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  • Spicy Piña Colada: Your Weekend Tiki Cocktail, and Cocktail Nation

    Posted on July 23rd, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    tiki-bar-drinksHow about something frozen on this hot, South Florida day?

    As the Mai Tai is without question the quintessential Tiki Cocktail, the Piña Colada is without doubt the most famous and best-loved Tropical drink. Welcome anyplace on the globe where palm trees and thatch are present, the Piña Colada is at equally at home at the Tiki bar or on a Mexican playa.

    From Shag’s Tiki Drink Deck, here is the

    Spicy Piña Colada

    1 1/2 oz. spiced rum (I prefer Sailor Jerry’s)
    1 1/2 oz. creme de coconut
    2 oz. pineapple juice
    2 oz. pineapple chunks
    splash of cream
    151 rumpina-colada

    Blend everything except the 151 in a blender with ice until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass, top with about a tablespoon of 151 and garnish with a cherry, pineapple wedge, orange slice and a little umbrella. It’s nothing without the umbrella. Sit in your favorite deck chair pointed at the ocean and enjoy!

    Shag's Tiki Drinks Deck

    Shag's Tiki Drinks Deck

    Cocktail Nation

    So, as I riffed about in my last post, Koop Kooper of Cocktail Nation kindly interviewed me for my newest retro-tastic novel, Murder on Tiki Island. The vintage music podcast is now available at (click the link to listen now!) The show is, as always, great, kicking off with a Diana Krall tune and filled with great music and retro koolness. You can catch Koop’s podcast every week, with new-old tunes a’plenty.

    For info on Murder on Tiki Island by Tiki Chris Pinto, visit the Star Dust Mysteries Publishing website at

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the lanai at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar, Florida

  • Catch Tiki Chris’ Interview on Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation This Weekend!

    Posted on July 21st, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments
    Koop Kooper

    Koop Kooper

    Yours truly, Tiki Chris will be featured on Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation Lounge & Exotica Radio Show this weekend…Check it out at

    The interview concentrates on the release of my kool new Tiki tome, “Murder on Tiki Island: A Paranormal Mystery in the Florida Keys”. It’s a neo-noir style thriller, set in 1956 and filled with swingin’ chicks, hot tropical days, kool cars, palm trees, ghosts and a twisty plot that will keep you turning the pages.

    Murder on Tiki Island by Tiki Chris Pinto

    Murder on Tiki Island by Tiki Chris Pinto

    Murder, Sex, Exotic Cocktails and Exotic Women. And of course, some very eerie phantoms…Set in New York City and the Florida Keys in 1956, Murder on Tiki Island is a noir-style murder mystery which follows Detective Bill Riggins (Murder Behind the Closet Door) through a series of strange, unexplained events surrounding a murder and paranormal phenomena on Florida’s world-famous Tiki Island Resort. Influenced by the style made famous by pulp fiction’s greatest authors from Raymond Chandler to Mickey Spillane, Murder on Tiki Island weaves an intricate web of lies, murder, and the occult shaken with a shot of hot dames and a chaser of cool tropical breezes.

    “Murder on Tiki Island” features Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid on the cover and a custom Tiki by Tiki Hana on the spine (print version).

    Penned by “Tiki” Chris Pinto, author of the noir mystery ghost story Murder Behind the Closet Door, this 1950s style thriller will keep you hanging on edge from the first sentence to the last. Swing back to 1956, when jazz and rock ‘n’ roll both ruled the airwaves, giant finned cars ruled the roadways and Tiki Bars were the hottest spots on the nightlife scene. Riggins, a New York City detective, takes a ‘forced vacation’ to Tiki Island in the world-famous Florida Keys and Key West. Once there he gets mixed up with the seductive daughter of the resort’s wealthy owner; gets taken for a wild ride by a beautiful blonde bombshell; and gets himself suspected of a brutal murder. Skeletons, mermaids, Mai Tais, Exotica music, fishing and phantoms all come together to make this Key West murder mystery a fun, old-fashioned pulp noir novel that’s sure to please anyone who digs the mid-century scene, or just loves plain old fashioned noir-style detective novels. Tiki Chris Pinto’s Florida Keys murder mystery will have you spooked and guessing throughout the entire story, with a few twists that will get you saying, “Wow, daddy-o! Dig that crazy scene!”

    If you dig what you read here at the Tiki Lounge, you’ll love this book. Check it out:

    Murder on Tiki Island official website

    Murder on Tiki Island available at (print version, $11.95)

    Murder on Tiki Island available for Kindle/iPad/Mac/PC ($3.99)

    Murder on Tiki Island for B&N Nook ($3.99)

    Stardust Mysteries Website

    Listen to Koop’s Show this weekend!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from the library at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ B-Lounge for kool kats & hep kittens.