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  • Lake George Iced Tea: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail!

    Posted on June 25th, 2011 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment
    Lake George Iced Tea Cocktail

    Lake George Iced Tea Cocktail

    In honor of Ohana: Luau at the Lake, currently swinging this weekend at the Tiki Resort on Lake George, NY, I thought it would be fun to feature something from the area. And bingo…maybe not so Tiki, but certainly welcome on any Tiki bar in upstate New Yawk,

    Lake George Iced Tea

    I couldn’t find any info on where this drink was first served or why it’s called the Lake George, so I’ll make something up.

    Let’s pretend it was first mixed at The Sagamore Hotel on a hot July afternoon, when the bartender was asked to make something regional for a group of tourists from Millville, NJ. The bartender, not too smart but very good with mixing things, had just made a Long Island Iced Tea and used the last of his sour mix. Thinking fast (and being lazy), he came up with the Lake George Iced Tea, and used pineapple juice in place of the sour mix. Bingo. Works for me.

    Here’s the recipe:

    1/2 oz tequila
    1/2 oz white rum
    1/2 oz vodka
    1/2 oz gin
    1/2 oz triple sec
    1 oz pineapple juice
    Coke

    The Sagamore Hotel, Lake George

    The Sagamore Hotel, Lake George

    Throw everything (except the soda, of course) into a shaker with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker is nice and frosty. Strain into a highball glass filled with cubes, and add Coca-Cola until full. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

    Luau at the Lake

    As most of you know, the second giant Tiki Party of the year is taking place right now on the Lake. Lots of kool bands, vendors, and cocktails are flying around The Tiki Resort, a fab 50s Tiki motel right off the main drag in Lake George Village. In fact most of the town (last time I was there) is sort of stuck in the 50s with modernization in between the fun old stuff, including mini golf, ice cream parlors, a wax museum and lots of souvenir shops.

    Tiki Resort, Lake George

    Tiki Resort, Lake George

    To all you swingin’ kats and kittens who made it up there this year, I hope you have a really great time! I was hoping to get there myself but it got scheduled way to close to The Hukilau to be able to do both. Maybe for 2012 the kats that run Ohana can coordinate with The Hukilau and Tiki Oasis to make things a little easier for us Tiki kids to hit them all!

    -Tiki Chris reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ blog for Tiki and Retro Culture Lovers

  • Futurama Tonight, Luau at the Lake Tomorrow!

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 1 comment

    tv-retro-photoWow, seems like the rum-filled haze from The Hukilau hasn’t quite drifted off yet and already Tikiphiles are gearing up for Ohana Luau at the Lake tomorrow!ohana-2010

    Ohana is the Northeast’s version of the ultimate Tiki bar party. Setup at the oh-so-wonderfully retro Tiki Motor Inn on the banks of Lake George, New York, Ohana is surely going to be a tikitacular gass.

    We here at Pirate’s Cove Tiki Bar won’t be joining the fab crowd at Ohana this year (we blew the budget on drinks at the Mai Kai) but wish all of our pals a wonderfully swingin’ time up there. Since it’s being held in the summer (as opposed to the fall, lac-du-saint-sacrementwhich on Lake George might as well be January) all the groovy summertime fun-stuff will be in full swing. If you kids have any time to explore Lake George Village, do it. Visit Fort William Henry (The gift shop is straight out of 1956), play the mini golf course, take in the old-style wax museum, rent a boat and tear up the lake, and if you have time go on a steamboat cruise. You won’t be disappointed, I kid you not.

    For us shmoes who can’t catch a bird upstate, we’ll be swingin’ tonight with the premier of the NEW Futurama series (see previous post). Ok, it’s not as kool as Ohana but we’ve been looking forward to its return for seven years, so, yeah.

    Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from Tiki Lounge Talk, the Tiki Bar Blounge (get it – blog + lounge) for retro lovers and tiki fanatics.