lots of kool, vintage style concoctions.

  • The Playboy Club Already Canceled; Pan Am Soars; International Exotic Cocktail Day Almost Here

    Posted on October 5th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    "Two double Martinis, Jimmy...and whatever the lady wants."

    Well, I guess my scathing review of the premier of The Playboy Club was on the mark. After only three episodes, the retro drama is off the air…So far NBC doesn’t even have plans to run off the remaining episodes in another time slot. Poor initial ratings and sharp viewer decline in the last two episodes (along with some squawking from a big-mouthed religious group who thinks Playboy is pornographic, ugh) caused the advertisers to jump ship. And without dough, there’s no show. Shame, since episode two was a thousand times better than episode one. Haven’t seen the third one yet.

    Now…when you swing over to Pan Am, you can’t help but smile. They’ve really captured the era, and give people like us an hour a week to feel like we’re back in the days when you could get a real martini (in a real glass martini glass), complete with olives and pretty, smiling stewardess on an airplane.The story lines are solid and keep us interested, and peaks of vintage Cadillacs and Chryslers remind us of the days when the most elegant, luxurious and powerful cars were built in Detroit.

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    Friday is International Exotic Cocktail Day!

    At the Tiki Bar...

    At the Tiki Bar...

    We’ve been waiting all year for Friday, October 7 just so we could drink a cool rum concoction! Ok, we didn’t wait. But what better way to pledge our allegiance to the Exotic Cocktail than to have a day dedicated to it? This Friday, raise a glass and toast your friends, family, boss, gardener, dog, whatever, wherever you are, whatever time you can make it. Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day with me, and show the world you’re a Tiki Drink Lover!

    We’ll be celebrating at the famous Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, watching Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid’s show through the portholes. Then it’s off to the Mai Kai for a nightcap. Hope to see some of you there!

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the Tiki Lounge

  • It’s International Exotic Cocktail Day! (Plus your weekend drink, the Mai Tai)

    Posted on October 1st, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 4 comments

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    (Aloha! This is the post from 2010. 2011’s International Exotic Cocktail Day is set for October 7. Check out the Facebook Page for more info and updates, and cheers!)

    It’s here – the day we’ve all been waiting for – International Exotic Cocktail Day! So come on in swingers, pull up a drink and get fabulous!*

    We’ll be celebrating at the Mai Kai in Fort Lauderdale tonight. They don’t know it yet, but they are about to become the world’s starting gate for the event. Who knows, maybe in 20 years it will be something else they are known for!.

    So wherever you are kids, grab a drink, mix a drink, make a virgin drink if you’re too young or on the wagon, and toast to the wonderful life full of Tiki and retro fun stuff that we’re all so luck to be hip to.

    Cent’Anni! Cheers, and Mahalos to you all!

    -Tiki Chris

    *I stole that line from Futurama.

    Your Weekend Cocktail: The Mai Tai

    In honor of the day, I thought it appropriate to feature the drink that started it all, the Mai Tai. Depending on who you talk to it was created by either Don the Beachcomber or Trader Vic in the 1930s or 1940s. I’ve done extensive research on the subject (translation: I looked at a couple of websites) and have found that the Beachbum Berry is probably the most reliable source, and he says it was Don the Beachcomber, so I’m going with that. Check out BB’s page on the subject at BeachBumBerry.com.

    Here’s the classic DTB recipe, updated for modern availability:

    •    1 oz Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
    •    1 oz Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
    •    1 oz fresh lime juice
    •    1/2 oz Orange Curacao.
    •    1/4 oz Simple Syrup.
    •    1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup

    Add to a shaker with crushed ice and shake it up, baby. Pour over rocks in a Tiki mug or Old Fashioned glass and garnish with mint sprig, so that you sense the mint as you take in the drink. An umbrella is mandatory, unless you have a fresh tropical flower to replace.

    Make no mistake, this is the REAL Mai Tai. Anything with pineapple juice, anything red, anything that tastes sweet and sticky is not a Mai Tai, although lesser bars will try to pass off these concoctions to you. Insist on the best, or make it yourself!

    Aloha!

  • ANNOUNCING: International Exotic Cocktail Day, Oct. 1st

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments


    exotic-cocktail-dayOy yez, Oy yez, let it be heard, this is the OFFICIAL WORLD ANNOUNCEMENT of International Exotic Cocktail Day, October 1st, 2010.

    Ah, it feels good to establish a new holiday, and one that’s long overdue. Sure, there are other days like it…but not the actual, official, one-of-a-kind International Exotic Cocktail Day.

    Pass the word! Tell your friends! Tell your co-workers! Tell your bartender!

    What is International Exotic Cocktail Day? IECD, from now on to be held on Friday of October each year is a day to celebrate the pleasure of enjoying an Exotic Cocktail at your favorite Tiki Bar, on the lanai, by the pool or on the front lawn. It’s a day to imbibe in your favorite mixes with friends and family. It’s a day to remember the people who started it all and the people who keep the traditions alive today!

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    colleen-at-the-tiki-barHow to Celebrate International Exotic Cocktail Day: Share recipes with your friends, gather in crowds and drink exiting concoctions around your Tiki bar, or meet up at the Mai Kai (or your favorite Tiki Lounge). Whatever floats your boat, kids! Be sure to garnish everything you drink that day with a cocktail umbrella, pineapple slice and a cherry, even at work. Drink virgin frozen drinks at work all day and add the booze later on. Have an “over the air” cocktail party where you and your online friends around the world make the same drinks at the same time and tweet or FB your results, and toast each other across the globe. Try to make exotic cocktails you’ve never had before, or go with your old favorites. Have buttons and stickers made up that say “International Exotic Cocktail Day”. Go ahead, after all, it’s International Exotic Cocktail Day, so have a ball!

    tiki-galore-drinkHow International Exotic Cocktail Day got started: I was sipping a Blue Hawaiian one evening while looking for ideas for upcoming Tiki Lounge Talk posts when I decided to google “Exotic Cocktail Day”. Nothing came up as an actual day of remembrance and revelry, so like a good Tiki kid I found it my duty to execute this all-important holiday.

    How to share this great news: If you’re reading this than no doubt you’re on board with this great holiday. Spread the word, kids! Twitter your pals, post it on Facebook & MySpace, Digg it, blog it, send out a mass email, whatever you can do to get your F&F in on it. Remember, it’s all about living the kool and breezy Tiki lifestyle, so get hip, kids!

    Official Facebook Event Page: HERE

    The Retro Tiki Lounge on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RetroTikiLounge

    Here’s some great drink recipe posts from Tiki Lounge Talk: http://tikiloungetalk.com/category/drink-recipies/

    Cheers!